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COVID-19 continues to slow in tri-county area as state hits 36,897 cases

Eight new cases of the Coronavirus were reported in the tri-county area on Monday, bringing the total to 652.

Marion County is holding steady at 184 cases divided among 80 men, 101 women and three non-residents. There have been five deaths and 28 people treated at area hospitals.

Of the Marion County cases, the majority, 130, have been reported in Ocala, with other positive results in Summerfield (23), Citra (7), Dunnellon (7), Belleview (5), Anthony (3), Ocklawaha (4), Umatilla (1), Silver Springs (1), Reddick (1) and The Villages (1).

Sumter County is reporting 233 cases among 171 men, 61 women and one non-resident. Of those, 70 were reported in The Villages and 104 of the 112 cases in Bushnell were identified at the Sumter Correctional Institution. There have been 14 deaths and 41 people have been hospitalized in the county.

The other Sumter County cases were identified in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Wildwood (8), Webster (7), Coleman (4) and Sumterville (1). Three of the cases in Coleman were at the federal prison – one inmate and two staff members. Six cases also were identified in the Lady Lake portion of Sumter County.

Lake County is reporting 235 cases among 111 men, 112 women and 12 non-residents. There have been 13 deaths and 62 people have required hospital care.

Of those Lake County cases, seven are in The Villages, 10 are in Lady Lake and 37 are in Leesburg. The majority – 82 – have been reported in Clermont, with other cases also being identified in Tavares (17), Eustis (16), Mount Dora (14), Groveland (14), Mascotte (12), Minneola (6), Sorrento (2), Okahumpka (1), Montverde (1), Umatilla (1), Howey-in-the-Hills (1), Grand Island (1) and Yalaha (1).

All told, Florida is reporting 36,897 COVID-19 cases, with 35,969 being residents. There have been 1,399 deaths and 6,119 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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