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8 more local COVID-19 deaths as state reports biggest spike in 3 weeks

Eight more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida saw its biggest spike in cases of the deadly virus in almost three weeks and the small town of Coleman in Sumter County also reported a huge increase.

Three of the latest fatalities lived in Marion County, three were from Lake County and the other two were residents of Sumter County. They were identified Thursday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 73-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive July 24;
  • 96-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 31;
  • 77-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Sept. 11;
  • 89-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive July 10;
  • 79-year-old Lake County man who tested positive July 13;
  • 68-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive July 28;
  • 82-year-old Sumter County man who tested positive July 15; and
  • 90-year-old Sumter County man who tested positive Sept. 16.

Florida reported 3,306 new cases of the virus on Thursday – the largest increase since Sept. 19 when 3,573 new positive results were reported. It’s unclear how many of the 85 new cases of the 622 reported in Coleman were in the federal prison, which sometimes lags behind in reporting numbers. But as of Thursday, the prison was reporting 200 cases among 96 inmates and 104 staff members – an increase of 11 inmates in a 24-hour period.

Marion County is now reporting 10,075 cases – an increase of 51 from Wednesday to Thursday – among 4,089 men, 5,952 women, 19 non-residents and 15 people listed as unknown. A total of 1,035 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,229 in correctional facilities. There have been 313 deaths and 996 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 7,756 cases – an increase of 37 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (397), Belleview (364), Dunnellon (346), Citra (192), Silver Springs (156), Ocklawaha (132), Reddick (81), Anthony (66), Weirsdale (65), Fort McCoy (57), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (12), Salt Springs (9), Sparr (8), McIntosh (8), Candler (7), Lowell (5), The Villages (5), East Lake (3), Morriston (3), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (2). A total of 1,421 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (103) 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: 20,486 – increase of 197
  • Men: 9,161
  • Women: 11,108
  • Non-residents: 80
  • People listed as unknown: 137
  • Deaths: 75
  • Hospitalizations: 1,905

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,818 – increase of 48
  • Men: 3,611
  • Women: 4,046
  • Non-residents: 51
  • People listed as unknown: 110
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 639
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 267
  • Deaths: 202
  • Hospitalizations: 649
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (1,947), Leesburg (1,299), Tavares (746), Eustis (620) and Mount Dora (606).

All told, Florida is reporting 726,013 COVID-19 cases. Of those, 717,148 are residents. A total of 47,995 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 23,287 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 15,254 deaths and 45,483 people have been hospitalized.

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