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The Villages
Thursday, June 8, 2023

UF Health The Villages Hospital averaging 64 COVID-19 patients per day

On the day when 11 more local residents succumbed to COVID-19, data showed that UF Health The Villages Hospital is averaging 64 COVID-19 patients per day at the facility.

Nine of the latest fatalities were Sumter County residents and the other two lived in Marion County. They are among the 1,148 tri-county area deaths, the 26,456 in Florida and the 432,127 across the country.

Data provided Thursday by the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project showed that in addition to the daily average of COVID-19 patients, 29 percent of the adult inpatient beds at the hospital in The Villages are occupied by COVID-19 patients. The number jumps to 42 percent of beds in the intensive care unit, the data from the University of Minnesota showed.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,687,594 cases – an increase of 11,423 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 1,656,697 are residents. A total of 75437 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 29,023 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 71,535 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, a total of 108 new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 41 for a total of 3,520;
  • Leesburg up 21 for a total of 3,365;
  • Summerfield up 14 for a total of 1,506;
  • Fruitland Park up 9 for a total of 569;
  • Lady Lake up 8 for a total of 1,242;
  • Belleview up 7 for a total of 1,025;
  • Wildwood up 6 for a total of 828;
  • Oxford up 1 for a total of 394; and
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 1 for a total of 98.

Below is a breakdown of other COVID-19 activity in the local area:


  • Cases: 52,288 – increase of 459
  • Deaths: 1,148
  • Hospitalizations: 3,131


  • Cases: 6,933 – increase of 66
  • Deaths: 186
  • Hospitalizations: 437
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,197), Wildwood (828), Coleman (814), Bushnell (762) and Oxford (394).


  • Cases: 21,343 – increase of 212
  • Deaths: 388
  • Hospitalizations: 1,134
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,630), Leesburg (3,365), Eustis (1,926), Mount Dora (1,657) and Tavares (1,551). The Villages also is reporting 147 cases.


  • Cases: 24,102 – increase of 181
  • Deaths: 574
  • Hospitalizations: 1,560
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (17,807), Summerfield (1,506), Dunnellon (1,052), Belleview (1,025) and Silver Springs (437). The Villages also is reporting 176 cases.

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They just want to break the rules

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