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6 more local COVID-19-related deaths as virus continues to slam Florida

Six more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as Florida reported 95 more fatalities and more than 5,000 new cases of the fast-spreading virus.

All six of the latest local fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 1,508 tri-county area deaths, the 30,339 in Florida and the 498,514 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,868,772 cases – an increase of 5,065 from Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 1,834,708 are residents. A total of 80,470 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,684 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 30,434 deaths and 77,758 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Lake County is reporting 23,978 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 75 in a 24-hour period. There have been 541 deaths and 1,250 people have been hospitalized.

Leesburg is now reporting 3,741 cases – an overnight increase of five. Others have been identified in Clermont (6,273), Eustis (2,131), Mount Dora (1,823), Tavares (1,766), Groveland (1,603), Lady Lake (1,423), Minneola (692), Sorrento (690), Fruitland Park (652), Umatilla (613), Mascotte (473), Grand Island (303), Montverde (299), Astatula (178), Altoona (177), Howey-in-the-Hills (176), The Villages (162), Paisley (113), Astor (93), Yalaha (66), Okahumpka (48), Mount Plymouth (11) and Ferndale (8).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 58,779 – increase of 196
  • Deaths: 1,508
  • Hospitalizations: 3,433

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,768 – increase of 21
  • Deaths: 226
  • Hospitalizations: 499
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,645), Wildwood (925), Bushnell (845), Coleman (825) and Oxford (446).

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 27,033 – increase of 100
  • Deaths: 741
  • Hospitalizations: 1,684
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (19,894), Summerfield (1,701), Dunnellon (1,230), Belleview (1,143) and Silver Springs (549).

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