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Thursday, April 22, 2021

6 more local COVID-19 deaths as DeSantis vows vaccines for all before May 1

Six more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated Tuesday that all Floridians would soon be able to get vaccinations against the deadly disease.

All six of the latest fatalities lived in Marion County. They are among the 1,746 deaths across the tri-county area, the 33,449 in Florida and the 543,477 across the country, according to statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.

DeSantis, speaking Tuesday at a vaccination clinic in Pensacola that will be distributing 2,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, vowed that all Floridians will be able to get doses “way before May 1” – a mandate put in place for states, tribes and territories recently by President Joe Biden.

DeSantis also announced that more than 3 million seniors across the Sunshine State have received Coronavirus vaccines, with about 70 percent of those 65 and older receiving doses. The governor lowered the eligibility age for vaccinations to 50 last week after citing a lower demand for the doses since January.

All told, Florida is reporting 2,016,513 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,302 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,979,240 are residents. A total of 82,597 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 31,437 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 33,449 deaths and 83,804 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 38 new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 17 for a total of 4,414;
  • Wildwood up 6 for a total of 994;
  • Leesburg up 5 for a total of 3,982;
  • Lady Lake up 3 for a total of 1,581;
  • Belleview up 2 for a total of 1,245;
  • Oxford up 1 for a total of 488;
  • Fruitland Park up 1 for a total of 728;
  • Summerfield up 1 for a total of 1,790; and
  • Lady Lake portion of Sumter County up 2 for a total of 134.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 63,331 – increase of 158
  • Deaths: 1,746
  • Hospitalizations: 3,843

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 8,562 – increase of 44
  • Deaths: 243
  • Hospitalizations: 541
  • Vaccinations: 53,783 (34,456 both doses)
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (4,057), Wildwood (994), Bushnell (909), Coleman (839) and Oxford (488).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 26,092 – increase of 83
  • Deaths: 592
  • Hospitalizations: 1,384
  • Vaccinations: 104,509 (60,368 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (6,848), Leesburg (3,982), Eustis (2,292), Mount Dora (1,951) and Tavares (1,869). The Villages also is reporting 176 cases.

MARION COUNTY

  • Cases: 28,677 – increase of 31
  • Deaths: 911
  • Hospitalizations: 1,918
  • Vaccinations: 84,826 (49,214 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (21,026), Summerfield (1,790), Dunnellon (1,306), Belleview (1,245) and Silver Springs (610). The Villages also is reporting 181 cases.

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