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Marion County nears 1,000 COVID-19 cases as virus continues to slam tri-county area

Marion County is continuing to see a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, with 986 being reported Monday. That marks an increase of 59 patients in a 24-hour period.

The total cases in Marion County are comprised of 470 men, 510 women, five non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 12 deaths and 93 people have required some form of hospital care.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 676 – have been reported in Ocala. Others have been identified in Summerfield (75), Belleview (51), Dunnellon (48), Citra (21), Ocklawaha (16), Silver Springs (11), Reddick (10), Weirsdale (9), Anthony (8), Candler (3), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

“COVID-19 is present in our community and remains a concern,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “Our daily positive test rate remains high; it is vital that you embrace the mitigation practices and precautions that help prevent the spread of the virus.”

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 3,312 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 120 from Sunday to Monday – among 1,676 men, 1,591 women, 28 non-residents and 17 people who are listed as unknown. There have been 52 deaths and 293 people have been hospitalized.

Sumter County saw an increase of 16 cases over a 24-hour period for a total of 436. Those are divided among 269 men, 160 women, four non-residents and three people listed as unknown. There have been 17 deaths and 62 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Bushnell continues to lead the way with 148 cases – 121 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 18 staff members. Other cases have been reported in The Villages (133), Oxford (27), Wildwood (34), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Webster (21), Center Hill (14), Coleman (11), Lady Lake portion of the county (7) and Sumterville (7). Coleman federal prison is reporting 78 cases among 66 inmates and 12 staff members.

Lake County continues to lead the tri-county area with 1,890 cases – an increase of 45 – among 937 men, 921 women, 19 non-residents and 13 people listed as unknown. There have been 23 deaths and 138 people have been hospitalized.

Clermont continues to pace Lake County with 521 cases. Tavares is reporting 303 cases, with 167 of those at the Lake County Jail among 137 inmates and 30 staff members. Other cases have been reported in Leesburg (243), Eustis (181), Mount Dora (116), Groveland (121), Minneola (56), Sorrento (48), Lady Lake (42), Mascotte (48), Montverde (34), Umatilla (27), Fruitland Park (22), Howey-in-the-Hills (17), Grand Island (14), Yalaha (11), The Villages (10), Okahumpka (8), Astatula (6), Altoona (6), Astor (6), Paisley (4) and Mount Plymouth (2).

All told, Florida is reporting 206,447 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 6,336 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 203,376 are residents. There have been 3,880 deaths and 16,045 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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