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Another inmate at Bushnell prison tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Another inmate at the state prison in Bushell has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases at the Sumter Correctional Institution to 121 – 105 inmates and 16 staff members. Two inmates are in medical isolation, two are in security quarantine and 41 are in medical quarantine, according to a daily report released by the Florida Department of Corrections.

As of Thursday, the tri-county area was reporting 774 COVID-19 cases, an increase of just two in a 24-hour period. Those are comprised of 414 men, 340 women and 20 non-residents. There have been 37 deaths and 151 people have been hospitalized.

Marion County increased by one case – a 36-year-old man from Ocala – in a 24-hour period to 241. Those are comprised of 104 men, 132 women and five non-residents. There have been five deaths and 32 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Lake County also increased by one case from Wednesday to Thursday to 280 among 130 men, 136 women and 14 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 75 people have been hospitalized.

Sumter County is holding steady at 253 cases among 180 men, 72 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 44 people have required some form of hospital care.

All told, Florida is reporting 53,285 cases – an increase of 651 in 24 hours. Of the total cases, 51,918 are residents. There have been 2,364 deaths and 9,795 people have been treated for the virus in hospitals across the Sunshine State.

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Crime

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

Ocklawaha woman accused of punching man in face during spat

An Ocklawaha woman who told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to just go ahead and arrest her was charged with simple domestic battery after she allegedly punched a man in the face several times.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

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Headlines

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

76 percent of Marion County COVID-19 cases in Ocala and Summerfield

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep through tri-county area, 76 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported in Ocala and Summerfield.

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