Lincolnshire has seen its highest daily confirmed cases of coronavirus as a further 76 have been tested positive in the county.
A total fo 669 people have now been tested positive in the county, while 85 have died.
Andrew Morgan, chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said hospitals are prepared for a surge in cases in May.
It comes as the county’s previous highest day was April 13 when 51 cases were confirmed.
Public health bosses said they expected to see more cases tested positive as key worker testing was ramped up.
The county has three sites where frontline staff are tested for COVID-19 in Lincoln, Boston and near to NHS offices in Bracebridge Heath.
Officials recently set a target for 1,000 tests per day as the sites increased testing capacity.
It comes as health bosses have anticipated a surge in COVID-19 cases next month.
Mr Morgan said the local hospitals trust was prepared for any increase in admissions.
“We do have a lot of capacity available within the hospital,” he said.
“Our modelling work would suggest that if there is going to be a surge, it could be in the first week or so of May and our plans are set up to cope with that.”
Meanwhile, northern Lincolnshire also saw a spike in daily coronavirus cases.
A further 47 were tested positive in North Lincolnshire as the total reached 218.
Case numbers also increased in North East Lincolnshire by 11, meaning the total number has risen to 104.