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7 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as state tops 1.3 million cases

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida surpassed 1.3 million cumulative cases of the deadly virus on Wednesday.

Four of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County, while two lived in Sumter County and one in Lake County. They are among the 877 tri-county deaths from the virus, as well as the 21,857 in Florida and the 340,956 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,306,123 cases – an increase of 13,871 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,283,701 are residents. A total of 64,450 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,312 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 62,508 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 17,451 cases – an increase of 152 in a 24-hour period. There have been 462 deaths and 1,322 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 13,114 cases – an overnight increase of 95. Others have been identified in Summerfield (991), Dunnellon (752), Belleview (689), Silver Springs (299), Citra (297), Ocklawaha (258), Reddick (164), Fort McCoy (149), Anthony (133), Weirsdale (121), The Villages (58), Flemington (34), Salt Springs (29), Sparr (17), McIntosh (15), Candler (14), Orange Lake (14), Lowell (9), Morriston (6), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (5) and Fairfield (4).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 37,603 – increase of 417
  • Deaths: 877
  • Hospitalizations: 2,689

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 15,201 – increase of 203
  • Deaths: 295
  • Hospitalizations: 990
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,043), Leesburg (2,420), Eustis (1,233), Mount Dora (1,176) and Tavares (1,154).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 4,951 – increase of 62
  • Deaths: 120
  • Hospitalizations: 377
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,042), Coleman (731), Wildwood (670), Bushnell (544) and Oxford (282).

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