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COVID-19 claims two more tri-county residents as Marion reports 55 cases

Two more tri-county residents have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus as Marion County reported 55 cases on Monday.

The latest victims are both Sumter County residents. Their deaths were announced late Monday afternoon and they were identified as an 85-year-old man who tested positive on March 25 and an 83-year-old man who tested positive on March 30.

The two new deaths in Sumter County bring the total in tri-county area to nine. One has been identified as 84-year-old Villages resident Carol Lynch, who died Thursday night at UF Health The Villages Hospital. The others include:

  • An 88-year-old Marion County man who tested positive March 27 and had recently traveled to Germany;
  • A 58-year-old Marion County man who tested positive April 1 and hadn’t traveled recently.
  • A 68-year-old Sumter County man who tested positive March 23 and hadn’t traveled recently;
  • An 83-year-old Sumter County woman who tested positive March 28 and hadn’t traveled recently;
  • A 74-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive March 25 and had recently traveled to Europe; and
  • An 86-year-old Lake County man who tested positive April 1 and has an unknown travel history.

Lynch also hadn’t traveled recently. Her daughter, Shannon Lynch, of Cohassett, Mass., believes her mother contracted the virus in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

“She did everything in The Villages,” she said.

As of Monday night, the Marion County patients were listed as 22 men and 33 women. They range in age from 19 to 88 and six remain hospitalized.

The most recent patients confirmed to have the virus are a 26-year-old woman, two 29-year-old women, a 42-year-old woman and a 44-year-old woman. Two are from Summerfield with one each from Belleview, Silver Springs and Ocala.

Besides the 34 patients who live in Ocala, those testing positive in Marion County reside in Summerfield (1), Belleview (3), Dunnellon (2), Ocklawaha (1), Silver Springs (1) and Anthony (1).

Sumter County is reporting 81 residents suffering from the Coronavirus. The patients – 45 men, 35 women and one listed as unknown – range in age from 18 to 92 and 26 remain hospitalized.

Besides 43 who live in The Villages, those who tested positive in Sumter County reside in Lake Panasoffkee (16), Bushnell (7), Webster (6), Wildwood (5), Coleman (1) and Sumterville (1). Two patients also live in the Lady Lake portion of the county.

Lake County leads the way in the tri-county area with the most COVID-19 patients at 107. Forty-eight are men, 59 are women and they range in age from 17 to 86. Twenty-six remain hospitalized.

Besides the six patients who live in The Villages portion of Lake County and the five who call Lady Lake home, some of the others testing positive reside in Clermont (33), Leesburg (15), Tavares (10), Groveland (6), Eustis (6), Mount Dora (6), Mascotte (5), Minneola (4), Sorrento (2) and Okahumpka (1).

All told, 13,629 people have tested positive for the virus in Florida, with 13,214 of them being residents of the Sunshine State. There have been 254 deaths and 1,719 remain hospitalized.

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