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Tri-county area reports just six new COVID-19 cases as state tops 62,000

The tri-county area reported just six new Coronavirus patients on Saturday as Florida surpassed 62,000 cases of the potentially deadly illness.

The number of cases in Marion, Lake and Sumter counties stood at 856 on Saturday morning. Those were divided among 446 men, 389 women and 21 non-residents. There have been 40 deaths and 163 people have been hospitalized.

Marion County now has 274 Coronavirus cases – an increase of two in a 24-hour period. Those are comprised of 117 men, 152 women and five non-residents. There have been eight deaths and 38 people have been seen in area hospitals.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 197 – have been identified in Ocala. Other cities and areas reporting cases include Summerfield (29), Dunnellon (11), Citra (10), Belleview (9), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2), Silver Springs (2), Fort McCoy (1) and The Villages (1).

Lake County is reporting 321 cases – an increase of four from Friday to Saturday – among 145 men, 161 women and 15 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 80 people hospitalized.

Clermont leads the way among Lake County cases with 100. Others have been reported in Leesburg (47), Eustis (32), Tavares (20), Mount Dora (19), Groveland (18), Lady Lake (17), Mascotte (13), Minneola (7), The Villages (9), Fruitland Park (6), Sorrento (4), Montverde (4), Howey-in-the-Hills (3), Altoona (2), Okahumpka (1), Umatilla (1), Grand Island (1), Paisley (1) and Yalaha (1).

Sumter County held steady Saturday at 261 COVID-19 cases, having reported just eight new patients in the past 15 days. Those total cases are divided among 184 men, 76 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 45 people have required some form of hospital care.

Sixty-eight of the Sumter County cases are in The Villages, with another 122 reported in Bushnell – all but one of which has been identified at the Sumter Correctional Institution (105 inmates and 16 staff members). Other cases have been reported in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (17), 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 four staff members and two inmates.

All told, Florida is reporting 62,758 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 1,270 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 61,246 are residents. There have been 2,688 deaths and 10,891 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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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.

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