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9 more local residents die of COVID-19 as new cases reported across tri-county area

Nine more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as new cases continue to be reported across the tri-county area.

Five of the latest fatalities lived in Marion County, three lived in Lake County and one was a Sumter County resident. The Florida Department of Health only provided information on three of the victims on Sunday, all of whom were from Marion County. They were identified as:

  • 74-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 26;
  • 61-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 27; and
  • 75-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 28.

The reason for the missing information about the local victims could be because officials with the Department of Health officials have been scrambling to clean up a problem with the agency’s website after Helix Laboratory dumped 400,000 previously reported results into the database. The issue kept the health department from releasing statistics on Saturday but didn’t hamper efforts to notify people of their test results, the department said in a news release.

Locally speaking, Lake County is now reporting 7,917 cases – an increase of 55 from Friday to Sunday – among 3,654 men, 4,105 women, 53 non-residents and 105 people listed as unknown. A total of 640 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 267 in correctional facilities. There have been 205 deaths and 660 people treated in area hospitals.

Leesburg is reporting 1,310 cases – an increase of seven in a 24-hour period. Others have been identified in Clermont (1,974), Tavares (752), Eustis (625), Mount Dora (609), Groveland (543), Lady Lake (336), Mascotte (231), Minneola (216), Sorrento (179), Fruitland Park (175), Umatilla (160), Montverde (122), Grand Island (86), Astatula (62), Howey-in-the-Hills (53), The Villages (38), Altoona (36), Astor (35), Yalaha (32), Paisley (28), Okahumpka (18), Ferndale (5) and Mount Plymouth (3).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 20,713 – increase of 137
  • Men: 9,276
  • Women: 11,230
  • Non-residents: 83
  • People listed as unknown: 124
  • Deaths: 604
  • Hospitalizations: 1,929

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 2,644 – increase of 32
  • Men: 1,493
  • Women: 1,129
  • Non-residents: 10
  • People listed as unknown: 12
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 204
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 721
  • Deaths: 77
  • Hospitalizations: 264
  • Area/cities with most cases: The Villages (670), Coleman (639), Wildwood (438), Bushnell (317, 140 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution among 103 inmates and 37 staff members) and Oxford (137). The federal prison in Coleman also is reporting 200 cases among 96 inmates and 104 staff members.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 10,152 – increase of 50
  • Men: 4,129
  • Women: 5,996
  • Non-residents: 20
  • People listed as unknown: 7
  • Cases in long-term care facilities: 1,043
  • Cases in correctional facilities: 2,230
  • Deaths: 322
  • Hospitalizations: 1,005
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (7,813), Summerfield (405), Belleview (364), Dunnellon (349) and Citra (192). A total of 1,421 cases also have been reported among inmates (1,318) and staff members (103) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

All told, Florida is reporting 734,491 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,570 from Friday to Sunday. Of those, 725,415 are residents. A total of 48,402 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 23,433 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 15,552 deaths and 45,924 people have been hospitalized.

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