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2 more local COVID-19 deaths as tri-county area hits milestone in number of cases

Two more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the tri-county area surpassed 50,000 cumulative cases of the fast-spreading deadly virus.

The latest two fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 1,117 tri-county deaths, the 25,561 in Florida and the 416,735 across the country.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 23,209 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 159 in a 24-hour period. There have been 562 deaths and 1,509 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 17,246 cases – an overnight increase of 120. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,458), Dunnellon (1,025), Belleview (988), Silver Springs (411), Citra (396), Ocklawaha (343), Reddick (252), Fort McCoy (209), Anthony (207), The Villages (176), Weirsdale (175), Salt Springs (39), Flemington (34), McIntosh (23), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), Lowell (17), East Lake (7), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6) and Fairfield (6).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 50,385 – increase of 393
  • Deaths: 1,117
  • Hospitalizations: 3,053

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 20,470 – increase of 174
  • Deaths: 386
  • Hospitalizations: 1,109
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,412), Leesburg (3,266), Eustis (1,831), Mount Dora (1,587) and Tavares (1,499).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,706 – increase of 60
  • Deaths: 169
  • Hospitalizations: 435
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,067), Coleman (812), Wildwood (811), Bushnell (732) and Oxford (388).

All told, Florida is reporting 1,639,914 cases – an increase of 12,311 from Friday to Saturday. Of those, 1,609,953 are residents. A total of 73,769 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,626 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 70,002 people have been hospitalized.

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Crime

Dunnellon man killed in fiery crash when his vehicle slams head-on in tractor trailer cab

A 55-year-old Dunnellon man was killed and two Ocala men were injured in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon in Marion County.

Ocala man jailed over semi-automatic rifle in vehicle

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Ocala man apologizes over and over after DUI arrest

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Ocala woman with suspended license nabbed after running stop sign

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Business

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Ocala police chief: ‘Marijuana legalization will produce more violent crime in Ocala’

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Headlines

Dunnellon man killed in fiery crash when his vehicle slams head-on in tractor trailer cab

A 55-year-old Dunnellon man was killed and two Ocala men were injured in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon in Marion County.

Ocala man jailed over semi-automatic rifle in vehicle

A 24-year-old Ocala man who was adjudicated as a delinquent for armed robbery when he was 16 was arrested Sunday when a loaded semi-automatic rifle was found in his vehicle.

Ocala man apologizes over and over after DUI arrest

An Ocala man charged with DUI changed his story about how much he had to drink and then continuously apologized while on his way to jail early Sunday.

Ocala woman with suspended license nabbed after running stop sign

An Ocala woman was charged with driving with a suspended license and failing to register her vehicle after being pulled over for running a stop sign Sunday night.

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