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8 more local COVID-19 deaths as cases rise and vaccinations among Floridians near 2.5 million

On the day when the number of new COVID-19 cases continued to climb and Florida neared 2.5 million vaccinations among Sunshine State residents, eight more local deaths were connected to the fast-spreading virus.

All eight of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County. They are among the 1,449 deaths in the tri-county area, the 29,824 in Florida and the 489,933 across the country.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported that 2,487,055 Floridians had received COVID-19 vaccines. Of those, 1,305,889 have received the first dose and 1,181,166 have received the second shot.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,844,627 cases – an increase of 7,342 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,811,078 are residents. A total of 79,991 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,569 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 29,824 deaths and 76,825 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 50 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 21 for a total of 3,925;
  • Leesburg up 10 for a total of 3,701;
  • Summerfield up 7 for a total of 1,677;
  • Lady Lake up 4 for a total of 1,404;
  • Wildwood up 3 for a total of 918;
  • Fruitland Park up 2 for a total of 644;
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 2 for a total of 111; and
  • Belleview up 1 for a total of 1,129.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 57,939 – increase of 172
  • Deaths: 1,449
  • Hospitalizations: 3,368

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,668 – increase of 34
  • Deaths: 224
  • Hospitalizations: 485
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,587), Wildwood (918), Bushnell (838), Coleman (822) and Oxford (438).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 23,655 – increase of 68
  • Deaths: 525
  • Hospitalizations: 1,236
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,194), Leesburg (3,701), Eustis (2,102), Mount Dora (1,808) and Tavares (1,740). The Villages also is reporting 162 cases.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 26,616 – increase of 70
  • Deaths: 700
  • Hospitalizations: 1,647
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (19,604), Summerfield (1,677), Dunnellon (1,205), Belleview (1,129) and Silver Springs (533). The Villages also is reporting 176 cases.

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