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Lake County man dies of COVID-19 as virus continues to sweep through Ocala

A Lake County man has succumbed to COVID-19 as the virus continues to sweep through Ocala and Summerfield.

The latest victim was identified as a 67-year-old man who hadn’t traveled recently and tested positive on April 3. He became the 21st COVID-19-related fatality in Lake County and the 48th in the tri-county area.

Marion County is now reporting 424 cases – an increase of 12 in a 24-hour period. Those are comprised of 186 men, 233 women and five non-residents. There have been 10 deaths and 55 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Of those cases, 273 have been identified in Ocala and another 48 are in Summerfield. The newest patients in those two communities and one from Belleview were identified Tuesday as:

  • 21-year-old female from Belleview with no recent travel history who had been in contact with another patient;
  • 24-year-old male from Ocala;
  • 27-year-old male from Ocala with no travel history who had been in contact with another patient;
  • 36-year-old male from Ocala with no recent travel history who had been in contact with another patient;
  • 39-year-old female from Ocala;
  • 44-year-old male from Ocala with no travel history who had been in contact with another patient;
  • 59-year-old female from Ocala who had been in contact with another patient;
  • 64-year-old male from Summerfield who had traveled to Mexico recently;
  • 66-year-old male from Summerfield with no recent travel history;
  • 70-year-old female from Summerfield with no recent travel history; and
  • 74-year-old female from Summerfield with no recent travel history.

Other cases in Marion County have been identified in Belleview (25), Dunnellon (20), Citra (12), Ocklawaha (7), Silver Springs (7), Anthony (4), Reddick (3), The Villages (2), Weirsdale (2) and Fort McCoy (1).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 1,509 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 48 from Monday to Tuesday. They are comprised of 807 men, 679 women and 23 non-residents. A total of 203 people also have been hospitalized with the illness.

Lake County continues to pace the tri-county area with 795 cases – an increase of 32 – among 420 men, 359 women and 16 non-residents. A total of 102 people also have required some form of hospital care.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County with 162 cases – an increase of 41 in 24 hours. Others have been identified in Tavares (162, 119 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Leesburg (102), Eustis (85), Mount Dora (46), Groveland (32), Lady Lake (24), Sorrento (19), Minneola (16), Umatilla (15), Mascotte (15), The Villages (10), Montverde (9), Fruitland Park (8), Howey-in-the-Hills (5), Altoona (3), Okahumpka (3), Astor (3), Yalaha (2), Paisley (2), Grand Island (2) and Astatula (2).

Sumter County added four new cases for a total of 290 among 201 men, 87 women and two non-residents. There have been 17 deaths and 46 people have been hospitalized.

The majority of Sumter County cases – 123 – have been reported in Bushnell. Of those 120 have been identified at the Sumter Correctional Institution. Other cases have been reported in The Villages (80), Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (20), Webster (12), Wildwood (11), Lady Lake portion of the county (7), Coleman (6), Sumterville (5) and Center Hill (2).

All told, Florida is reporting 103,503 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,286 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 101,303 are residents. There have been 3,238 deaths and 13,325 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 65 more deaths since Monday and an additional 206 people being treated in hospitals.

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