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7 more local COVID-19 deaths as virus continues to run rampant across Florida

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as new cases of the virus continue to be reported across Florida at an alarming rate.

Six of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other one lived in Lake County. They are among the 960 deaths across the tri-county area, the 23,261 in Florida and the 373,463 reported across the country

All told, Florida is reporting 1,477,010 cases – an increase of 12,313 Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 1,450,620 are residents. A total of 68,476 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,834 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 23,261 deaths and 65,595 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 20,537 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 220 in a 24-hour period. There have been 504 deaths and 1,407 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 15,183 cases – an overnight increase of 147. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,256), Dunnellon (916), Belleview (838), Citra (365), Silver Springs (357), Ocklawaha (308), Reddick (215), Fort McCoy (181), Anthony (178), Weirsdale (148), The Villages (59), Salt Springs (35), Flemington (34), McIntosh (19), Sparr (18), Orange Lake (17), Candler (15), Lowell (14), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6), East Lake (6) and Fairfield (5).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 44,485 – increase of 522
  • Deaths: 960
  • Hospitalizations: 2,847

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 17,973 – increase of 231
  • Deaths: 334
  • Hospitalizations: 1,042
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,710), Leesburg (2,898), Eustis (1,549), Mount Dora (1,359) and Tavares (1,325).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,975 – increase of 71
  • Deaths: 122
  • Hospitalizations: 398
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,645), Coleman (778), Wildwood (751), Bushnell (637) and Oxford (355).

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Crime

Ocala mom charged with DUI in Liberty Middle School parking lot

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Habitual drunk driver from Fort McCoy arrested again

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Business

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Ocala mom charged with DUI in Liberty Middle School parking lot

An Ocala woman was charged with DUI on Wednesday morning after she reportedly drove over traffic cones in the parking lot while dropping off her children at Liberty Middle School.

Summerfield man charged with trespassing at Silver Springs Circle K

A 30-year-old Summerfield man jailed last summer for shoplifting a beer at a Belleview gas station was arrested Tuesday night when he returned to a Circle K in Silver Springs after being trespassed from the store hours earlier.

Habitual drunk driver from Fort McCoy arrested again

A Fort McCoy man with multiple prior DUI convictions refused to submit to a breath test and was arrested again Tuesday.

7 more local COVID-19 deaths as virus continues to run rampant across Florida

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as new cases of the virus continue to be reported across Florida at an alarming rate.

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