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Sunday, January 17, 2021

7 more local COVID-19 deaths as virus continues to run rampant across Florida

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as new cases of the virus continue to be reported across Florida at an alarming rate.

Six of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other one lived in Lake County. They are among the 960 deaths across the tri-county area, the 23,261 in Florida and the 373,463 reported across the country

All told, Florida is reporting 1,477,010 cases – an increase of 12,313 Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 1,450,620 are residents. A total of 68,476 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,834 in correctional facilities. Acro

Locally, Lake County is reporting 17,973 cases – an increase of 231 in a 24-hour period. There have been 334 deaths and 1,042 people have been hospitalized.

Leesburg is now reporting 2,898 COVID-19 cases – an overnight increase of 38. Others have been identified in Clermont (4,710),Eustis (1,549), Mount Dora (1,359), Tavares (1,325), Groveland (1,200), Lady Lake (1,042), Sorrento (494), Minneola (484), Fruitland Park (484), Umatilla (394), Mascotte (380), Montverde (234), Grand Island (215), Howey-in-the-Hills (145), Astatula (134), Altoona (119), The Villages (117), Paisley (71), Astor (69), Yalaha (49), Okahumpka (32), Ferndale (8) and Mount Plymouth (7).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 44,485 – increase of 522
  • Deaths: 960
  • Hospitalizations: 2,847

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,975 – increase of 71
  • Deaths: 122
  • Hospitalizations: 398
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,645), Coleman (778), Wildwood (751), Bushnell (637) and Oxford (355).

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 20,537 – increase of 220
  • Deaths: 504
  • Hospitalizations: 1,407
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (15,183), Summerfield (1,256), Dunnellon (916), Belleview (838) and Citra (365).

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