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Three more Marion County residents test positive for Coronavirus

Three more Marion County residents have tested positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the total to eight as of Friday afternoon.

The latest patients, all women, are ages 28, 30 and 49. Two have a known travel history and the other hasn’t been determined.

All told, the Marion County patients – six women and two men – range in age from 28 to 68, with the average age being 53. Five of them live in Ocala and the other three live in Ocklawaha, Belleview and Dunnellon. Six of the patients have traveled recently to multiple destinations, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Wisconsin, Texas, New York and other places in the Sunshine State.

While Marion County has shown an increase in patients since Thursday night, the number of those testing positive remains significantly less than in surrounding counties such as Alachua (54), Citrus (11), Sumter (29), Lake (24) and Volusia (38).

So far, 2,765 Florida residents have tested positive for the virus. Thirty-four have died, 456 are hospitalized, 407 have traveled and 482 have had contact with a confirmed case.

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Crime

Belleview man nabbed after nasty tiff with gal pal over self-quarantining mom

A Belleview man was jailed Thursday after he became angry the day before and claimed his lady friend was ignoring his mother as she self-quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

UDEST agents prevent felonies and seize drugs during highway enforcement operation

Agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team conducted more than 25 traffic stops during a recent two-day highway enforcement operation.

Silver Springs man arrested after nasty domestic spat

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Ocala man jailed after 15-year-old girl says she was sexually assaulted

An Ocala man was jailed Thursday after being accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Business

New Ramen House opens doors at State Road 200 location

The new Ramen House has opened its doors at its new location along State Road 200.

Downtown Ocala businesses reopen, many with refurbished digs

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Headlines

Belleview man nabbed after nasty tiff with gal pal over self-quarantining mom

A Belleview man was jailed Thursday after he became angry the day before and claimed his lady friend was ignoring his mother as she self-quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

UDEST agents prevent felonies and seize drugs during highway enforcement operation

Agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team conducted more than 25 traffic stops during a recent two-day highway enforcement operation.

96-year-old Ocala woman becomes eighth Marion County resident to die of COVID-19

A 96-year-old Ocala woman has been identified as the latest person to succumb to the Coronavirus in Marion County.

New Ramen House opens doors at State Road 200 location

The new Ramen House has opened its doors at its new location along State Road 200.

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