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Coronavirus: The latest local updates, cancellations, resources + more

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Major Local Announcements

Health Care Resources

  • What to do if you think you’re sick (CDC)
  • CDC Resources
  • World Health Organization Resources
  • Lakeland Regional Health’s Respiratory Care Center is now offering next-day COVID-19 test results. Those with symptoms can schedule an appointment by calling 863-284-5000. Appointments are required.
  • Wondering where to get tested in Lakeland? Check out this roundup of locations from Lakeland Mom. (Lakeland Mom)
  • Peace River Center offers a crisis line for emotional support for those who may be struggling with substance abuse during this time. Call 863.519.3744 for immediate assistance.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Polk has set up a call center: 863.519.7911, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Have you received a call from an unknown number, saying that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus? Polk County Department of Health’s 14-person team of contact tracers (comprised of epidemiologists, medical experts, local hospital staff + schooling nurses) is tasked with cutting off the spread of the coronavirus in the community. Part of the tracking process they use involves making cold calls to people who may have come in contact with someone with COVID-19. If you receive a call from someone saying they are a health reporter, you can contact Polk’s COVID-19 hotline at 863.519.7911 to confirm. (The Ledger)
  • Lakeland Regional Health is answering FAQs about COVID-19 here.

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