Another Villager tests positive for COVID-19 as surrounding communities add cases

Another Villager has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus as Lady Lake and Summerfield also added cases and a Marion County man succumbed to the virus.

The Villager lives in the Lake County portion of the mega-retirement community, which brings the number of cases in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown to 72. A new case also was identified in Summerfield and another in Lady Lake, bringing the totals in those surrounding communities to 27 and 16, respectively.

The seventh Marion County resident to die of COVID-19 was identified as a 59-year-old Ocala man who had underlying health conditions and had tested positive this past Wednesday. He hadn’t traveled recently nor had he been in contact with anyone else suffering from the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

On Saturday, the tri-county area was reporting 795 COVID-19 cases, an increase of eight in a 24-hour period. Those are divided among 423 men, 352 women and 20 non-residents. There have been 39 deaths and 153 people have been hospitalized.

Across the tri-county area, 33,129 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with two percent coming back positive. A total of 32,318 tests have yielded negative results, with 16 inconclusive findings and 451 people awaiting testing.

Those numbers break down by county as:

  • Sumter (4,148 tested, six percent positive, 3,890 negative, five inconclusive and 23 awaiting testing);
  • Lake (16,379 tested, two percent positive, 16,071 negative, 10 inconclusive and 10 awaiting testing); and
  • Marion (12,602 tested, two percent positive, 12,357 negative, one inconclusive and 418 awaiting testing).

Sumter County has continued to hold steady at 253 cases since May 22, when one patient was identified. Interestingly, the county that holds the majority of Villages homes has reported only four new cases since May 17, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The Sumter County cases are divided among 180 men, 72 women and one non-resident. There have been 17 deaths and 44 people have been hospitalized.

Of the Sumter County cases, 62 are in The Villages and 121 are in Bushnell, with all of those apparently being at the Sumter Correctional Institution (105 inmates and 16 staff members). Other cases have been identified in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (16), Wildwood (9), Webster (8), Lady Lake portion of the county (6), Sumterville (5) and Coleman (3). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified seven cases among three inmates and four staff members.

Lake County is reporting 298 cases, an increase of seven from Friday to Saturday. Those are divided among 137 men, 147 women and 14 non-residents. There have been 15 deaths and 75 people have required some form of hospital care.

Nine of the Lake County cases are in The Villages. Others have been identified in Clermont (93), Leesburg (46), Eustis (25), Tavares (20), Groveland (17), Mount Dora (17), Mascotte (12), Minneola (6), Fruitland Park (5), Sorrento (4), Montverde (4), Howey-in-the-Hills (3), Altoona (2), Okahumpka (1), Umatilla (1), Grand Island (1), Paisley (1) and Yalaha (1).

Marion County added just one case on Saturday, bringing the total to 244. Those are comprised of 106 men, 133 women and five non-residents. A total of 34 people have been seen in area hospitals in connection with the COVID-19 virus.

At least one Marion County case has been identified in The Villages portion of the county. Others have been reported in Ocala (172), Dunnellon (11), Citra (10), Belleview (8), Citra (8), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2) and Silver Springs (1).

All told, Florida is reporting 54,497 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 1,212 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 53,114 are residents. There have been 2,413 deaths and 9,982 people have been treated at hospitals across the Sunshine State.

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