43 Villagers test positive for COVID-19 with vast majority in Sumter County

Forty-three Villagers have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, with the overwhelming majority of them – 38 – living in Sumter County.

The tri-county area is reporting 142 Coronavirus patients – 45 of whom said they hadn’t been in contact with anyone else suffering from the virus. So far, 2,609 people have been tested locally, with 2,463 negative results. Four tests were inconclusive and 160 people are awaiting testing.

Thirty-nine percent of those patients – 56 – reported traveling recently either domestically or abroad, while it’s unknown if another 40 have a travel history. Those who are known to have traveled visited a variety of foreign destinations including Africa, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Caribbean, Egypt, Europe, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, 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.

Sumter County is reporting 51 COVID-19 patients, all of whom are residents. That includes 25 men, 25 women and a 44-year-old who is listed as unknown. The ages of the patients range from 18 to 92 and 15 of them remain hospitalized. Besides The Villages, they live in Lake Panasoffkee (8), Bushnell (3), Wildwood (1) and Webster (1).

There are 66 Coronavirus patients in Lake County, 59 of whom are residents. The 34 women and 32 men range in age from 18 to 85 and 13 are still being treated in local hospitals. Besides The Villages and a woman in her 60s who lives in the Lady Lake Mobile Home Park and was the first area resident to test positive for COVID-19, the patients reside in Clermont (17), Leesburg (12), Tavares (6), Mascotte (4), Groveland (4), Eustis (3), Minneola (2), Sorrento (2), Mount Dora (1) and Okahumpka (1).

Marion County is reporting 25 patients, 24 of whom are residents. There are 15 women and 10 men and they range in age from 19 to 88. Two remain hospitalized. Three are residents of Summerfield but it isn’t clear if they live in The Villages or the surrounding retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South. Others live in Ocala (17), Belleview (2), Ocklawaha (1) and Dunnellon (1).

All told 6,741 people have tested positive across the Sunshine State, with 6,490 of those being Floridians. There have been 85 deaths and 857 patients remain hospitalized.
As of Tuesday night, 63,400 people had been tested in Florida, with 56,644 negative results. There were 15 inconclusive tests and 1,261 people waiting to be tested.

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