January 2021
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk) continues to work diligently to protect the health of the residents in Lakeland and across Polk County against COVID-19. On December 28th, DOH-Polk received its first shipment of Moderna vaccine and has continued to receive shipments in varying supply in the weeks proceeding. As of January 19th, 2021, more than 19,200 individuals have been vaccinated across Polk County. 

DOH-Polk, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, launched Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine registration portal on Thursday, January 14th. This portal is an online reservation system for those who meet the requirements in the governor’s executive order. Those who are 65 years old and older and who wish to receive the COVID-19 may register through the portal. Users can create an account and upload their personal information to be notified about a future appointment as vaccine is available. The portal can be found by visiting Polk County Government’s website or by clicking the following link: register.polk.health

Polk County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline also remains open. Those who prefer to register by phone, can still call (863) 298-7500 for assistance. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional weekend hours have also been added for Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DOH-Polk is also working with community vaccination partners, including Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare, to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations across the county. These partners will be assisting DOH-Polk in vaccinating those who are on Polk’s vaccine registration list. The registration list includes individuals who have called into Polk County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline or registered through the online portal. Vaccines will be given by appointment ONLY. As more vaccine becomes available, DOH-Polk hopes to expand its vaccination partners to different entities including pharmacies, drug stores and primary care providers.
City of Lakeland Commission
Strongly Encourages the Wearing of Masks/Face Coverings to Mitigate COVID-19

On Tuesday, January 19th the Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously on a resolution that adopted COVID-19 safety measures. The resolution went into effect immediately upon passing and it is set to expire on April 19, 2021.

Within the resolution language, the City Commission recommends and urges in the strongest possible terms that all citizens, businesses and organizations within the City of Lakeland observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community:

  • Practice Social Distancing by maintaining at least six feet from others not living within the same home. This includes avoiding large gatherings and using virtual meeting technology whenever possible for business and community meetings.
  • Wear a face-covering per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines in all public indoor locations where social distancing is not possible and consider wearing a face-covering when attending large outdoor gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Recognize that COVID-19 transmission is taking place in non-public settings as well and take necessary precautions to avoid infecting and becoming infected by others.
  • Businesses are strongly encouraged to require face coverings following CDC guidelines for all employees coming into physical contact with the public and by all customers entering a business. This is subject to exceptions for employees and customers unable to wear face coverings for health reasons, when safety, security or other business purposes preclude the wearing of a face covering.
In February 2021, adult spaces within the library will be closed to construct the new Lakeland History & Culture Center and to update the HVAC system.

AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN LIBRARY DURING PHASE 1:
Access to all youth collections 
Self-serve holds pickup
A small bestseller collection
Fax and copy services
Library card registration
Help with library accounts
Book drop and meeting room open for returns 
Black & Brew remains open

NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN LIBRARY DURING PHASE 1:
Adult public access computers and printing
Assistance with technology questions
General seating for adults
Lakeland History Room access
Friends of the Library book sale area
Proctoring of tests

NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED DURING THIS TIME
A special municipal election will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to fill the southeast district Lakeland City Commission seat.

Are you interested in
becoming a candidate?

Candidate Packets are now available and must be completed and submitted by noon on 2/19/21.

We strongly suggest that you turn in your packet as soon as possible.

To schedule your appointment or if you have any questions, please contact:

Kelly Koos, MMC
City Clerk, City of Lakeland
228 S. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland 33801
863.834.6210
WE VALUE YOUR OPINION – HELP SHAPE THE LAKELAND OF TOMORROW
 
The City of Lakeland will be conducting its annual survey designed for Citizens to share their views on quality of life issues and services. The online survey can be accessed by visiting LKLDview.com. Take the survey now through January 31, 2021.

The user-friendly survey asks respondents to share valuable feedback and rate Lakeland as a place to live, work, and play.  Citizens are invited to let their voices be heard and help plan for the Lakeland of tomorrow.
 
Please take time to participate in the LKLDVIEW on-line survey. It’s quick, it’s easy, and your feedback is valuable to our City planning.
 
Call 863.834.SWAN for more information and take the survey before January 31 by visiting LKLDview.com.