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Thursday, July 22, 2021

87 percent of COVID-19 cases in Marion County identified in three cities

Eighty-seven percent of the COVID-19 cases in Marion County are being reported in three cities.

That’s according to information released Friday by the Florida Department of Health, which shows that of the 7,807 cases in Marion County, 6,769 have been reported in Ocala, Summerfield and Belleview.

The overwhelming majority of those cases – 6,174 – have been identified in Ocala, which saw an increase of 90 from Thursday to Friday. Summerfield increase by two cases to 307 and Belleview added three patients for a total of 286 cases, according to the report.

Other Marion County cases have been identified in Dunnellon (247), Citra (152), Silver Springs (100), Ocklawaha (84), Reddick (63), Anthony (46), Weirsdale (44), Fort McCoy (30), Flemington (24), Orange Lake (10), Sparr (6), McIntosh (5), Lowell (4), Candler (3), East Lake (3), The Villages (3), Fairfield (2), Orange Springs (2), Morriston (1) and Salt Springs (1). A total of 1,358 cases have been reported among inmates (1,277) and staff members (81) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

Overall, 15,434 cases have been reported in the tri-county area – an increase of 263 in a 24-hour period. Those are divided among 6,686 men, 8,484 women, 58 non-residents and 206 people listed as unknown. There have been 258 deaths and 1,207 people hospitalized.

Below is a breakdown of COVID-19 activity in the remaining portions of the tri-county area:

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,947 – increase of 95
  • Deaths: 91 deaths
  • Hospitalizations: 343
  • Cities with the most cases: Clermont (1,528), Leesburg (914), Tavares (665), Eustis (500) and Mount Dora (434).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 1,680 – increase of 52
  • Deaths: 46
  • Hospitalizations: 199
  • Areas/cities the most cases: The Villages (466), Wildwood (314), Bushnell (259), Coleman (219) and Oxford (103).

All told, Florida is reporting 593,286 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 4,684 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 587,023 are residents. There have been 10,304 deaths and 35,997 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 118 more deaths since Thursday and an additional 347 people requiring hospital care.