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Nine more local residents die of COVID-19 virus as Ocala tops 7,000 cases

Nine more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the deadly virus continues to wreak havoc on Ocala and surrounding communities.

Five of the fatalities were from Marion County, three lived in Lake County and one was a Sumter County resident. They were described Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 95-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 17;
  • 73-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 19;
  • 84-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 24;
  • 78-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 24;
  • 68-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 29;
  • 73-year-old Lake County man who tested positive July 22;
  • 67-year-old Lake County man who tested positive July 23;
  • 88-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive Sept. 2; and
  • 67-year-old Sumter County woman who tested positive Aug. 15.

Marion County is now reporting 8,925 cases – an increase of 44 from Tuesday to Wednesday – among 3,550 men, 5,308 women, 15 non-residents and 52 people listed as unknown. A total of 865 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,203 in correctional facilities. There have been 230 deaths and 832 people treated in area hospitals.

The vast majority of Marion County cases – 7,018 – have been reported in Ocala, which saw an increase of 34 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (350), Belleview (332), Dunnellon (290), Citra (164), Silver Springs (132), Ocklawaha (96), Reddick (71), Anthony (55), Weirsdale (51), Fort McCoy (38), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (11), Sparr (7), McIntosh (6), Lowell (5), The Villages (5), Candler (5), Salt Springs (4), Fairfield (3), East Lake (3), Morriston (2) and Orange Springs (2). A total of 1,412 cases have been reported among inmates (1,316) and staff members (96) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

Below is a breakdown of other COVID-19 activity in the local area:

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 17,856 – increase of 85
  • Men: 7,809
  • Women: 9,778
  • Non-residents: 71
  • People listed as unknown: 198
  • Deaths: 417
  • Hospitalizations: 1,541

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,871 – increase of 30
  • Men: 3,178
  • Women: 3,513
  • Non-residents: 47
  • People listed as unknown: 133
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 478
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 163
  • Deaths: 131
  • Hospitalizations: 481
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (1,717), Leesburg (1,123), Tavares (712), Eustis (547) and Mount Dora (533). The Villages is reporting 30 cases.

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,060 – increase of 11
  • Men: 1,081
  • Women: 957
  • Non-residents: 9
  • People listed as unknown: 13
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 190
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 465
  • Deaths: 56
  • Hospitalizations: 228
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (534), Wildwood (384), Coleman (374), Bushnell (278, 136 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 33 staff members) and Oxford (116).

All told, Florida is reporting 652,148 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 2,056 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 644,781 are residents. A total of 42,431 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 21,228 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 12,269 deaths and 40,517 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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