The Sunshine State recorded the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 15, according to a news release on Sept. 8 from the Florida Department of Health. The DOH also reports a steady decline in the number of reported Florida resident deaths of those previously diagnosed with COVID-19.
The fourth week of July compared to the fourth week of August, shows a 75 percent decrease in the average number of reported COVID-19 related deaths, according to the release.
Locally, the COVID-19 from the Department of Health (as of Sept. 8) shows there has been 6,794 positive cases in Lake County with 464 hospitalizations and 128 deaths. The data for Sumter County is 2,040 positive cases, 224 hospitalizations, and 55 deaths.
This week in Lake County, the following COVID-19 testing options are available for Lake County residents:
- Adult Medicine of Lake County
Testing is $20 each for COVID-19 swab tests, antibody and rapid tests for residents and non-residents. No symptoms are required, and no appointment necessary.Tests are available at Lake Square Mall – COVID-19, antibody and rapid test, 10401-015 US Highway 441 South, Leesburg. Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.Tuesdays through Saturday. Nasal swab and rapid tests will be done on all test days, antibodies (blood test) will be done on Thursdays only. The turnaround time for the rapid test is approximately 30 minutes. Drive-thru testing will be available outside from 7 a.m. to noon. Testing will continue inside from noon to 7 p.m.
Florida Department of Health in Lake County:
The testing site opens at 9 a.m. and continues on a first-come, first-served basis for residents and non-residents, while test kits are available. Testing is free, no criteria is required, and children may also be tested. Due to the demand for testing, it is recommended that residents call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (352) 742-4830, prior to arriving at either location. The hotline is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. DOH-Lake Clermont, 560 W. DeSoto Street Clermont
- State Pop-up Testing Site
The state supported walk-up and drive-thru sites are offering free COVID-19 testing to individuals, regardless of symptoms.
Walk-up site, 10825 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg. Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Testing Criteria: Ages 18 and older, regardless of symptoms
- Private Health Care Providers
Private care providers may also offer testing.
Please note that this information is subject to change and site closures may occur due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events. Visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 for the latest testing information or visit Lake County’s online testing site locator tool which allows users to find the nearest COVID-19 testing sites in Lake County.
Additionally, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ partnership with the Florida Department of Health to provide reusable cloth face coverings to Lake County residents will continue while supplies last. The effort helps to promote the Florida Department of Health Advisory for residents to wear masks in public and socially distance.
Face coverings are available to Lake County residents and will be available at several Lake County libraries, For specific hours for when masks will be available at each library, visit:
Face coverings will also be available for pickup at the following city and town halls while supplies last:
-Astatula Town Hall, 25009 County Road 561, Astatula
-Mascotte City Hall, 100 E. Myers Blvd., Mascotte
-Minneola City Hall, 800 N. US Highway 27, Minneola
-Montverde Town Hall, 17404 Sixth St., Montverd
Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 resource page for more information about proper mask use and careTo sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352.253.9999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.