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Tri-county area reports significant spike in COVID-19-related deaths

The COVID-19 virus roared back to life across Florida and the tri-county area on Tuesday as the local death toll showed a significant spike.

Seventeen new fatalities were reported in the tri-county area – 14 in Sumter County, two in Marion County and one in Lake County. They are among the 1,777 tri-county area deaths, the 33,983 in Florida and the 550,371 across the country, statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University show.

All told, Florida is reporting 2,052,441 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,062 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 2,014,354 are residents. A total of 82,937 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 31,564 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 84,973 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 28,996 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 45 in a 24-hour period. There have been 918 deaths and 1,967 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 21,235 cases – an overnight increase of 50. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,810), Dunnellon (1,324), Belleview (1,264), Silver Springs (621), Citra (482), Ocklawaha (475), Reddick (301), Fort McCoy (298), Anthony (275), Weirsdale (226), The Villages (182), Salt Springs (49), Flemington (34), McIntosh (30), Orange Lake (24), Sparr (22), Lowell (19), Candler (19), East Lake (11), Fairfield (8) and Orange Springs (8).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 64,380 – increase of 167
  • Deaths: 1,777
  • Hospitalizations: 3,934

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 26,604 – increase of 97
  • Deaths: 601
  • Hospitalizations: 1,412
  • Vaccinations: 116,881 (66,986 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,989), Leesburg (4,057), Eustis (2,344), Mount Dora (1,986) and Tavares (1,890).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,780 – increase of 25
  • Deaths: 258
  • Hospitalizations: 555
  • Vaccinations: 73,559 (49,910 both doses)
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (4,131), Wildwood (1,012), Bushnell (940), Coleman (841) and Oxford (503).

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