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Seven more Villagers test positive for COVID-19 as Florida tops 114,000 cases

Seven more Villagers have tested positive for COVID-19 as the potentially deadly virus continues to make a resurgence in the tri-county area and across Florida.

The new patients are all in the Sumter County portion of the mega-retirement community. While specific information about them wasn’t provided Thursday by the Florida Department of Health, some of the latest Sumter County cases have been identified as:

  • 77-Year-old male;
  • 54-year-old female;
  • 80-year-old male;
  • 71-year-old female;
  • 75-year-old female; and
  • 79-year-old male.

The Villages is now reporting 104 COVID-19 cases. The overwhelming majority of them – 92 – are in Sumter County, while 10 are Lake County and two have been reported in the Marion County portion of the sprawling retirement mecca.

Eighteen new Coronavirus cases also have been reported just outside the confines of The Villages. Those include an additional 13 in Leesburg, two in Belleview and one each in Summerfield, Lady Lake and Fruitland Park. That brings the total number of cases in those communities to:

  • Leesburg 122;
  • Belleview 28;
  • Summerfield 50;
  • Lady Lake, 27; and
  • Fruitland Park 10.

Overall, the tri-county area is reporting 1,682 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 78 from Wednesday to Thursday – among 881 men, 776 women, 24 non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 48 deaths and 215 people have been hospitalized.
Sumter County added nine new cases for a total of 308. Those are comprised of 211 men, 95 women and two non-residents. There have been 17 deaths and 48 people have required some form of hospital care.

Bushnell continues to lead the way in Sumter County with 124 cases – 120 of which are at the Sumter Correctional Institution. Other cases have been identified in Lake Panasoffkee (22), Oxford (21), Webster (12), Wildwood (11), Lady Lake portion of the county (7), Coleman (7), Sumterville (5) and Center Hill (3). The federal prison in Coleman also has identified seven cases among six staff members and one inmate.

Lake County continues to pace the tri-county area with 881 cases – an increase of 43 – among 458 men, 405 women, 17 non-residents and one person listed as unknown. There have been 21 deaths and 106 people have been hospitalized.

Clermont continues to lead Lake County in COVID-19 cases with 223. Others have been reported in Tavares (166, 119 of which are at the Lake County Jail), Eustis (92), Mount Dora (48), Groveland (40), Sorrento (21), Minneola (18), Umatilla (16), Mascotte (15), Montverde (11), Howey-in-the-Hills (7), Okahumpka (3), Astor (3), Altoona (2), Yalaha (2), Paisley (2), Grand Island (2) and Astatula (2).

Marion County is now reporting 493 cases – an increase of 26 in a 24-hour period – among 212 men, 276 women and five non-residents. There have been 10 deaths and 61 people have been seen in area hospitals.

The overwhelming majority of cases in Marion County – 324 – have been reported in Ocala, which added 18 in 24 hours. Other cases have been identified in Dunnellon (21), Citra (13), Ocklawaha (8), Silver Springs (7), Anthony (5), Reddick (5), Weirsdale (4) and Fort McCoy (2).

All told, Florida is reporting 114,018 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,004 in a 24-hour period. Of those, 111,724 are residents. There have been 3,327 deaths and 13,775 people have been hospitalized across the Sunshine State. Those numbers show 46 more deaths since Wednesday and an additional 201 people being treated in hospitals.

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