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COVID-19 death toll spikes in local area as Florida nears 30,000 fatalities

Twenty-five more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the Sunshine State neared the 30,000 mark in fatalities from the fast-spreading virus.

Nineteen of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other six lived in Lake County. They are among the 1,474 tri-county area COVID-19 deaths, the 29,990 in Florida and the 494,646 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,849,744 cases – an increase of 5,117 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 1,816, 108 are residents. A total of 80,153 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,603 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 77,124 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 26,748 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 132 in a 24-hour period. There have been 719 deaths and 1,660 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 19,698 cases – an overnight increase of 94. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,683), Dunnellon (1,214), Belleview (1,131), Silver Springs (538), Citra (454), Ocklawaha (412), Reddick (274), Fort McCoy (260), Anthony (252), Weirsdale (210), The Villages (176), Salt Springs (47), Flemington (34), McIntosh (27), Sparr (21), Orange Lake (21), Lowell (18), Candler (17), East Lake (9), Fairfield (8), Orange Springs (7) and Morriston (5).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 58,164 – increase of 225
  • Deaths: 1,474
  • Hospitalizations: 3,393

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 23,728 – increase of 73
  • Deaths: 531
  • Hospitalizations: 1,243
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,209), Leesburg (3,711), Eustis (2,111), Mount Dora (1,809) and Tavares (1,754).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,688 – increase of 20
  • Deaths: 224
  • Hospitalizations: 490
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,599), Wildwood (921), Bushnell (839), Coleman (822) and Oxford (438).

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