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COVID-19 outbreak continues at prison in Bushnell as state tallies 38,828 cases

The Sumter Correctional Institution continues to battle an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Bushnell facility, where 112 cases of the potentially deadly virus have been identified.

Of those, 99 are inmates and 13 are staff members. Two test results are pending, 913 inmates are in medical quarantine and another two are in medical isolation. The only other state prison facilities with higher COVID-19 numbers are the Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach (148 cases among 129 inmates and 19 staff members, 1,162 inmates in medical quarantine, one in medical isolation and another one in security quarantine) and the Liberty Correctional Institution in Bristol (174 cases among 167 inmates and seven staff members, 343 inmates in medical quarantine, seven in medical isolation and one in security quarantine).

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the tri-county area increased by 11 from Wednesday to Thursday to 677. The number of deaths was holding steady at 33, as was the number of people who have required hospital care at 133.

Marion County increased by six cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 202. Of those, 45 percent are men, 55 percent are women and they range in age from 1-96. The vast majority of those – 143 – are in Ocala, with others in Summerfield (24), Belleview (6) and The Villages (1).

Sumter County is now reporting 238 cases, which includes the outbreak at the Bushnell prison facility, 70 in The Villages, nine in Wildwood, seven in the Lady Lake portion of the county and two in Oxford. Of those total cases, 73 percent are men, 27 percent are women and they range in age from 17-97. There have been 14 deaths and 41 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County now has 237 cases, an increase of just one in a 24-hour period. Of those, 49 percent are men, 51 percent are women and they range in age from 1-86. The majority of the cases – 81 – are in Clermont, with some of the others being in Leesburg (37), Lady Lake (10) and The Villages (7). There have been 14 deaths and 63 people have required some form of hospital care.

All told, Florida is reporting 38,828 COVID-19 cases, with 37,813 of those being residents. There have been 1,600 deaths and 6,765 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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