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5 more local residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area tops 18,000 cases

Five more local residents have died of COVID-19 as the tri-county area topped 18,000 cases of the fast-spreading and deadly virus.

Four of the fatalities lived in Lake County and the other one was a resident of Sumter County. They were identified Friday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 85-year-old Lake County man who tested positive June 17;
  • 87-year-old Lake County man who tested positive Aug. 3;
  • 92-year-old Lake County man who tested positive Aug. 3;
  • 86-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive Aug. 13; and
  • 83-year-old Sumter County man who tested positive Aug. 22.

Marion County is now reporting 9,043 cases – an increase of 76 from Thursday to Friday – among 3,595 men, 5,374 women, 16 non-residents and 58 people listed as unknown. A total of 894 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,206 in correctional facilities. There have been 235 deaths and 854 people treated in area hospitals.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 54 – have been reported in Ocala, followed by Summerfield with 353 and Belleview with 333. Others have been identified in Dunnellon (298), Citra (167), Silver Springs (134), Ocklawaha (99), Reddick (71), Anthony (56), Weirsdale (52), Fort McCoy (39), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (11), Sparr (7), McIntosh (7), Candler (6), Lowell (5), The Villages (5), Salt Springs (5), Fairfield (3), East Lake (3), Morriston (3) and Orange Springs (2). A total of 1,416 cases have been reported among inmates (1,317) and staff members (99) 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: 18,101 – increase of 144
  • Men: 7,917
  • Women: 9,908
  • Non-residents: 72
  • People listed as unknown: 204
  • Deaths: 435
  • Hospitalizations: 1,579

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,972 – increase of 51
  • Men: 3,227
  • Women: 3,565
  • Non-residents: 47
  • People listed as unknown: 133
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 495
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 164
  • Deaths: 140
  • Hospitalizations: 492
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (1,750), Leesburg (1,146), Tavares (718), Eustis (548) and Mount Dora (539).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,086 – increase of 17
  • Men: 1,095
  • Women: 969
  • Non-residents: 9
  • People listed as unknown: 13
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 191
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 467
  • Deaths: 60
  • Hospitalizations: 233
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (539), Wildwood (391), Coleman (376), Bushnell (281, 137 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 34 staff members) and Oxford (116).

All told, Florida is reporting 658,381 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,650 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 650,922 are residents. A total of 43,159 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 21,422 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 12,658 deaths and 41,021 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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