Coronavirus Cases On The Rise In Polk County

Skyla Luckey

LAKELAND, FL — Although more restaurants, bars and gyms are reopening during Phase 2 and allowing greater capacity than Phase 1, coronavirus deaths and cases are still on the climb in Polk County.

As of Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported that the county has a total of 1,243 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 70 coronavirus-related deaths. This is in comparison to Monday's County report at 1,206 cases and 67 deaths.

Across the state of Florida, the department of health reported 66,000 positive cases, and 2,765 coronavirus-related deaths.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently tweeted Phase 2 guidance for minimizing coronavirus:

  • Individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19
  • All individuals that work in long term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.

The Center for Disease Control continues to recommend wearing a cloth mask covering while at public places, keep 6 feet of distance apart from others and have good hygiene by handwashing for at least 20 seconds.

This article originally appeared on the Lakeland Patch