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70 percent of Marion County’s 240 COVID-19 cases reported in Ocala

Marion County is now reporting 240 cases of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus, with 70 percent of those being in Ocala.

That number marks an increase of three cases in a 24-hour period. They are divided among 103 men, 132 women and five non-residents. There have been five deaths and 31 people have been treated at area hospitals.

The latest cases have been identified as:

  • A 27-year-old woman from Ocala;
  • A 32-year-old man from Citra;
  • A 36-year-old man from Ocala; and
  • A 38-year-old woman from Ocala.

As of Tuesday, 169 cases had been reported in Ocala. Others in Marion County have been identified in Summerfield (26), Dunnellon (11), Citra (10), Belleview (8), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2), Silver Springs (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 that specific information isn’t provided by the Florida Department of Health.

Lake County increased by two cases Tuesday to 277, divided among 129 men, 134 women and 14 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 74 people have required some form of hospital care.

The majority of the Lake County cases – 89 – are in Clermont. Others have been reported in Leesburg (45), Eustis (23), Tavares (18), Groveland (17), Mount Dora (16), Mascotte (12), Lady Lake (10), The Villages (7), Minneola (6), Fruitland Park (5), Sorrento (3), Howey-in-the-Hills (3), Montverde (2), Altoona (2), Okahumpka (1), Umatilla (1), Grand Island (1), Paisley (1) and Yalaha (1).

Sumter County now has 254 cases, an increase of just one from Monday to Tuesday. Those are comprised of 181 men, 72 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 44 people have been hospitalized.

Of the Sumter County cases, 122 are in Bushnell, with all but two of those apparently being at the Sumter Correctional Institution (104 inmates and 16 staff members). Another 62 are being reported in The Villages, while other cases have been identified in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (16), Wildwood (9), Webster (8), Lady Lake portion of the county (6), Sumterville (5) and Coleman (3). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting six cases among two inmates and four staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 52,255 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 509 in a 24-hour period. There have been 2,259 deaths and 9,482 people have been hospitalized.

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