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Villagers comprise 34 percent of all COVID-19 patients in tri-county area

As of Monday night, 41 Villagers have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, which equates to 34 percent of all patients in the tri-county area.

An overwhelming majority of them – 38 – live in Sumter County, where the mega-retirement community is continuing to grow at a fast clip. The numbers released by the state on a daily basis don’t break out specifically where patients live in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, but its residents are among the group considered most vulnerable to the virus.

All told, the tri-county area is reporting 120 cases of the Coronavirus.
Fifty-four of them, or 45 percent, reported traveling recently, while it’s unknown if another 32 have a travel history. Those who are known to have traveled visited a variety of foreign destinations including Africa, Belize, Brazil, Caribbean, Egypt, Europe, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom.

They also reported visiting 15 states and many other destinations in Florida. Those other states include California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Overall, Sumter County is reporting 47 cases of the Coronavirus. Those patients – 22 men and 22 women – range in age from 18 to 92. All are residents of the county and 13 remain hospitalized. Besides The Villages, they live in Lake Panasoffkee (4), Bushnell (2), Sumterville (1), Wildwood (1) and Webster (1).

Lake County is reporting 50 cases of the virus, with four of those being non-residents. Twenty-six are men, 24 are women and 10 remain hospitalized. They range in age from 18 to 85. Three live in The Villages, while others reside in Leesburg (11), Clermont (13), Tavares (5), Groveland (4), Eustis (3), Mascotte (2), Sorrento (2), Mount Dora (1) and Okahumpka (1).

Marion County now has 23 COVID-19 patients – 15 women and eight men. They range in age from 19 to 88 and two remain hospitalized. Three live in Summerfield, while some of the others reside in Ocala (15), Belleview (2), Ocklawaha (1) and Dunnellon (1),

So far, 2,382 tri-county residents have been tested for the virus. Of those, 2,258 came back negative, four were inconclusive and 164 people are awaiting testing.

Those numbers break down as:

  • Lake County: 1,078 tests conducted, 1,025 negative results, three inconclusive results and five people awaiting testing;
  • Sumter County: 761 tests conducted, 713 negative results, one inconclusive result and two people awaiting testing;
  • Marion County: 543 tests conducted, 520 negative results and 157 people awaiting testing.

Across Florida, 5,704 people have tested positive – 5,489 of whom are residents. A total of 55,516 tests have been conducted, with about 90 percent coming back negative and another 1,186 people awaiting tests. There have been 71 deaths and 715 patients remain hospitalized.

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