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Local COVID-19 death toll rising rapidly as new cases of virus ramp back up

The local COVID-19 death toll continued to rise rapidly Tuesday as new cases of the virus showed a marked increase across Florida.

Nineteen new tri-county area deaths were reported – 14 in Marion County and the other five in Lake County. They are among the 1,441 deaths across the local area, the 29,659 in Florida and the 487,564 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,837,285 cases – an increase of 6,297 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,803,893 are residents. A total of 79,833 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,535 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 29,659 deaths and 76,525 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 26,546 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 155 in a 24-hour period. There have been 691 deaths and 1,637 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 19,560 cases – an overnight increase of 105. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,670), Dunnellon (1,202), Belleview (1,128), Silver Springs (528), Citra (447), Ocklawaha (410), Reddick (272), Fort McCoy (259), Anthony (249), Weirsdale (210), 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: 57,767 – increase of 270
  • Deaths: 1,441
  • Hospitalizations: 3,347

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 23,587 – increase of 89
  • Deaths: 526
  • Hospitalizations: 1,231
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,173), Leesburg (3,691), Eustis (2,098), Mount Dora (1,804) and Tavares (1,736).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,634 – increase of 26
  • Deaths: 224
  • Hospitalizations: 479
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,566), Wildwood (915), Bushnell (837), Coleman (822) and Oxford (438).

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