Lake County woman dies of COVID-19 as virus sweeps through The Villages area

On the day when COVID-19 cases soared past 100,000 in Florida, a 98-year-old Lake County woman succumbed to the virus and new cases were reported in The Villages, surrounding communities, a local assisted living facility and at a nearby state prison.

The Lake County woman hadn’t traveled recently but had been in contact with another patient suffering from COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health didn’t reveal what city she lived in but did verify that she tested positive on May 21.

A staff member at The Willows of Wildwood, an assisted living facility in Oxford, has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Two new cases were reported Monday in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown – one each in Sumter and Lake counties. Seven more patients also were identified just outside the confines of the mega-retirement community – four in Summerfield (43 total), one in Lady Lake (24 total), one in Fruitland Park (eight total) and a staff member at The Willows at Wildwood, located at 4725 Bellwether Ln. in Oxford.

A 17th employee at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell also has tested positive for the potentially deadly virus. That brings the total number of cases at the state prison to 120, with the other 103 being inmates. Overall, Bushnell is reporting 123 cases.

A total of 92 COVID-19 cases have been reported in The Villages. Those are comprised of 79 in the Sumter County, 11 in Lake County and two in the Marion County portion of the community. At least two deaths – Carol Lynch and Debbie Buter – also have been reported in the sprawling retirement community.

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 1,461 COVID-19 cases among 782 men, 655 women, 23 non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 47 deaths and 194 people have been hospitalized.

Lake County continues to lead the way with 763 cases – an increase of 30 from Sunday to Monday – among 406 men, 341 women and 16 non-resident. There have been 20 deaths and 95 people have been seen in area hospitals.

A 17th employee at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell has tested positive for the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus. That brings the total number of cases at the state prison to 120, with the other 103 being inmates.

Clermont continues to pace Lake County with 162 cases – an increase of 36 in 24 hours. Others have been identified in Tavares (151, with at least 100 at the Lake County Jail), Leesburg (97), Eustis (83), Mount Dora (43), Groveland (30), Sorrento (18), Minneola (16), Umatilla (15), Mascotte (14), Montverde (8), Howey-in-the-Hills (5), Altoona (3), Okahumpka (3), Yalaha (2), Paisley (2), Grand Island (2), Astor (2) and Astatula (1).

Marion County now has 412 cases – an increase of 17 in a 24-hour period – among 179 men, 228 women and five non-residents. There have been 10 deaths and 53 people have been hospitalized.

The overwhelming majority of Marion County cases – 266 – have been reported in Ocala. Others have been identified in Belleview (23), Dunnellon (20), Citra (12), Ocklawaha (7), Silver Springs (7), Anthony (4), Reddick (3), The Villages (2), Weirsdale (2) and Fort McCoy (1).

Sumter County increased by two cases Monday for a total of 286. Those are comprised of 197 men, 86 women, two non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 17 deaths and 46 people have required some form of hospital care.

In addition to the cases in The Villages and Bushnell, others have been reported in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (20), Webster (12), Wildwood (11), Lady Lake portion of the county (7), Sumterville (5), Coleman (4) and Center Hill (1). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified five cases among four staff members and one inmate.

The latest tri-county patients identified with the Coronavirus include:

  • 22-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 23-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 23-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 23-year-old listed as uknown (Sumter County);
  • 24-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 24-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 26-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 28-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 30-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 34-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 36-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 36-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 37-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 44-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 47-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 48-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 48-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 50-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 57-year-old man (Lake County);
  • 61-year-old man (Marion County);
  • 62-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 62-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 64-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 66-year-old man (Lake County);
  • 69-year-old woman (Lake County);
  • 72-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 75-year-old woman (Marion County);
  • 76-year-old man (Marion County); and
  • 77-year-old man (Sumter County).

All told, Florida is reporting 100,217 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 2,926 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 98,047 are residents. There have been 3,173 deaths and 13,119 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 12 more deaths since Sunday and an additional 82 people being treated in hospitals.

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