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No new local COVID-19 deaths but Ocala reports 19 new cases of deadly virus

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported in the tri-county area Monday but Ocala added 19 new patients for a total of 7,381 cases – 78 percent of those reported in Marion County.

Overall, Marion County is reporting 9,453 cases – an increase of 22 from Sunday to Monday – among 3,793 men, 5,596 women, 17 non-residents and 47 people listed as unknown. A total of 967 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,219 in correctional facilities. There have been 260 deaths and 912 people treated in area hospitals.

Besides those cases in Ocala mentioned above, others have been identified in Summerfield (367), Belleview (352), Dunnellon (311), Citra (177), Silver Springs (134), Ocklawaha (112), Reddick (75), Anthony (61), Weirsdale (54), Fort McCoy (44), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (11), Sparr (8), McIntosh (7), Candler (7), Salt Springs (7), Lowell (5), The Villages (5), Fairfield (3), East Lake (3), Morriston (3) and Orange Springs (2). A total of 1,417 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) 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: 18,930 – increase of 43
  • Men: 8,287
  • Women: 10,378
  • Non-residents: 78
  • People listed as unknown: 187
  • Deaths: 494
  • Hospitalizations: 1,694

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,313 – increase of 20
  • Men: 3,365
  • Women: 3,769
  • Non-residents: 52
  • People listed as unknown: 127
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 564
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 260
  • Deaths: 169
  • Hospitalizations: 538
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (1,831), Leesburg (1,202), Tavares (732), Mount Dora (575) and Eustis (573).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,164 – increase of 1
  • Men: 1,129
  • Women: 1,013
  • Non-residents: 9
  • People listed as unknown: 13
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 197
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 473
  • Deaths: 65
  • Hospitalizations: 244
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (567), Wildwood (403), Coleman (384), Bushnell (288, 138 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 35 staff members) and Oxford (127). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 283 cases among 181 inmates and 102 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 685,439 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 1,685 from Sunday to Monday. Of those, 677,362 are residents. A total of 45,299 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 22,234 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 13,480 deaths and 42,543 people have been hospitalized.

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