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Tri-county area COVID-19 death toll continues to rise at rapid pace

The local death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb at an alarming rate, with 12 more local residents succumbing to the fast-spreading virus.

Eight of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other four lived in Lake County. They are among the 1,676 tri-county area deaths, the 32,200 in Florida and the 523,495 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,940,897 cases – an increase of 4,690 from Friday to Saturday. Of those, 1,905,185 are residents. A total of 81,615 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 31,080 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 32,200 deaths and 80,863 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 28,026 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 69 in a 24-hour period. There have been 852 deaths and 1,791 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 20,581 cases – an overnight increase of 45. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,749), Dunnellon (1,266), Belleview (1,212), Silver Springs (594), Citra (471), Ocklawaha (447), Reddick (283), Fort McCoy (280), Anthony (264), Weirsdale (219), The Villages (181), Salt Springs (49), Flemington (34), McIntosh (29), Sparr (22), Orange Lake (22), Lowell (19), Candler (18), East Lake (11), Fairfield (8), Orange Springs (8) and Morriston (6).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 61,274 – increase of 160
  • Deaths: 1,676
  • Hospitalizations: 3,628

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 25,083 – increase of 73
  • Deaths: 581
  • Hospitalizations: 1,325
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,571), Leesburg (3,867), Eustis (2,222), Mount Dora (1,889) and Tavares (1,824).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,165 – increase of 18
  • Deaths: 243
  • Hospitalizations: 512
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,878), Wildwood (958), Bushnell (864), Coleman (830) and Oxford (463).

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