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22 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as massive spikes reported

COVID-19 has claimed 22 more local residents as Florida and the tri-county area both reported massive spikes in new cases of the deadly virus.

Eighteen of the latest fatalities lived in Lake County, while four were residents of Marion County. They are among the 947 local deaths, the 22,515 in Florida and the 356,203 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,392,123 cases – an increase of 15,431 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,367,778 are residents. A total of 66,174 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,535 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 22,515 deaths and 63,882 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 18,971 cases – an increase of 230 in a 24-hour period. There have been 489 deaths and 1,361 people have been hospitalized.

The vast majority of cases in Marion County – 14,137 – have been reported in Ocala. That represents 74.5 percent of all cases in the county. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,135), Dunnellon (840), Belleview (769), Citra (335), Silver Springs (330), Ocklawaha (280), Reddick (189), Fort McCoy (161), Anthony (155), Weirsdale (136), The Villages (59), Flemington (34), Salt Springs (33), Sparr (17), McIntosh (16), Orange Lake (15), Candler (14), Lowell (14), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6), East Lake (5) and Fairfield (5).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 41,176 – increase of 549
  • Deaths: 947
  • Hospitalizations: 2,753

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 16,697 – increase of 214
  • Deaths: 336
  • Hospitalizations: 1,007
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,413), Leesburg (2,680), Eustis (1,399), Mount Dora (1,288) and Tavares (1,240). The Villages also is reporting 115 cases.

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,508 – increase of 105
  • Deaths: 122
  • Hospitalizations: 385
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,328), Coleman (774), Wildwood (724), Bushnell (598) and Oxford (322).

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22 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as massive spikes reported

COVID-19 has claimed 22 more local residents as Florida and the tri-county area both reported massive spikes in new cases of the deadly virus.

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