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6 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida tops 1.4 million cases of deadly virus

Six more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as Florida surpassed 1.4 million cumulative cases of the deadly virus Wednesday.

All of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 948 tri-county deaths, the 22,647 across the state and the 359,997 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,409,906 cases – an increase of 17,783 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,385,040 are residents. A total of 66,717 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,572 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 22,647 deaths and 64,321 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 19,199 cases – an increase of 228 in a 24-hour period. There have been 495 deaths and 1,382 people hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 14,271 cases – an overnight increase of 134. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,165), Dunnellon (846), Belleview (785), Citra (337), Silver Springs (336), Ocklawaha (289), Reddick (192), Fort McCoy (166), Anthony (157), Weirsdale (139), The Villages (59), Flemington (34), Salt Springs (34), McIntosh (18), Sparr (17), Orange Lake (16), 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: 41,730 – increase of 554
  • Deaths: 948
  • Hospitalizations: 2,784

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 16,897 – increase of 200
  • Deaths: 331
  • Hospitalizations: 1,014
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,460), Leesburg (2,711), Eustis (1,421), Mount Dora (1,299) and Tavares (1,251).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,634 – increase of 126
  • Deaths: 122
  • Hospitalizations: 388
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,417), Coleman (775), Wildwood (731), Bushnell (603) and Oxford (330).

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