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Four Marion County residents among latest local victims of COVID-19 virus

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of five more tri-county residents as the virus continues to sweep across Ocala and other communities in Marion County.

Four of the victims were Marion County residents and the other one lived in Lake County. They were identified Thursday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 88-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive July 31, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 69-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 5, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 69-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 6, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 99-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 11, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient; and
  • 77-year-old Lake County man who tested positive Aug. 11, hadn’t traveled but had been in contact with another COVID-19 patient.

Overall the tri-county area is reporting 13,722 cases – an increase of 250 from Wednesday to Thursday – among 5,937 men, 7,583 women, 55 non-residents and 147 people listed as unknown. There have been 227 deaths and 1,034 people hospitalized.

Marion County added 123 cases overnight for a total of 6,921. Those are divided among 2,710 men, 4,152 women, 14 non-residents and 45 people listed as unknown. There have been 108 deaths and 543 people treated in area hospitals.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 5,502 – have been reported in Ocala, followed by 276 in Summerfield. Others have been identified in Belleview (244), Dunnellon (210), Citra (138), Silver Springs (80), Ocklawaha (70), Reddick (65), Anthony (40), Weirsdale (36), Fort McCoy (19), Flemington (15), Orange Lake (8), Sparr (5), Lowell (4), Candler (3), East Lake (3), The Villages (3), Fairfield (2), McIntosh (2), Morriston (1), Salt Springs (1), Orange Springs (1) and Williston (1). A total of 1,356 cases have been reported among inmates (1,281) and staff members (75) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

Lake County is reporting 5,391 cases – an increase of 100 in 24 hours. Those are comprised of 2,521 men, 2,739 women, 33 non-residents and 98 people listed as unknown. There have been 75 deaths and 306 people hospitalized.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County with 1,394 cases – an increase of 16 overnight. Others have been identified in Leesburg (807), Tavares (641), Eustis (446), Mount Dora (390), Groveland (378), Lady Lake (190), Mascotte (184), Minneola (151), Sorrento (132), Umatilla (108), Fruitland Park (105), Montverde (83), Grand Island (56), Astatula (40), Howey-in-the-Hills (34), Yalaha (25), The Villages (25), Astor (24), Paisley (22), Altoona (20), Okahumpka (14), Ferndale (5) and Mount Plymouth (3).

Sumter County is now reporting 1,410 cases – an increase of eight in 24-hours – among 706 men, 692 women, eight non-residents and four people listed as unknown. There have been 44 deaths and 185 people requiring some form of hospital care.

The Villages continues to pace Sumter County with 436 cases, followed by Bushnell with 243. Of those, 131 are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 28 staff members. Others have been identified in Wildwood (232), Coleman (121), Oxford (84), Webster (71), Lake Panasoffkee (68), Center Hill (38), Sumterville (29) and Lady Lake portion of the county (28). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 329 cases among 235 inmates and 94 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 557,137 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 6,236 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 551,232 are residents. There have been 9,046 deaths and 32,537 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 149 more deaths since Wednesday and an additional 590 people requiring hospital care.

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