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69.2 percent of COVID-19 cases in Marion County reported in Ocala

COVID-19 continues to run rampant through Ocala, with 69.2 percent of the cases in Marion County being reported in the city that bills itself as the Horse Capital of the World.

Overall, Marion County is reporting 868 cases of the Coronavirus among 411 men, 452 women and five non-residents. There have been 12 deaths and 85 people have been seen in area hospitals.

As of Saturday, Ocala was reporting a total of 601 cases. Others have been identified in Summerfield (73), Belleview (42), Dunnellon (32), Citra (18), Ocklawaha (15), Reddick (9), Weirsdale (8), Silver Springs (8), Anthony (7), Candler (3), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

Lake County continues to lead the local area with 1,694 cases. Those are divided among 834 men, 834 women, 19 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. There have been 23 deaths and 137 people have required some form of hospital care.

Clermont increased by 25 cases to lead Lake County with 457. Others have been reported in Tavares (261, 150 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Leesburg (227), Eustis (171), Mount Dora (108), Groveland (106), Minneola (50), Sorrento (44), Lady Lake (38), Mascotte (42), Montverde (25), Umatilla (23), Fruitland Park (22), Howey-in-the-Hills (14), Grand Island (12), The Villages (10), Yalaha (10), Okahumpka (8), Altoona (6), Astor (5), Astatula (5), Paisley (5) and Mount Plymouth (2).

Sumter County is reporting 408 cases among 255 men, 148 women, three non-residents and two people listed as unknown. There have been 17 deaths and 57 people have been hospitalized.

Bushnell continues to pace Sumter County with 148 cases – 121 of which have been identified at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 18 staff members). Other communities reporting cases include The Villages (125), Oxford (26), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Wildwood (21), Webster (19), Center Hill (13), Coleman (9), Lady Lake portion of the county (7) and Sumterville (7). Coleman federal prison is reporting 60 cases among 48 inmates and 12 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 190,052 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 11,458 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 187,090 are residents. There have been 3,803 deaths and 15,735 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 18 more deaths since Friday and an additional 244 people requiring hospital care.

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