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Monday, April 19, 2021

17 more local residents die of COVID-19 as The Villages tops 4,000 cases of virus

Seventeen more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as The Villages surpassed 4,000 cumulative cases of the fast-spreading virus on Tuesday.

Sixteen of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other one lived in Sumter County. They are among the 1,546 tri-county area deaths, the 30,772 in Florida and the 501,663 across the country.

Locally, 67 new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday in and around The Villages for a total of 14,223. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 27 for a total of 4,016;
  • Leesburg up 12 for a total of 3,759;
  • Summerfield up 10 for a total of 1,716;
  • Belleview up 6 for a total of 1,155;
  • Lady Lake up 3 for a total of 1,428;
  • Fruitland Park up 3 for a total of 657;
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 3 for a total of 118;
  • Wildwood up 2 for a total of 927; and
  • Oxford up 1 for a total of 447.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 59,100 – increase of 212
  • Deaths: 1,546
  • Hospitalizations: 3,464

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,810 – increase of 36
  • Deaths: 234
  • Hospitalizations: 500
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,672), Wildwood (927), Bushnell (846), Coleman (826) and Oxford (447).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 24,110 – increase of 80
  • Deaths: 541
  • Hospitalizations: 1,254
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,305), Leesburg (3,759), Eustis (2,144), Mount Dora (1,828) and Tavares (1,772). The Villages also is reporting 166 cases.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 27,180 – increase of 96
  • Deaths: 771
  • Hospitalizations: 1,710
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (19,985), Summerfield (1,716), Dunnellon (1,233), Belleview (1,155) and Silver Springs (558). The Villages also is reporting 178 cases.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,878,533 cases – an increase of 5,610 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,844,228 are residents. A total of 80,728 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,722 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 78,212 people have been hospitalized.

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