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COVID-19 still running rampant through Ocala and Marion County

A renewed outbreak of COVID-19 continues to plague Ocala, with 437 cases now being reported in the city. That marks an increase of 12 from Monday to Tuesday.

Marion County is now reporting 672 cases – an increase of 17 – among 299 men, 366 women, six non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 10 deaths and 68 people have been treated in area hospitals.

Randy Ming, a public health preparedness planner for the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, hands a resident a contact card for getting her COVID-19 test results.

Besides the cases in Ocala, others have been identified in Summerfield (59), Belleview (40), Dunnellon (27), Citra (17), Ocklawaha (12), Silver Springs (7), Weirsdale (7), Reddick (6), Anthony (5), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 2,319 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 78 from Monday to Tuesday – among 1,171 men, 1,112 women, 26 non-residents and 10 people listed as unknown. There have been 49 deaths and 229 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County continues to pace the tri-county area with 1,302 cases – an increase of 50 in a 24-hour period. Those are divided among 646 men, 632 women, 17 non-residents and two people listed as unknown. There have been 22 deaths and 113 people have required some form of hospital care.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County with 344 cases – an increase of 12 in a 24-hour period. Other cases have been identified in Tavares (229, 148 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Eustis (141), Mount Dora (75), Groveland (69), Sorrento (33), Minneola (33), Lady Lake (32), Mascotte (22), Umatilla (19), Fruitland Park (17), Montverde (14), Howey-in-the-Hills (12), The Villages (10), Grand Island (8), Okahumpka (7), Yalaha (6), Altoona (5), Astor (5), Paisley (3) and Astatula (3).

Sumter County is now reporting 345 cases – an increase of 11 in 24 hours – among 226 men, 114 women, three non-residents and two people listed as unknown. There have been 22 deaths and 113 people have been hospitalized.

Bushnell continues to pace Sumter County with 134 cases, 120 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution. Others have been identified in The Villages (106), Lake Panasoffkee (23), Oxford (23), Wildwood (16), Webster (13), 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 152,434 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 6,093 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 149,781 are residents. There have been 3,505 deaths and 14,580 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 58 more deaths since Wednesday and an additional 226 people being treated in hospitals.0

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