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5 more local COVID-19 deaths as Ocala-area cases continue to rise

Five more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the number of cases in Ocala and surrounding communities continues to rise.

Two of the latest fatalities was identified as Marion County residents, while two lived in Lake County and the fifth one was a resident of Sumter County. They were identified Friday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • Marion 76-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Oct. 1;
  • Marion 69-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Oct. 5;
  • Lake County woman who tested positive Aug. 3;
  • Lake 88-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive Oct. 8; and
  • Sumter 83-year-old Sumter County woman who tested positive Oct. 3.

Marion County is now reporting 10,345 cases – an increase of 44 from Thursday to Friday – among 4,216 men, 6,102 women, 20 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. A total of 1,050 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,236 in correctional facilities. There have been 335 deaths and 1,029 people treated in area hospitals.

The vast majority of Marion County cases – 7,917 – have been reported in Ocala, which saw an increase of 22 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (423), Belleview (376), Dunnellon (354), Citra (192), Silver Springs (159), Ocklawaha (134), Reddick (82), Weirsdale (74), Anthony (69), Fort McCoy (59), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (12), Salt Springs (10), Sparr (8), McIntosh (8), Candler (7), The Villages (6), Lowell (5), Morriston (5), East Lake (3), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (2). A total of 1,424 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (106) 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: 21,159 – increase of 95
  • Men: 9,486
  • Women: 11,465
  • Non-residents: 84
  • People listed as unknown: 124
  • Deaths: 628
  • Hospitalizations: 1,990

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,083 – increase of 36
  • Men: 3,723
  • Women: 4,200
  • Non-residents: 54
  • People listed as unknown: 106
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 652
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 267
  • Deaths: 214
  • Hospitalizations: 691
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,000), Leesburg (1,339), Tavares (764), Eustis (638) and Mount Dora (620). The Villages also is reporting 40 cases.

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,731 – increase of 15
  • Men: 1,547
  • Women: 1,163
  • Non-residents: 10
  • People listed as unknown: 11
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 205
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 738
  • Deaths: 79
  • Hospitalizations: 270
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (705), Coleman (655), Wildwood (448), Bushnell (322, 140 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 37 staff members) and Oxford (139). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 206 cases among 103 inmates and 103 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 748,437 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,449 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 739,050 are residents. A total of 49,150 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 23,645 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 16,030 deaths and 46,862 people have been hospitalized.

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