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11 more tri-county residents succumb to COVID-19 as virus sweeps local area

Eleven more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as the virus continues to plague the entire tri-county area.

Nine of the fatalities were in Marion County, with one each in Sumter and Lake counties. The victims were described Thursday by the Florida Department of Health as:

  • 91-year-old Marion County man who tested positive July 1, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with someone else suffering from the virus;
  • 75-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive July 18, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 90-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive July 23, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 49-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive July 24, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 78-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 16, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 69-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 17, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 82-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Aug. 20, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 78-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 21, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 77-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Aug. 22, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient;
  • 81-year-old Sumter County man who tested positive Aug. 18, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient; and
  • 76-year-old Lake County woman who tested positive July 12, hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient.

Lake County is now reporting 6,213 cases – an increase of 50 – among 2,880 men, 3,176 women, 38 non-residents and 119 people listed as unknown. There have been 99 deaths and 377 people hospitalized.

Clermont continues to pace Lake County with 1,588 cases, followed by Leesburg with 961 and Tavares with 685. Others have been identified in Eustis (518), Mount Dora (447), Groveland (441), Lady Lake (237), Mascotte (199), Minneola (176), Sorrento (148), Fruitland Park (131), Umatilla (128), Montverde (98), Grand Island (67), Astatula (47), Howey-in-the-Hills (39), Yalaha (29), The Villages (28), Paisley (26), Astor (25), Altoona (24), Okahumpka (16), Ferndale (5), Mount Plymouth (3) and Deer Island (1).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 16,228 – increase of 151
  • Men: 7,047
  • Women: 8,932
  • Non-residents 61
  • People listed as unknown: 188
  • Deaths: 312
  • Hospitalizations: 1,304

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 1,754 – increase of 12
  • Age range of victims: 1 to 99 years of age
  • Median age: 58
  • Men: 875
  • Women: 862
  • Non-residents 9
  • People listed as unknown: 8
  • Deaths: 48
  • Hospitalizations: 205
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (488), Wildwood (331), Bushnell (266) and Coleman (224).

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,261 – increase of 89
  • Age range of victims: Under 1 to 106 years of age
  • Median age: 42
  • Men: 3,292
  • Women: 4,894
  • Non-residents 14
  • People listed as unknown: 61
  • Deaths: 165
  • Hospitalizations: 722
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (6,517), Summerfield (330), Belleview (304), Dunnellon (268) and Citra (157).

All told, Florida is reporting 611,991 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3,269 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 605,342 are residents. There have been 11,011 deaths and 37,718 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 139 more deaths since Wednesday and an additional 314 people requiring hospital care.

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