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Thursday, July 29, 2021

15 more local COVID-19 deaths as deadly virus smacks Villages Charter School again

Fifteen more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as the potentially deadly virus continued to slam The Villages Charter School on Friday.

Ten of the latest fatalities were residents of Lake County, while three lived in Sumter County and the other two resided in Marion County. They are among the 1,574 tri-county area deaths, the 31,162 in Florida and the 509,710 across the country.

Two more Villages Charter School students have tested positive for COVID-19, with one of them being a part of the E-Learning program. That brings the total number of cases among charter school students to 74 since classes started in August 2020. That number represents 44.3 percent of the 167 cases reported in all Sumter County public schools.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,898,223 cases – an increase of 5,922 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 1,863,453 are residents. A total of 81,031 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 30,847 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 31,162 deaths and 79,021 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 59 new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 11 for a total of 4,118;
  • Leesburg up 14 for a total of 3,793;
  • Lady Lake up 10 for a total of 1,457;
  • Belleview up 7 for a total of 1,178;
  • Fruitland Park up 6 for a total of 668;
  • Summerfield up 6 for a total of 1,728;
  • Wildwood up 2 for a total of 932;
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 2 for a total of 125; and
  • Oxford up 1 for a total of 453.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 59,895 – increase of 225
  • Deaths: 1,574
  • Hospitalizations: 3,517

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 7,965 – increase of 19
  • Deaths: 238
  • Hospitalizations: 508
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,774), Wildwood (932), Bushnell (849), Coleman (827) and Oxford (453).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 24,445 – increase of 103
  • Deaths: 554
  • Hospitalizations: 1,283
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,399), Leesburg (3,793), Eustis (2,168), Mount Dora (1,852) and Tavares (1,784). The Villages also is reporting 165 cases.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 27,485 – increase of 103
  • Deaths: 782
  • Hospitalizations: 1,726
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (20,198), Summerfield (1,728), Dunnellon (1,245), Belleview (1,178) and Silver Springs (570). The Villages also is reporting 179 cases.

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We are inconveniencing the responsible people for the convenience of the irresponsible people

A Village of St. Charles resident wonders why we are inconveniencing the responsible people for the convenience of the irresponsible people when it comes to COVID-19. Read his Letter to the Editor.

They could have left the Hacienda Hills pool for us

A Village of De La Vista North resident, in a Letter to the Editor, wonders why the Developer couldn’t have left the Hacienda Hills swimming pool for residents to enjoy, since there is no action on the planned apartment complex.

We are required to wear seatbelts but not masks

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Duval resident wonders why we are required to wear seatbelts, but not masks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis responsible for surging number of COVID-19 cases

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Springdale resident blames Gov. Ron DeSantis for the surge of COVID-19 cases in Florida.

They destroyed Spanish Springs so we moved

A Villager who enjoyed Katie Belle’s and other features at Spanish Springs has had enough. Read his Letter to the Editor.

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