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COVID-19 continues to run amok in Ocala as Florida nears 159,000 cases

COVID-19 continues to run rampant through Ocala, where 59 new cases have been reported.

As of Wednesday, there were 496 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the city, which represents 68.2 percent of the 727 cases in Marion County. Those total cases are divided among 335 men, 387 women and five non-residents. There have been 10 deaths and 70 people have been hospitalized.

Summerfield is now reporting 60 cases, those it’s unclear how many of those are in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South. Other cases have been identified in Belleview (40), Dunnellon (31), Citra (17), Ocklawaha (12), Weirsdale (8), Silver Springs (7), Reddick (6), Anthony (5), Fort McCoy (2), The Villages (2) and Candler (1).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 2,505 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 186 from Tuesday to Wednesday – among 1,263 men, 1,203 women, 27 non-residents and 12 people listed as listed as unknown. There have been 49 deaths and 235 people have been hospitalized.

Sumter County is now reporting 368 cases – an increase of 23 in a 24-hour period. Those are divided among 232 men, 128 women, three non-residents and five people listed as unknown. There have been 17 deaths and 49 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Bushnell continues to pace Sumter County with 141 COVID-19 cases – 120 of which have been reported at the Sumter Correctional Institution). Other cases have been reported in The Villages (110), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Oxford (23), Wildwood (17), Webster (15), Center Hill (12), Lady Lake portion of the county (7), Coleman (7) and Sumterville (6). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified eight cases among seven staff members and one inmate.

Lake County continues to lead the tri-county area with 1,410 cases – an increase of 108 in 24 hours – among 696 men, 688 women, 19 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. There have been 22 deaths and 116 people have been hospitalized.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County with 387 cases – an increase of 43 in a 24-hour period. Other cases also have been identified in Tavares (231, 144 of which are at the Lake County Jail, divided among 123 inmates and 21 staff members), Leesburg (189), Eustis (147), Mount Dora (83), Groveland (82), Minneola (35), Sorrento (34), Lady Lake (32), Mascotte (27), Umatilla (22), Montverde (20), Fruitland Park (18), Howey-in-the-Hills (13), The Villages (10), Grand Island (8), Okahumpka (7), Yalaha (7), Altoona (6), Astor (5), Paisley (3), Astatula (3) and Mount Plymouth (1).

All told, Florida is reporting 158,997 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 6,563 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 156,288 are residents. There have been 3,650 deaths and 14,825 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 145 more deaths since Tuesday and an additional 245 people being treated in hospitals.

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