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7 more local COVID-19 deaths as Ocala surpasses 20,000 cases of deadly virus

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Ocala topped 20,000 cumulative cases of the potentially deadly virus.

All seven of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 1,553 tri-county area deaths, the 30,878 in Florida and the 504,135 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,885,661 cases – an increase of 7,128 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,851,151 are residents. A total of 80,827 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,780 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 30,878 deaths and 78,472 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 27,301 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 121 in a 24-hour period. There have been 778 deaths and 1,716 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 20,067 cases – an overnight increase of 82. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,720), Dunnellon (1,237), Belleview (1,168), Silver Springs (560), Citra (461), Ocklawaha (426), Reddick (278), Fort McCoy (271), Anthony (263), Weirsdale (216), The Villages (179), Salt Springs (47), Flemington (34), McIntosh (28), 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: 59,437 – increase of 337
  • Deaths: 1,553
  • Hospitalizations: 3,477

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 24,228 – increase of 118
  • Deaths: 541
  • Hospitalizations: 1,261
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,342), Leesburg (3,768), Eustis (2,152), Mount Dora (1,836) and Tavares (1,779).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,908 – increase of 98
  • Deaths: 234
  • Hospitalizations: 500
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,741), Wildwood (930), Bushnell (849), Coleman (827) and Oxford (450).

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