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4 more local COVID-19 deaths as cases spike in Ocala and tri-county area

Four more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the tri-county area continued to show a significant spike in new cases of the deadly virus Wednesday.

Three of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the fourth one lived in Sumter County. No information was provided by the Florida Department of Health about the Sumter County resident but the Marion County residents were identified as:

  • 89-year-old woman who tested positive Sept. 8;
  • 91-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 2; and
  • 71-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 4.

Marion County is now reporting 11,952 cases – an increase of 81 from Tuesday to Wednesday – among 4,931 men, 6,977 women, 33 non-residents and 11 people listed as unknown. A total of 1,160 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,260 in correctional facilities. There have been 371 deaths and 1,135 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 8,958 cases – an increase of 52 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (495), Belleview (438), Dunnellon (435), Citra (205), Silver Springs (186), Ocklawaha (149), Reddick (97), Weirsdale (86), Anthony (81), Fort McCoy (79), Flemington (33), Salt Springs (23), Orange Lake (12), The Villages (10), Sparr (9), McIntosh (9), Candler (9), Lowell (7), Morriston (5), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (1). A total of 1,428 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (110) 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: 24,979 – increase of 203
  • Men: 11,247
  • Women: 13,447
  • Non-residents: 128
  • People listed as unknown: 157
  • Deaths: 705
  • Hospitalizations: 2,239

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 3,212 – increase of 28
  • Men: 1,811
  • Women: 1,365
  • Non-residents: 19
  • People listed as unknown: 17
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 226
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 798
  • Deaths: 91
  • Hospitalizations: 308
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (893), Coleman (711), Wildwood (485), Bushnell (367, 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 111 cases among four inmates and 107 staff members.

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 9,815 – increase of 94
  • Men: 4,505
  • Women: 5,105
  • Non-residents: 76
  • People listed as unknown: 129
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 731
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 282
  • Deaths: 243
  • Hospitalizations: 796
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,492), Leesburg (1,583), Tavares (852), Eustis (798) and Mount Dora (741).

All told, Florida is reporting 905,248 cases – an increase of 7,925 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 892,352 are residents. A total of 54,176 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 25,295 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 17,949 deaths and 52,637 people have been hospitalized.

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