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COVID-19 claims two Marion County residents as state approaches 90,000 cases

Two Marion County residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida nears 90,000 cases of the virus.

The latest victims were identified as a 39-year-old Ocala man with no recent travel history who tested positive Thursday and a 73-year-old Summerfield County who hadn’t traveled recently and tested positive June 8.

Overall, Marion County has increased by 20 cases to 365 among 159 men, 199 women, five non-residents and two patients listed as unknown. There have been 10 deaths and 46 people have been hospitalized.

The latest Marion County cases include two 19-year-old men (Ocala); a 20-year-old man (Ocala); a 21-year-old man (Ocala); a 22-year-old man (Belleview); a 23-year-old man (Ocala); a 23-year-old woman (Ocala); a 24-year-old woman (Ocala); two 25-year-old women (Ocala and Belleview); a 29-year-old woman (Ocala); a 29-year-old man (Belleview); a 31-year-old woman (Ocala); a 32-year-old woman (Ocala); a 35-year-old man (Ocala); a 39-year-old man (Ocala); a 55-year-old woman (Summerfield); and a 90-year-old woman (Ocala).

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 244 – have been reported in Ocala. Others have been identified Summerfield (39), Belleview (21), Dunnellon (15), Citra (11), Ocklawaha (7), Silver Springs (5), Anthony (3), Reddick (2), The Villages (2), Weirsdale (1) and Fort McCoy (1).

Lake County continues to pace the tri-county area with 646 cases – an increase of 63 since Thursday. Those are comprised of 359 men, 271 women, 15 non-residents and one patient listed as unknown. There have been 19 deaths and 89 people have been hospitalized.

The majority of Lake County cases – 151 – have been reported in Clermont. Others have been identified in Leesburg (79), Lady Lake (22) and Fruitland Park (7). Others cases have been reported in Tavares (139, at least 100 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Eustis (77), Mount Dora (37), Groveland (26), Sorrento (17), Mascotte (14), Umatilla (13), Minneola (12), The Villages (10), Fruitland Park (7), Montverde (5), Howey-in-the-Hills (3), Altoona (2), Grand Island (2), Okahumpka (1), Astatula (1), Astor (1), Paisley (1) and Yalaha (1).

Sumter County is reporting 277 cases, an increase of seven in 24 hours. They are divided among 194 men, 81 women and two non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 45 people have required some form of hospital care.

As of Friday, 76 cases had been reported in The Villages where retirees among the most vulnerable age group reside. Other patients have been identified in Bushnell (122, of which 119 are at the Sumter Correctional Institution), Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (20), Wildwood (10), Webster (9), Lady Lake portion of the county (6), Sumterville (5), Coleman (4) and Center Hill (1). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified four cases among three staff members and one inmate.

All told, Florida is reporting 89,748 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,822 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 87,643 are residents. There have been 3,104 deaths and 12,744 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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