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12 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Ocala-area cases on the rise

Twelve more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as a spike in cases was reported Thursday in and around Ocala.

Nine of the latest fatalities were residents of Lake County, while the other three lived in Marion County. No information was provided Thursday about the Marion County deaths by the Florida Department of Health, but the Lake County victims were identified as:

  • 87-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 8;
  • 82-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 12;
  • 63-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 23;
  • 92-year-old woman who tested positive Sept. 15;
  • 85-year-old woman who tested positive Sept. 17;
  • 73-year-old woman who tested positive Sept. 18;
  • 87-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 21;
  • 67-year-old man who tested positive Oct. 2; and
  • 95-year-old woman who tested positive Oct. 2.

Marion County is now reporting 10,593 cases – an increase of 84 from Tuesday to Thursday – among 4,317 men, 6,247 women, 22 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. A total of 1,057 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,240 in correctional facilities. There have been 342 deaths and 1,042 people treated in area hospitals.

The vast majority of Marion County cases – 8,081 – have been reported in Ocala, which saw an increase of 54 positive results in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (434), Belleview (383), Dunnellon (361), Citra (195), Silver Springs (166), Ocklawaha (136), Reddick (84), Weirsdale (75), Anthony (71), Fort McCoy (62), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (12), Salt Springs (11), Sparr (8), McIntosh (8), Candler (7), The Villages (6), Lowell (5), Morriston (5), East Lake (4), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (2). A total of 1,422 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (104) 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: 21,731 – increase of 211
  • Men: 9,748
  • Women: 11,768
  • Non-residents: 88
  • People listed as unknown: 127
  • Deaths: 652
  • Hospitalizations: 2,036

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,336 – increase of 96
  • Men: 3,835
  • Women: 4,337
  • Non-residents: 55
  • People listed as unknown: 109
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 678
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 269
  • Deaths: 227
  • Hospitalizations: 719
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,066), Leesburg (1,382), Tavares (775), Eustis (662) and Mount Dora (638).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,802 – increase of 31
  • Men: 1,596
  • Women: 1,184
  • Non-residents: 11
  • People listed as unknown: 11
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 206
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 753
  • Deaths: 83
  • Hospitalizations: 275
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (729), Coleman (668), Wildwood (456), Bushnell (331, 141 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 38 staff members) and Oxford (142). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 170 cases among 67 inmates and 103 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 768,091 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 7,702 from Tuesday to Thursday. Of those, 758,306 are residents. A total of 49,858 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 23,858 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 16,470 deaths and 47,765 people have been hospitalized.

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