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Florida tops 10,000 new COVID-19 cases for biggest spike in four months

More than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across the state Sunday – the biggest single-day increase in a little under four months.

All told, Florida is reporting 885,201 cases – an increase of 10,105 from Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 872,810 are residents. A total of 53,554 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 25,206 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 17,734 deaths and 51,900 people have been hospitalized.

The increase in the number of new cases marks the biggest spike since July 25 when 12,199 new positive results were reported. It follows a trend that’s being seen across the United States as new cases are being reported at an alarming rate, with 184,000 reported on Friday alone.

Marion County is now reporting 11,739 cases – an increase of 49 from Saturday to Sunday – among 4,823 men, 6,873 women, 32 non-residents and 11 people listed as unknown. A total of 1,155 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,256 in correctional facilities. There have been 364 deaths and 1,118 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 8.823 cases – an increase of 33 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (486), Belleview (425), Dunnellon (425), Citra (205), Silver Springs (183), Ocklawaha (147), Reddick (91), Weirsdale (83), Anthony (80), Fort McCoy (77), Flemington (33), Salt Springs (22), Orange Lake (12), The Villages (9), Sparr (9), McIntosh (9), Candler (8), Lowell (7), Morriston (5), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (1). A total of 1,425 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (107) 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: 24,522 – increase of 157
  • Men: 11,028
  • Women: 13,221
  • Non-residents: 119
  • People listed as unknown: 154
  • Deaths: 696
  • Hospitalizations: 2,189

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 9,623 – increase of 96
  • Men: 4,417
  • Women: 5,010
  • Non-residents: 70
  • People listed as unknown: 126
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 730
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 282
  • Deaths: 243
  • Hospitalizations: 769
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,448), Leesburg (1,557), Tavares (841), Eustis (780) and Mount Dora (723).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 3,160 – increase of 12
  • Men: 1,788
  • Women: 1,338
  • Non-residents: 17
  • People listed as unknown: 17
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 225
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 802
  • Deaths: 89
  • Hospitalizations: 302
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (865), Coleman (716), Wildwood (483), Bushnell (364, 154 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 106 inmates and 48 staff members) and Oxford (152). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 135 cases among 28 inmates and 107 staff members.

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Ocala woman arrested on drug charges after chase

An Ocala woman was arrested after she allegedly threw drugs out her car window while being chased by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on North 52nd Avenue.

Belleview man caught driving car with phony plate

A Belleview man was arrested after being caught driving a vehicle with the wrong license tag attached to it.

Ocala man with long rap sheet accused of punching woman

An Ocala man with two dozen prior arrests is back in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly punched a woman in the face over something he found on her phone.

Florida tops 10,000 new COVID-19 cases for biggest spike in four months

More than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across the state Sunday – the biggest single-day increase in a little under four months.

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