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42 test positive for COVID-19 in Marion County as state tops 11,500 cases

Forty-two people have now tested positive for the Coronavirus in Marion County.

The latest patients are a 37-year-old man who traveled to Georgia recently and a 49-year-old woman with no travel history. Overall, 23 are women, 19 are men and they range in age from 19 to 88. Three are non-residents and six remain hospitalized.

Twenty-eight of the patients live in Ocala, while the others reside in Summerfield (6), Belleview (2), Ocklawaha (1), Dunnellon (1) and Anthony (1). It’s not clear if the Summerfield patients live in The Villages portion of Marion County or the surrounding retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South.

As of late Saturday, 210 tri-county residents – 105 men, 104 women and one unknown – had tested positive for COVID-19. Forty-nine are hospitalized and five, including 84-year-old Villages resident Carol Lynch, have succumbed to the deadly virus.

Sixty-seven of the tri-county patients reported traveling to a variety of foreign destinations recently, including Africa, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Caribbean, Egypt, Europe, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, St. Lucia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom.

They also reported visiting 18 states and many other destinations in Florida. Those other states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Seventy-three Coronavirus cases have been reported in Sumter County, all among residents. The latest patients are an 81-year-old woman with an unknown travel history and a 52-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman, both of whom haven’t traveled recently.

Forty are men, 32 are women, one is listed as unknown and their ages range from 18 to 92. Twenty-five remain hospitalized and besides Lynch, an 83-year-old woman who tested positive on March 28 and a 68-year-old man who tested positive on March 23 have died as a result of the virus.

Besides the 41 who live in The Villages, some of those who have tested positive in Sumter County reside in Lake Panasoffkee (12), Bushnell (7), Wildwood (5), Webster (4) and the Lady Lake portion of the county (2).

Ninety-five people have tested positive in Lake County, with seven of them being non-residents. The new patients are a 68-year-old man with no recent travel history and five people whose travel history is unknown – a 32-year-old woman, a 73-year-old man, a 61-year-old woman and two 71-year-old men.

The Lake County patients – 46 men and 49 women – range in age from 18 to 86. Two patients, a 74-year-old woman who had traveled to Europe and an 86-year-old man with an unknown travel history, recently succumbed to the virus and 18 others remain hospitalized.

In addition to the six patients who live in The Villages portion of Lake County and the four who call Lady Lake home, some of the others testing positive reside in Clermont (30), Leesburg (13), Tavares (7), Mount Dora (5), Groveland (5), Mascotte (5), Minneola (4), Sorrento (2) and Okahumpka (1).

So far, 941 people have been tested in Marion County, with 899 negative results and 175 waiting to be tested. In Sumter County, 892 people have been tested with 818 negative results, one inconclusive finding and 11 awaiting testing. In Lake County, 1,784 people have been tested, with 1,685 coming back negative, four inconclusive and nine awaiting testing.

All told, Florida is reporting 11,545 cases of COVID-19, with 11,173 of those patients being residents of the Sunshine State. There have been 195 deaths and 1,470 remain hospitalized.

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