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Two more local residents die of COVID-19 as Ocala-area cases spike

Two more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Ocala and its surrounding communities reported a significant spike Saturday in the number of new cases of the deadly virus.

One of the fatalities was an 84-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Nov. 3 and the other was a 94-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive Nov. 16, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Health.

Marion County is now reporting 12,341 cases – an increase of 121 from Friday to Saturday – among 5,101 men, 7,196 women, 34 non-residents and 10 people listed as unknown. A total of 1,184 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,260 in correctional facilities. There have been 374 deaths and 1,149 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 9,217 cases – an increase of 73 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (506), Dunnellon (459), Belleview (456), Citra (210), Silver Springs (193), Ocklawaha (156), Reddick (105), Weirsdale (89), Fort McCoy (85), Anthony (84), Flemington (33), Salt Springs (23), Orange Lake (12), The Villages (10), Sparr (10), McIntosh (9), Candler (9), Lowell (7), Morriston (5), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (1). A total of 1,429 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (111) 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: 25,632 – increase of 218
  • Men: 11,552
  • Women: 13,790
  • Non-residents: 132
  • People listed as unknown: 158
  • Deaths: 710
  • Hospitalizations: 2,275

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 10,012 – increase of 66
  • Men: 4,609
  • Women: 5,194
  • Non-residents: 79
  • People listed as unknown: 130
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 738
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 283
  • Deaths: 244
  • Hospitalizations: 814
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,559), Leesburg (1,614), Tavares (861), Eustis (813) and Mount Dora (756).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 3,279 – increase of 31
  • Men: 1,842
  • Women: 1,400
  • Non-residents: 19
  • People listed as unknown: 18
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 226
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 800
  • Deaths: 92
  • Hospitalizations: 312
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (933), Coleman (713), Wildwood (488), Bushnell (371, 156 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 106 inmates and 50 staff members) and Oxford (156). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 115 cases among seven inmates and 108 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 931,827 cases – an increase of 8,409 from Friday to Saturday. Of those, 918,240 are residents. A total of 54,904 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 25,417 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 18,152 deaths and 53,266 people have been hospitalized.

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