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Florida zips past 1.5 million COVID-19 cases as 11 more local residents die

Florida topped 1.5 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as 11 more local residents lost their battle with the deadly virus.

All told, the Sunshine State was reporting 1,503,482 cases – an increase of 14,896 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,476,484 are residents. A total of 69,162 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,920 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 66,204 people have been hospitalized.

Eight of the latest fatalities were Marion County residents, while two lived in Sumter County and one was from Lake County. They are among the 976 tri-county area deaths, the 23,585 in Florida and the 378,457 across the country.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 20,978 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 284 in a 24-hour period. There have been 516 deaths and 1,420 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 15,498 COVID-19 cases –an overnight increase of 200. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,283), Dunnellon (942), Belleview (862), Citra (374), Silver Springs (366), Ocklawaha (309), Reddick (221), Fort McCoy (185), Anthony (183), Weirsdale (149), The Villages (61), Salt Springs (37), Flemington (34), McIntosh (22), Sparr (19), Orange Lake (17), Candler (15), Lowell (15), 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: 45,419 – increase of 554
  • Deaths: 976
  • Hospitalizations: 2,878

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 18,333 – increase of 191
  • Deaths: 336
  • Hospitalizations: 1,053
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,809), Leesburg (2,952), Eustis (1,586), Mount Dora (1,391) and Tavares (1,355).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,108 – increase of 79
  • Deaths: 124
  • Hospitalizations: 405
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,712), Coleman (783), Wildwood (765), Bushnell (658) and Oxford (363).

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Ocala woman jailed after man loses part of thumb in spat

A 54-year-old Ocala woman was charged with battery on a person 65 years of age or older after she slammed a door on a man’s hand, cutting off the tip of his thumb.

52-year-old Ocala man jailed after caught driving without license

An Ocala man found himself behind bars Thursday night after he was spotted driving a vehicle with an expired license tag.

Marijuana found in Ocala woman’s car during DUI arrest

An Ocala woman had marijuana in her vehicle during her recent drunk-driving arrest.

Florida zips past 1.5 million COVID-19 cases as 11 more local residents die

Florida topped 1.5 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as 11 more local residents lost their battle with the deadly virus.

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