Elan Buena Vista resident tests positive for COVID-19 as Florida tops 60,000 cases

A resident of an assisted living facility in The Villages has become the 258th Sumter County resident to test positive for the Coronavirus.

The Villager lives at the Elan Buena Vista retirement center, located at 5867 E. County Road 466. No specific information was available about the person who also became the 78th Villager to test positive for the potentially deadly virus.

As of Thursday, the tri-county area was reporting 834 COVID-19 cases among 437 men, 376 women and 21 non-residents. There have been 39 deaths and 159 people have been hospitalized.

Sumter County’s cases are divided among 183 men, 76 women and one non-resident. They range in age from 17 to 92, with an average age of 65. There have been 17 deaths and 45 people have required some form of hospital care.

Sixty-eight of the Sumter County cases are in The Villages, with another 121 reported in Bushnell at the Sumter Correctional Institution (105 inmates and 16 staff members). Other cases have been identified in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (17), Wildwood (9), Webster (8), Lady Lake portion of the county (6), Sumterville (5) and Coleman (3). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified six cases among four staff members and two inmates.

Lake County is now reporting 313 cases among 141 men, 157 women and 15 non-residents. They range in age from 1 to 98, with average age of 52. There have been 15 deaths reported and 78 people have required some form of hospital care.

Of the Lake County cases, nine are in The Villages, 17 are in Lady Lake and six are in Fruitland Park. Others have been identified in Clermont (101), Leesburg (47), Eustis (27), Tavares (20), Groveland (17), Mount Dora (17), Mascotte (13), Minneola (6), 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 now has 261 COVID-19 cases. They are comprised of 113 men, 143 women and five non-residents. They range in age from 6 months to 97, with an average age of 48. There have been seven deaths and 36 people have been seen in area hospitals.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 186 – have been reported in Ocala, with another 29 being reported in Summerfield and at least one in The Villages portion of the county. Others have been identified in Dunnellon (11), Citra (10), Belleview (8), Ocklawaha (4), Anthony (3), Reddick (2) and Silver Springs (1).

All told, Florida is reporting 60,183 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 1,419 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 58,701 are residents. There have been 2,607 deaths and 10,652 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State.

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