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Two Summerfield women among latest COVID-19 cases in Marion County

Two more Summerfield residents have tested positive for the potentially deadly Coronavirus.

The newest patients in Summerfield were identified as two women, ages 30 and 76. They are among 29 cases now being reported in the community that sits just outside The Villages. It’s unclear if any of those cases have been identified in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South, as those specific numbers aren’t provided by the Florida Department of Health.

Marion County now has 257 cases divided among 110 men, 141 women and six non-residents. There have been seven deaths and 36 people have required hospitalization.

Of the Marion County cases, the overwhelming majority – 182 – have been reported in Ocala. Others have been identified in Dunnellon (11), Citra (10), Belleview (8), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2), Silver Springs (1) and The Villages (1).

As of Wednesday, the tri-county area was reporting 824 COVID-19 cases, an increase of eight in a 24-hour period. Those are divided among 432 men, 371 women and one 21 non-residents. There have been 39 deaths and 158 people have been hospitalized.

Sumter County reported 258 cases, an increase of the three Villages-related cases in 24-hours. Those are comprised of 183 men, 74 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 44 people have required some form of hospital care.

Of the Sumter County cases, 121 are in Bushnell, with all of those apparently being at the Sumter Correctional Institution (105 inmates and 16 staff members). 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 has identified six cases among two inmates and four staff members.

Lake County is reporting 309 cases – an increase of three from Tuesday to Wednesday – among 139 men, 156 women and 14 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 78 people have been seen at area hospitals.

The largest concentration of Lake County cases – 98 – have been reported in Clermont. Other Lake County cities and areas reporting positive results include Leesburg (47), Eustis (27), Tavares (20), Lady Lake (17), Groveland (17), Mount Dora (17), Mascotte (13), The Villages (9), Fruitland Park (6), Minneola (6), Sorrento (4), Montverde (4), Howey-in-the-Hills (3), Altoona (2), Okahumpka (1), Umatilla (1), Grand Island (1), Paisley (1) and Yalaha (1).

All told, Florida is reporting 58,764 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 1,317 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 57,293 are residents. There have been 2,566 deaths and 10,525 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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