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Third Marion County resident tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Marion County now has its third case of the COVID-19 virus.

The patient is a 48-year-old woman with a travel history. She joins a 68-year-old man with a travel history and a 59-year-old woman who isn’t believed to have traveled recently as the three residents who have tested positive over the past few days.

In the remaining portion of the tri-county area, six Lake County residents have tested positive. All are Florida residents – five men and one woman who lives in the Lady Lake Mobile Home Park – and are between the ages of 26-80. Three are travel-related and three are not.

Four Sumter County residents also have tested positive for the virus. The three men and one woman are between the ages of 66 and 71 and three of the cases have been deemed as travel related.

There currently are 830 cases of the Coronavirus in Florida. Thirteen people have died from the virus and 1,099 are being monitored.

Area residents are being reminded that the symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with the virus typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough and/or shortness of breath within two to 14 days of exposure.

About 80 percent of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over the age 65 and those with underlying health conditions.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, those who develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain or inability to drink fluids, should call 911 immediately and advise them of the symptoms, as they may need treatment at a hospital.

Residents can call the Marion County Department of Health call center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (352) 644-2590 for general questions about the virus. They also can continue to contact the statewide COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121 or

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