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Number of new COVID-19 cases slows but deaths continue to rise across Florida

The outbreak of COVID-19 continued to slow across Florida on Sunday but 96 more fatalities – including two in the local area – were reported in the Sunshine State.

The two local fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 1,407 tri-county victims, the 29,275 in Florida and the 484,997 across Florida.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,827,373 cases – an increase of 5,436 from Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 1,794,155 are residents. A total of 79,568 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,336 correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 29,275 deaths and 76,109 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 26,333 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 106 in a 24-hour period. There have been 676 deaths and 1,624 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 19,411 cases – an increase of 73 in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,658), Dunnellon (1,198), Belleview (1,114), Silver Springs (517), Citra (444), Ocklawaha (404), Reddick (271), Fort McCoy (258), Anthony (246), Weirsdale (205), The Villages (176), Salt Springs (47), Flemington (34), McIntosh (27), Sparr (21), Orange Lake (21), Lowell (18), Candler (17), Fairfield (8), East Lake (8), Orange Springs (7) and Morriston (5).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 57,372 – increase of 223
  • Deaths: 1,407
  • Hospitalizations: 3,319

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 23,442 – increase of 96
  • Deaths: 516
  • Hospitalizations: 1,227
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,125), Leesburg (3,674), Eustis (2,087), Mount Dora (1,792) and Tavares (1,725).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,597 – increase of 21
  • Deaths: 215
  • Hospitalizations: 468
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,545), Wildwood (911), Bushnell (834), Coleman (821) and Oxford (438).

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