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Sumter County man dies of COVID-19 as virus slams tri-county area

Another Sumter County resident has succumbed to COVID-19 as the virus continues to sweep across the tri-county area.

The Sumter County fatality was identified as a 52-year-old man who hadn’t traveled recently. No specific information about where he lived in Sumter County was released by the Florida Department of Health.

Marion County increased by 68 cases for a total of 1,111. Those are divided among 533 men, 567 women, six non-residents and five people listed as unknown. There have been 12 deaths and 118 people have been seen in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to lead the way in Marion County with 762 cases – an increase of 86 in 24 hours. Others have been reported in Summerfield (80), Belleview (59), Dunnellon (58), Citra (21), Ocklawaha (17), Silver Springs (15), Reddick (11), Weirsdale (11), Anthony (8), Candler (3), Fort McCoy (2) and The Villages (2).

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 3,714 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 195 – among 1,874 men, 1774 women, 31 non-residents and 34 people listed as unknown. There have been 55 deaths and 335 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County is now reporting 2,087 cases – an increase of 89 – among 1,032 men, 1,016 women, 20 non-residents and 19 people listed as unknown. There have been 25 deaths and 146 people have been hospitalized.

Clermont leads Lake County with 567 cases – an increase of 23 in 24 hours. Other cases have been reported in Tavares (327, 172 of which are at the Lake County Jail among 139 inmates, 31 staff members and two contracted nurses), Leesburg (272), Eustis (194), Mount Dora (128), Groveland (138), Minneola (63), Mascotte (58), Sorrento (52), Lady Lake (46), Montverde (36), Umatilla (32), Fruitland Park (29), Howey-in-the-Hills (18), Grand Island (17), The Villages (12), Yalaha (11), Astatula (9), Okahumpka (8), Astor (8), Altoona (6), Paisley (6) and Mount Plymouth (2).

Sumter County is reporting 516 cases – an increase of 38 in a 24-hour period – among 309 men, 192 women, five non-residents and 10 people listed as unknown. There have been 18 deaths and 71 people have required some form of hospital care.

The Villages is now leading Sumter County with 180 cases, followed by Bushnell with 151. Of those, 121 of are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 18 staff members. Other cases have been identified in Wildwood (46), Oxford (31), Lake Panasoffkee (25), Webster (22), Center Hill (17), Coleman (14), Lady Lake portion of the county (9) and Sumterville (7). The federal prison in Coleman is reporting 101 cases among 85 inmates and 16 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 223,783 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 9,989 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 220,492 are residents. There have been 3,991 deaths and 16,758 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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