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2 more local COVID-19 deaths as significant spike reported in Ocala and Marion County

Two more local residents have died of COVID-19 as new cases of the deadly virus continue to rise in Ocala and throughout Marion County.

One of the latest fatalities was a resident of Marion County and the other one lived in Sumter County. They were described Thursday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 56-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Sept. 16; and
  • 92-year-old Sumter County woman who tested positive Nov. 4.

Marion County is now reporting 12,061 cases – an increase of 109 from Wednesday to Thursday – among 4,992 men, 7,029 women, 33 non-residents and seven people listed as unknown. A total of 1,164 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,260 in correctional facilities. There have been 372 deaths and 1,141 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 9,031 cases – an increase of 73 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (497), Dunnellon (441), Belleview (439), Citra (206), Silver Springs (189), Ocklawaha (149), Reddick (103), Weirsdale (88), Fort McCoy (82), Anthony (81), 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: 25,163 – increase of 184
  • Men: 11,348
  • Women: 13,535
  • Non-residents: 129
  • People listed as unknown: 151
  • Deaths: 706
  • Hospitalizations: 2,239

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 9,872 – increase of 57
  • Men: 4,539
  • Women: 5,129
  • Non-residents: 77
  • People listed as unknown: 127
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 733
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 282
  • Deaths: 243
  • Hospitalizations: 805
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,516), Leesburg (1,593), Tavares (853), Eustis (802) and Mount Dora (744).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 3,230 – increase of 18
  • Men: 1,817
  • Women: 1,377
  • Non-residents: 19
  • People listed as unknown: 17
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 226
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 799
  • Deaths: 91
  • Hospitalizations: 309
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (906), Coleman (712), Wildwood (485), Bushnell (368, 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 113 cases among five inmates and 108 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 914,333 cases – an increase of 9,085 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 901,234 are residents. A total of 54,391 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 25,340 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 18,030 deaths and 52,865 people have been hospitalized.

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