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Only five of 45 tri-county Coronavirus patients live in Marion County

Forty-five people in the tri-county area have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus – with only five of them residing in Marion County.

Eighteen of the patients – 11 are men and seven are women – reside in Sumter County. They range in age from 49 to 79, with an average age of 66. Eleven have been deemed travel-related cases, while four are not and three remain unknown. Seven of the Sumter County patients – including 67-year-old Village of Monarch Grove resident Tony Perry – remain hospitalized.

Twenty-two people in Lake County, including one non-resident, have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Ten are men, 12 are women – including a woman in her 60s who lives in the Lady Lake Mobile Home Park – and six remain hospitalized. Their ages range from 18 to 84, with an average age of 55. Eight cases are travel related, six are not and eight remain unknown.

Of the five Marion County patients, three are women and two are men. They range in age from 40 to 68, with an average age of 55. Three of the cases are travel related, two are not and none of the patients currently are hospitalized.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,977 positive results – 1,867 Sunshine State residents and 110 non-residents. There have been 23 deaths and 1,665 people currently are being monitored for the potentially deadly virus.

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Crime

Ocala man charged with trying to run down man in Cadillac

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Headlines

Ocala man charged with trying to run down man in Cadillac

An Ocala man remains in the Marion County Jail nearly a week after he allegedly tried to run over a man with his Cadillac and gave a false name to the deputy who arrested him.

Scooter-driving Ocala man popped for DUI while fleeing scene of battery

An Ocala man was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after being pulled over on a motorized scooter while fleeing the scene of an alleged domestic battery.

Pennsylvania man nabbed in Belleview for vehicle theft

A Pennsylvania man caught driving a stolen minivan in Belleview on Wednesday afternoon said his former girlfriend told him to pick up the vehicle and that he could use it.

Two more local residents die of COVID-19 as state tops 1.2 million cases of virus

Two more tri-county residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida topped 1.2 million cumulative cases of the potentially deadly virus.

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