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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

3 more local COVID-19 deaths as DeSantis kills local emergency mandates

On the day when three more local residents lost their battle with COVID-19 and 41 more virus-related fatalities were reported across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order putting an end to all local Coronavirus emergency orders put in place across the Sunshine State.

All three of the latest local fatalities were in Marion County. They are among the 1,866 deaths across the tri-county area, the 36,009 in Florida and the 577,402 across the country since the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University show.

Gov. Ron DeSantis ends local COVID 19 mandates
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order on Monday that puts an end to all local COVID-19 emergency orders put in place across the Sunshine State. It doesn’t affect mask orders and other restrictions imposed by businesses in Florida.

DeSantis’ latest bill and executive order immediately halts all local COVID-19 orders, such as those requiring masks and stricter restrictions. The order applies to government mandates but won’t affect businesses that have mask rules in place.

In signing the order, DeSantis declared that Florida was no longer in a state of emergency. He cited widespread availability of vaccines as one of the key reasons for the directive and made the case that those who still want restrictions are actually saying they don’t believe in vaccines.

All told, Florida is reporting 2,245,853 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,075 from Sunday to Monday. Of those, 2,203,807 are residents. A total of 84,804 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 32,402 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 90,889 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 30,949 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 36 in a 24-hour period. There have been 958 deaths and 2,149 people have been hospitalized. A total of 133,156 people have been vaccinated, with 101,988 receiving both doses.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 22,629 cases – an overnight increase of 34. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,920), Dunnellon (1,432), Belleview (1,366), Silver Springs (681), Ocklawaha (521), Citra (509), Fort McCoy (318), Reddick (314), Anthony (298), Weirsdale (248), The Villages (183), Salt Springs (50), Flemington (34), McIntosh (31), Sparr (26), Orange Lake (26), Candler (20), Lowell (19), East Lake (12), Fairfield (8) and Orange Springs (8).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 69,711 – increase of 88
  • Deaths: 1,866
  • Hospitalizations: 4,251

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 29,468 – increase of 39
  • Deaths: 633
  • Hospitalizations: 1,524
  • Vaccinations: 165,218 (128,230 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (7,898), Leesburg (4,415), Eustis (2,575), Mount Dora (2,151) and Tavares (2,032).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 9,294 – increase of 13
  • Deaths: 275
  • Hospitalizations: 578
  • Vaccinations: 83,464 (70,739 both doses)
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (4,251), Wildwood (1,088), Bushnell (1,031), Coleman (852) and Oxford (541).