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Friday, May 7, 2021

3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports 74 more fatalities

Florida added more than 6,300 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as 74 more people succumbed to the virus across the Sunshine State.

Three Lake County residents were among the latest fatalities. They are among the 1,832 tri-county area deaths, the 35,074 in Florida and the 566,863 across the country, according to statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.

All told, Florida is reporting 2,162,067 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 6,323 from Friday to Saturday. Of those, 2,121,387 are residents. A total of 83,924 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 31,961 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 35,074 deaths and 88,130 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 33 new COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 1 for a total of 4,568;
  • Leesburg up 15 for a total of 4,264;
  • Belleview up 7 for a total of 1,323;
  • Oxford up 3 for a total of 518;
  • Fruitland Park up 3 for a total of 803;
  • Summerfield up 3 for a total of 1,876; and
  • Lady Lake up 1 for a total of 1,654.

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


  • Cases: 67,253 – increase of 173
  • Deaths: 1,832
  • Hospitalizations: 4,118


  • Cases: 9,084 – increase of 14
  • Deaths: 269
  • Hospitalizations: 569
  • Vaccinations: 80,393 (64,998 both doses)
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (4,203), Wildwood (1,053), Bushnell (993), Coleman (851) and Oxford (518).


  • Cases: 28,213 – increase of 95
  • Deaths: 620
  • Hospitalizations: 1,478
  • Vaccinations: 151,851 (101,695 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (7,501), Leesburg (4,264), Eustis (2,464), Mount Dora (2,083) and Tavares (1,968). The Villages also is reporting 182 cases.


  • Cases: 29,956 – increase of 64
  • Deaths: 943
  • Hospitalizations: 2,071
  • Vaccinations: 122,527 (83,712 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (21,897), Summerfield (1,876), Dunnellon (1,383), Belleview (1,323) and Silver Springs (651). The Villages also is reporting 183 cases.

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