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Monday, July 26, 2021

2 more local residents die of COVID-19 as cases mount across tri-county area

Two more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as 112 new cases of the potentially deadly virus were reported Friday in the tri-county area.

The latest two fatalities were both Marion County residents. They were identified by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 92-year-old man who tested positive July 23; and
  • 71-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 23.

Marion County is now reporting 10,630 cases – an increase of 37 from Thursday to Friday – among 4,331 men, 6,270 women, 22 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. A total of 1,059 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,241 in correctional facilities. There have been 341 deaths and 1,046 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 8,104 cases – an increase of 23 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (436), Belleview (385), Dunnellon (363), Citra (196), Silver Springs (168), Ocklawaha (138), Reddick (84), Weirsdale (75), Anthony (71), Fort McCoy (63), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (12), Salt Springs (12), 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 1,423 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (105) 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: 21,843 – increase of 112
  • Men: 9,797
  • Women: 11,829
  • Non-residents: 90
  • People listed as unknown: 127
  • Deaths: 651
  • Hospitalizations: 2,044

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,387 – increase of 51
  • Men: 3,854
  • Women: 4,368
  • Non-residents: 57
  • People listed as unknown: 108
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 682
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 270
  • Deaths: 227
  • Hospitalizations: 722
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,077), Leesburg (1,389), Tavares (779), Eustis (668) and Mount Dora (640).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,826 – increase of 24
  • Men: 1,612
  • Women: 1,191
  • Non-residents: 11
  • People listed as unknown: 12
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 207
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 764
  • Deaths: 83
  • Hospitalizations: 276
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (733), Coleman (678), Wildwood (456), Bushnell (333, 143 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 40 staff members) and Oxford (143). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 170 cases among 67 inmates and 103 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 771,780 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,689 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 761,924 are residents. A total of 50,025 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 23,914 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 16,544 deaths and 47,953 people have been hospitalized.