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Thursday, January 14, 2021

6 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports another massive spike

Six more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida reported close to 14,000 new cases of the virus on Wednesday.

Four of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and two lived in Lake County. They are among the 982 tri-county area deaths, the 23,759 in Florida and the 383,338 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,517,472 cases – an increase of 13,990 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,490,148 are residents. A total of 69,730 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,005 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 66,634 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Lake County is reporting 18,537 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 204 in a 24-hour period. There have been 338 deaths and 1,063 people have been hospitalized.

Leesburg is reporting 2,984 cases – an overnight increase of 32. Others have been identified in Clermont (4,862), Eustis (1,610), Mount Dora (1,403), Tavares (1,365), Groveland (1,232), Lady Lake (1,079), Sorrento (508), Minneola (504), Fruitland Park (495), Umatilla (409), Mascotte (391), Montverde (234), Grand Island (232), Howey-in-the-Hills (147), Astatula (136), Altoona (124), The Villages (119), Paisley (71), Astor (69), Yalaha (50), Okahumpka (33), Ferndale (8) and Mount Plymouth (8).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 45,912 – increase of 493
  • Deaths: 982
  • Hospitalizations: 2,903

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,165 – increase of 57
  • Deaths: 124
  • Hospitalizations: 412
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,753), Coleman (783), Wildwood (770), Bushnell (661) and Oxford (364).

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 21,210 – increase of 232
  • Deaths: 520
  • Hospitalizations: 1,428
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (15,637), Summerfield (1,297), Dunnellon (947), Belleview (884) and Citra (372).

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