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65 percent of Marion County’s COVID-19 cases reported in Ocala

Sixty-five percent of the COVID-19 cases in Marion County have been reported in Ocala.

As of Tuesday, the city was reporting 676 cases – an increase of 42 from Monday to Tuesday. Marion County was reporting a total of 1,043 cases – an increase of 57 – among 501 men, 528 women, six non-residents and eight people listed as unknown. There have been 12 deaths and 113 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Summerfield is reporting 78 cases, though it’s unclear if any of those are located in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest and Spruce Creek South. Other cases have been reported in Belleview (54), Dunnellon (48), Citra (21), Ocklawaha (16), Silver Springs (14), Reddick (11), Weirsdale (9), Anthony (8), Candler (3), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 3,519 cases – an increase of 207 from Monday to Tuesday – among 1,790 men, 1,665 women, 30 non-residents and 34 people listed as unknown. There have been 54 deaths and 323 people have been hospitalized.

The Villages is pacing Sumter County with 157 cases. Others have been reported in Bushnell (148, 121 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 18 staff members), Wildwood (40), Oxford (29), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Webster (22), Center Hill (16), Coleman (14), Lady Lake portion of the county (8) and Sumterville (7). Coleman federal prison is reporting 78 cases among 66 inmates and 12 staff members.

Lake County continues to pace the local area with 1,998 cases – an increase of 108 over 24 hours. Those are divided among 996 men, 966 women, 19 non-residents and 17 people listed as unknown. There have been 25 deaths and 142 people have been hospitalized.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County with 544 cases – an increase of 23 in 24 hours. Others have been reported in Tavares (325, 178 of which are at the Lake County Jail among 145 inmates, 31 staff members and two contracted nurses), Eustis (187), Mount Dora (118), Groveland (127), Minneola (61), Mascotte (53), Sorrento (50), Lady Lake (45), Montverde (34), Umatilla (30), Fruitland Park (29), Howey-in-the-Hills (17), Grand Island (15), Yalaha (11), The Villages (11), Okahumpka (8), Astatula (8), Astor (7), Altoona (6), Paisley (5) and Mount Plymouth (2).

All told, Florida is reporting 213,794 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 7,347 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 210,594 are residents. There have been 3,943 deaths and 16,425 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order extending the state of emergency connected to COVID-19 for 60 days. The state of emergency was first issued March 9 and extended for 60 days in May. The order provides the state additional funds needed to battle the virus as it continues to sweep through communities across the state.

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