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76 percent of Marion County COVID-19 cases in Ocala and Summerfield

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep through tri-county area, 76 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported in Ocala and Summerfield.

As of Sunday, Marion County had identified 927 cases of the potentially deadly virus – an increase of 59 from Saturday to Sunday. Those are divided among 443 men, 478 women, five non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 12 deaths and 88 people have required some form of hospital care.

Ocala is now reporting 634 cases, while Summerfield has recorded 74. It’s unclear if any of the Summerfield patients are in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South, as that specific information wasn’t released by the Florida Department of Health.

Other Marion County cases have been identified in Belleview (47), Dunnellon (44), Citra (20), Ocklawaha (16), Reddick (10), Weirsdale (8), Silver Springs (8), Anthony (8), Candler (3), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

To date, 25,878 COVID-19 tests have been given in Marion County, with those testing positive ranging in age from 3 months to 97 years old. The county’s cumulative positive test rate is 3.6 percent, which is significantly lower than the state’s comparable rate of 9.1 percent.

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 3,192 cases – an increase of 222 in a 24-hour period – among 1,617 men, 1,534 women, 27 non-residents and 14 listed as unknown. There have been 52 deaths and 282 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County continues to pace the local area with 1,845 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 151 in a 24-hour period – among 915 men, 900 women, 19 non-residents and 11 people listed as unknown. There have been 23 deaths and 137 people have been hospitalized.

The Coronavirus continues to run amok in Clermont, where 509 cases have been reported. Others have been identified in Tavares (296, 150 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Eustis (176), Mount Dora (112), Groveland (119), Minneola (53), Sorrento (47), Lady Lake (41), Mascotte (47), Montverde (34), Umatilla (25), Fruitland Park (22), Howey-in-the-Hills (16), Grand Island (14), The Villages (10), Yalaha (10), Okahumpka (8), Astatula (6), Altoona (6), Astor (6), Paisley (5) and Mount Plymouth (2).

Sumter County is now reporting 420 cases – an increase of 12 in 24 hours – among 259 men, 156 women, three non-residents and two people listed as unknown. There have been 17 deaths and 57 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Bushnell is reporting 149 cases, with 121 of those at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 18 staff members. Other cases have been reported in The Villages (127), Oxford (27), Wildwood (26), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Webster (21), Center Hill (14), Coleman (9), Lady Lake portion of the county (7) and Sumterville (7). Coleman federal prison is reporting 78 cases among 66 inmates and 12 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 200,111 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 10,059 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 197,076 are residents. There have been 3,832 deaths and 15,895 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 29 more deaths since Friday and an additional 160 people requiring hospital care.

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