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Monday, July 26, 2021

Another inmate at Bushnell prison tests positive for COVID-19 as Ocala hits 167 cases

COVID-19 continues to be an issue for the state prison in Bushnell, where another inmate has tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

The Sumter Correctional Institution, located at 9544 County Road 476B, is now reporting 120 cases of the Coronavirus divided among 104 prisoners and 16 staff members. The facility also is reporting 57 negative tests and 881 inmates are being kept in medical quarantine.

The tri-county area – Marion, Lake and Sumter counties – reported 763 COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Those were comprised of 410 men, 334 women and 19 non-residents. There have been 37 deaths and 149 people have been hospitalized.

Marion County is reporting 237 cases. Those are divided among 102 men, 130 women and five non-residents. There have been five deaths and 31 people have required hospitalization.

The latest COVID-19 patients in Marion County have been identified as:

  • A 43-year-old woman from Ocala;
  • A 36-year-old man from Ocala;
  • A 46-year-old woman from Ocala; and
  • A 63-year-old man who is a resident of Putnam County.

As of Saturday, 10,097 COVID-19 tests had been given in Marion County. Of those, 9,856 were negative. Those who tested positive for the virus range in age from 6 months to 97. Marion’s positive test rate is 2.3 percent, while Florida’s rate is 5.8 percent.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 167 – have been reported in Ocala, with another 26 in Summerfield. Others have been identified in Dunnellon (11), Belleview (8), Citra (8), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2), Silver Springs (1), Fort McCoy (1) and The Villages (1).

It’s unclear if any of the Summerfield cases are in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South, as the Florida Department of Health doesn’t release that specific information.

Sumter County is reporting 253 cases divided among 180 men, 72 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 44 people have been hospitalized.
Lake County is now reporting 273 cases among 128 men, 132 women and 13 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 74 people have received care in area hospitals.

All told, Florida is reporting 50,867 cases – an increase of 740 from Friday to Saturday. Of those, 49,547 are residents. There have been 2,237 deaths and 9,381 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.