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6 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports another massive spike

Six more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida reported close to 14,000 new cases of the virus on Wednesday.

Four of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and two lived in Lake County. They are among the 982 tri-county area deaths, the 23,759 in Florida and the 383,338 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,517,472 cases – an increase of 13,990 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,490,148 are residents. A total of 69,730 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,005 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 66,634 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 21,210 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 232 in a 24-hour period. There have been 520 deaths and 1,428 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 15,637 cases – an overnight increase of 139. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,297), Dunnellon (947), Belleview (884), Citra (372), Silver Springs (370), Ocklawaha (311), Reddick (222), Fort McCoy (188), Anthony (185), Weirsdale (152), The Villages (61), Salt Springs (37), Flemington (34), McIntosh (22), Sparr (19), Orange Lake (18), 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: 45,912 – increase of 493
  • Deaths: 982
  • Hospitalizations: 2,903

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 18,537 – increase of 204
  • Deaths: 338
  • Hospitalizations: 1,063
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,862), Leesburg (2,984), Eustis (1,610), Mount Dora (1,403) and Tavares (1,365).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,165 – increase of 57
  • Deaths: 124
  • Hospitalizations: 412
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,753), Coleman (783), Wildwood (770), Bushnell (661) and Oxford (364).

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Crime

Silver Springs woman says voices told her to take the money and run

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Ocala man jailed after rampage at his mother’s house

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Belleview man arrested after fight in gym

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Silver Springs woman says voices told her to take the money and run

A Silver Springs woman jailed last month for stealing an electric cart from Wal-Mart said voices in her head told her to take cash out of an employee’s purse and run from a Silver Springs pizza restaurant, and then punch the woman in the face when she tried to get her money back.

Ocala man jailed after rampage at his mother’s house

A 27-year-old Ocala man was charged with criminal mischief after he admitted to going on a destructive rampage at his mother’s house because he was angry other people at the residence wouldn’t keep partying with him.

Belleview man arrested after fight in gym

A 65-year-old Belleview man was arrested recently after getting into a brief scuffle with a man who called him an “old man” during an argument while they were working out at a gym.

6 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports another massive spike

Six more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida reported close to 14,000 new cases of the virus on Wednesday.

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