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Sunday, April 18, 2021

New COVID-19 cases slow dramatically in tri-county area as state tops 38,000

The number of new COVID-19 patients in the tri-county area slowed to a crawl Wednesday as Florida topped 38,000 cases of the potentially deadly virus.

The Florida Health Department was reporting 666 cases of the Coronavirus in the tri-county area, up just two from Tuesday’s report. There have been 33 deaths and 133 people have sought some form of hospital care.

Sumter County’s total COVID-19 cases was adjusted Wednesday from 236 to 234. Of those, 167 are men, 63 are women and four are non-residents. There have been 14 deaths and 41 people have been hospitalized.

Sixty-nine of the cases in Sumter County are in The Villages, with another 107 being reported at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell. Of those, 94 are inmates and 13 are staff members. A total of 913 inmates also are under medical quarantine, with another two in medical isolation.

Lake County is reporting 236 cases, up just one in a 24-hour period. They are comprised of 111 men, 113 women and 12 non-residents. There have been 14 deaths and 63 people have been treated in area hospitals.

The majority of the Lake County cases – 81 – have been reported in Clermont. Another 37 are in Leesburg, 10 are in Lady Lake and seven are in The Villages.

Marion County now has 196 Coronavirus cases, up three from Tuesday. Of those, 85 are men, 106 are women and five are non-residents. There have been five deaths and 29 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead the way in Marion County with 138 cases, while 24 are in Summerfield, five are in Belleview and one has been reported in The Villages.

It’s unclear if any of the Summerfield cases are in the retirement communities of Del Webb Spruce Creek, Stonecrest or Spruce Creek South, as those specific locations aren’t provided by the Florida Department of Health.

All told, Florida is reporting 38,002 COVID-19 cases, with 37,020 of those being among residents. There have been 1,539 deaths and 6,557 people have required care at hospitals across the Sunshine State.

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Restaurants in The Villages desperate due to staffing shortages

Restaurants in The Villages and across Florida are trimming their hours and offering drive-through only as they face an historic labor shortage.

Villagers’ daughter to appear on Food Network with Martha Stewart

A mother and father in The Villages are filled with pride as their daughter has been selected to appear with Martha Stewart on a Food Network cooking competition show. Villages-News.com's David Towns has the story.

Trendy coffee shop coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages

Foxtail Coffee Co. has reportedly signed a lease for a location at Magnolia Plaza at The Villages.

Ohio teen apprehended after chase on I-75 through Sumter and Marion counties

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3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports 74 more fatalities

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Lake Deaton debacle

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