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Thursday, January 14, 2021

13 more residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area surpasses 800 deaths

Thirteen more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the tri-county area topped 800 deaths since the deadly virus first hit Florida in March.

Six of the latest fatalities were in Marion County, four were in Sumter County and three were residents of Lake County. They were among the 808 deaths that been reported in the local area.

Lake County is reporting 12,435 cases – an increase of 144 in a 24-hour period. There have been 274 deaths and 911 people hospitalized.

Leesburg is reporting 1,978 cases – an increase of 17 overnight. Others have been identified in Clermont (3,314), Eustis (1,021), Tavares (1,001), Mount Dora (969), Groveland (866), Lady Lake (632), Minneola (335), Sorrento (331), Fruitland Park (303), Mascotte (288), Umatilla (273), Montverde (172), Grand Island (132), Howey-in-the-Hills (95), Astatula (90), The Villages (76), Altoona (61), Astor (57), Paisley (53), Yalaha (36), Okahumpka (21), Ferndale (8) and Mount Plymouth (6).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 31,410 – increase of 255
  • Deaths: 808
  • Hospitalizations: 2,481

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 4,037 – increase of 22
  • Deaths: 106
  • Hospitalizations: 352
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (1,488), Coleman (728), Wildwood (574), Bushnell (476) and Oxford (205).

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 14,938 – increase of 89
  • Deaths: 428
  • Hospitalizations: 1,218
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (11,435), Summerfield (749), Dunnellon (610), Belleview (580) and Citra (262).

All told, Florida is reporting 1,134,383 cases – an increase of 8,452 from Sunday to Monday. Of those, 1,115,446 are residents. A total of 59,554 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 26,108 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 20,271 deaths and 58,269 people have been hospitalized.

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