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Monday, April 19, 2021

13 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida sees jump in new cases

Thirteen more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida saw an increase of more than 6,000 new cases of the fast-spreading virus Wednesday.

Nine of the latest fatalities are residents of Marion County, three lived in Sumter County and the other one resided in Lake County. They are among the 1,623 tri-county area deaths, the 31,829 in Florida and the 518,458 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,924,114 cases – an increase of 6,014 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 1,888,725 are residents. A total of 81,379 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 31,044 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 31,829 deaths and 80,024 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 41 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 10 for a total of 4,196;
  • Leesburg up 12 for a total of 3,843;
  • Lady Lake up 6 for a total of 1,483;
  • Wildwood up 4 for a total of 949;
  • Belleview up 3 for a total of 1,197;
  • Oxford up 2 for a total of 460;
  • Fruitland Park up 2 for a total of 676; and
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 2 for a total of 127.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 60,755 – increase of 190
  • Deaths: 1,623
  • Hospitalizations: 3,571

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,095 – increase of 24
  • Deaths: 241
  • Hospitalizations: 510
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,846), Wildwood (949), Bushnell (854), Coleman (829) and Oxford (460).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 24,841 – increase of 97
  • Deaths: 567
  • Hospitalizations: 1,297
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,504), Leesburg (3,843), Eustis (2,202), Mount Dora (1,876) and Tavares (1,808). The Villages also is reporting 169 cases.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 27,819 – increase of 69
  • Deaths: 815
  • Hospitalizations: 1,764
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (20,438), Summerfield (1,742), Dunnellon (1,259), Belleview (1,197) and Silver Springs (580). The Villages also is reporting 181 cases.

Villager’s son with history of arrests nabbed with drugs in traffic stop

A Villager’s son with a history of arrests was nabbed with drugs in a traffic stop after leaving the Tikki Hut on County Road 466 in Oxford.

Police arrest woman with drugs at barbecue restaurant in The Villages

A woman with drugs was arrested at a barbecue restaurant in The Villages.

Woman arrested after traffic stop at CVS pharmacy in downtown Wildwood

A woman was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday morning at a CVS pharmacy on Main Street in Wildwood.

Villager’s son with history of arrests nabbed with drugs in traffic stop

A Villager’s son with a history of arrests was nabbed with drugs in a traffic stop after leaving the Tikki Hut on County Road 466 in Oxford.

Police arrest woman with drugs at barbecue restaurant in The Villages

A woman with drugs was arrested at a barbecue restaurant in The Villages.

Woman arrested after traffic stop at CVS pharmacy in downtown Wildwood

A woman was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday morning at a CVS pharmacy on Main Street in Wildwood.

Friends of SoZo Kids launches Undies & Sneakers Drive for children in forest

Friends of SoZo Kids Inc. in The Villages is launching its annual Undies & Sneakers Drive.

John Bartram Chapter of NSDAR learns about preservation of waterways

At a recent meeting of the John Bartram Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Cheryl Harrelson spoke on environmental conservation and practices to reduce/reverse damage to our waterways. 

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Get the facts right on server shortages at restaurants

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Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.