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15 new COVID-19 patients reported in Ocala as Florida tops 146,000 cases

Fifteen new COVID-19 patients have been identified in Ocala, where 67 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported.

Overall, Ocala has identified 437 Coronavirus cases. Marion County is reporting 655 cases – an increase of 24 from Sunday to Monday – among 293 men, 355 women, six non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 10 deaths and 66 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Besides the cases in Ocala, others have been identified in Summerfield (58), Belleview (38), Dunnellon (27), Citra (16), Ocklawaha (12), Silver Springs (7), Reddick (6), Weirsdale (6), Anthony (5), Fort McCoy (2), The Villages (2) and Lowell (1).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 2,241 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 91 from Sunday to Monday – among 1,141 men, 1,067 women, 26 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. There have been 49 deaths and 225 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County is continuing to lead the way in the tri-county area with 1,252 cases – an increase of 60 in a 24-hour period – among 624 men, 605 women, 17 non-residents and six people listed as unknown. There have been 22 deaths and 111 people have required some form of hospital care.

Clermont continues to pace Lake County with 332 cases – an increase of 37 in 24 hours. Other cases also have been reported in Tavares (227, 148 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Leesburg (165), Eustis (133), Mount Dora (73), Groveland (66), Lady Lake (33), Sorrento (31), Minneola (31), Mascotte (21), Umatilla (19), Fruitland Park (16), Montverde (12), Howey-in-the-Hills (11), The Villages (10), Grand Island (8), Okahumpka (7), Yalaha (6), Altoona (5), Astor (5), Paisley (3) and Astatula (3).

Sumter County is now reporting 334 cases – an increase of seven in 24 hours. Those are divided among 224 men, 107 women and three non-residents. There have been 17 deaths and 48 people have been hospitalized.

Bushnell continues to have the most cases in Sumter County – 127 – with 120 of those being at the Sumter Correctional Institution. Others have been identified in The Villages (103), Lake Panasoffkee (23), Oxford (23), Wildwood (16), Webster (12), Lady Lake portion of the county (7), Coleman (7), Center Hill (6) and Sumterville (5). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified eight cases among seven staff members and one inmate.

All told, Florida is reporting 146,341 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,266 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 143,805 are residents. There have been 3,447 deaths and 14,354 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 28 more deaths since Wednesday and an additional 110 people being treated in hospitals.

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