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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

Two Ocala gal pals were jailed recently after a nasty battle that also involved two others.

8 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as Florida reports another significant spike

COVID-19 has claimed eight more local residents as new cases of the deadly virus continued to be reported Sunday across the tri-county area and Florida at an alarming rate.

Seven of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other one lived in Sumter County. They are among the 1,075 deaths in the local area, the 24,515 in Florida and the 396,549 across the country.

As of Sunday, the tri-county area was reporting 47,950 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 349 in a 24-hour period. A total of 2,954 local residents also have been hospitalized.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,571,279 cases – an increase of 11,093 from Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 1,542,567 are residents. A total of 71,371 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,203 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 24,515 deaths and 67,997 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 22,141 cases – an increase of 111 in a 24-hour period. There have been 541 deaths and 1,450 people hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 16,290 cases – an overnight increase of 75. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,366), Dunnellon (986), Belleview (923), Silver Springs (384), Citra (383), Ocklawaha (319), Reddick (237), Fort McCoy (200), Anthony (197), Weirsdale (159), The Villages (62), Salt Springs (38), Flemington (34), McIntosh (22), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), 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:

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,422 – increase of 59
  • Deaths: 157
  • Hospitalizations: 423
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,882), Coleman (808), Wildwood (787), Bushnell (697) and Oxford (377).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 19,387 – increase of 179
  • Deaths: 377
  • Hospitalizations: 1,081
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,049), Leesburg (3,111), Eustis (1,701), Mount Dora (1,467) and Tavares (1,417).

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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

Two Ocala gal pals were jailed recently after a nasty battle that also involved two others.

Ocala woman accused of attacking woman outside her home

An Ocala woman is accused of ambushing a woman and beating her up outside her home.

Ocala man jailed after fleeing deputy twice on motorcycle

An Ocala man who twice sped away from a deputy trying to pull him over was arrested recently after his motorcycling companion identified him.

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