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2 more local residents die of COVID-19 as new cases reported across Ocala area

Two more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as new cases of the deadly virus continue to be reported in and around Ocala.

Both of the latest fatalities lived in Lake County. They were identified Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health as an 81-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 18 and a 73-year-old man who tested positive Oct. 21.

Marion County is now reporting 12,628 cases – an increase of 49 from Tuesday to Wednesday – among 5,210 men, 7,367 women, 39 non-residents and 12 people listed as unknown. A total of 1,196 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 2,265 in correctional facilities. There have been 377 deaths and 1,157 people treated in area hospitals.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 9,849 cases – an increase of 25 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (553), Dunnellon (495), Belleview (481), Citra (224), Silver Springs (210), Ocklawaha (174), Reddick (116), Fort McCoy (95), Weirsdale (91), Anthony (87), The Villages (59), Flemington (33), Salt Springs (24), Orange Lake (13), Candler (11), Sparr (10), McIntosh (9), Lowell (7), Morriston (5), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (2) and Fairfield (1). A total of 1,459 cases have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (141) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

Below is a breakdown of other COVID-19 activity in the local area:


  • Cases: 26,254 – increase of 126
  • Men: 11,817
  • Women: 14,129
  • Non-residents: 145
  • People listed as unknown: 163
  • Deaths: 719
  • Hospitalizations: 2,294


  • Cases: 10,273 – increase of 65
  • Men: 4,725
  • Women: 5,327
  • Non-residents: 87
  • People listed as unknown: 134
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 741
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 283
  • Deaths: 250
  • Hospitalizations: 821
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (2,730), Leesburg (1,737), Tavares (918), Eustis (860) and Mount Dora (802).


  • Cases: 3,353 – increase of 12
  • Men: 1,882
  • Women: 1,435
  • Non-residents: 19
  • People listed as unknown: 17
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 226
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 801
  • Deaths: 92
  • Hospitalizations: 316
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (1,066), Coleman (716), Wildwood (523), Bushnell (421, 158 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 107 inmates and 51 staff members) and Oxford (173). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 121 cases among 13 inmates and 108 staff members.

All told, Florida is reporting 961,676 cases – an increase of 8,376 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 946,956 are residents. A total of 55,636 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 25,586 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 18,482 deaths and 54,133 people have been hospitalized.

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