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47 test positive for COVID-19 in Marion County as state soars past 12,000 cases

Marion County now has 47 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

The patients – 26 women and 21 men – range in age from 19 to 88. Three are non-residents and six people remain hospitalized.

Thirty-two of the patients live in Ocala, with others living in Summerfield (6), Dunnellon (2), Ocklawaha (1) and Anthony (1).

So far, 996 people have been tested in Marion County, with 949 negative results. Another 155 are awaiting testing.

Twenty-four of those who tested positive reported traveling abroad and domestically recently to Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Mexico, Wisconsin, Texas, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, New Hampshire and other destinations in Florida. It’s still unknown if four other patients have a recent travel history.

All told, Florida is reporting 12,151 cases of COVID-19, with 11,764 of those people being residents of the Sunshine State. There have been 281 deaths and 1,490 patients are being treated in hospitals across the state.

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Crime

70-year-old Ocala man accused of choking woman

A 70-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly took a woman’s phone away to keep her from calling 911 during an argument that was turning violent and then choked and threatened to kill her.

57-year-old Ocala man jailed on DUI and drug charges after traffic stop

An Ocala man is behind bars in the Marion County Jail after being stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for a faulty equipment violation.

Swerving Ocklawaha woman popped for DUI

An Ocklawaha woman was charged with DUI on Tuesday after she was spotted swerving off the road into the grass multiple times and then into oncoming traffic on County Road 25.

Ocala Police seeking public’s help in nabbing bandits who targeted coin machines

Ocala Police officers are searching for thieves who recently targeted coin machines at a local laundry.

Business

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion offering live workshops via Zoom platform

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will resume live employability workshops beginning Monday, Jan. 11 with Job Specific Resume Development.

World Equestrian Center coined ‘Disney World of Horse Industry’ by Marion County Chairman

The Marion County Commission Chairman coined the new World Equestrian Center as the "Disney World of the horse industry" recently.

Plenty of positives despite November’s mixed bag of employment news

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.2 percent in November – up 0.6 percentage point over the month and 2.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

Health inspector shuts down Ocala eatery after finding more than 68 rodent droppings

A health inspector ordered an Ocala restaurant to close its doors recently after finding a large quantity of rodent droppings at the eatery.

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70-year-old Ocala man accused of choking woman

A 70-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly took a woman’s phone away to keep her from calling 911 during an argument that was turning violent and then choked and threatened to kill her.

57-year-old Ocala man jailed on DUI and drug charges after traffic stop

An Ocala man is behind bars in the Marion County Jail after being stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for a faulty equipment violation.

Swerving Ocklawaha woman popped for DUI

An Ocklawaha woman was charged with DUI on Tuesday after she was spotted swerving off the road into the grass multiple times and then into oncoming traffic on County Road 25.

Ocala Police seeking public’s help in nabbing bandits who targeted coin machines

Ocala Police officers are searching for thieves who recently targeted coin machines at a local laundry.

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