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Saturday, May 8, 2021

3 more local COVID-19 fatalities as death toll among Floridians tops 35,000

Three more area residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as the death toll among Floridians passed 35,000 on Wednesday.

All three of the local fatalities were in Lake County. They are among the 1,846 tri-county area deaths and the 574,018 fatalities across the country.

The death toll for Sunshine State residents now stands at 35,030. An additional 692 non-resident deaths also have been reported for a total of 35,722. That total shows an increase in fatalities of 76 from Tuesday to Wednesday.

All told, Florida is reporting 2,222,546 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 5,178 from Tuesday to Wednesday. Of those, 2,180,924 are residents. A total of 84,554 COVID-19 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 32,347 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 90,059 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, 35 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in and around The Villages. Those include:

  • The Villages (Sumter, Lake and Marion counties) up 5 for a total of 4,607;
  • Leesburg up 13 for a total of 4,370;
  • Wildwood up 4 for a total of 1,079;
  • Lady Lake up 4 for a total of 1,697;
  • Fruitland Park up 3 for a total of 830;
  • Summerfield up 3 for a total of 1,903;
  • Belleview up 2 for a total of 1,357; and
  • Oxford up 1 for a total of 535.

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


  • Cases: 68,989 – increase of 204
  • Deaths: 1,846
  • Hospitalizations: 4,211


  • Cases: 9,234 – increase of 14
  • Deaths: 275
  • Hospitalizations: 574
  • Vaccinations: 83,107 (69,662 both doses)
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (4,240), Wildwood (1,079), Bushnell (1,017), Coleman (852) and Oxford (535).


  • Cases: 29,140 – increase of 113
  • Deaths: 624
  • Hospitalizations: 1,511
  • Vaccinations: 161,596 (121,334 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (7,801), Leesburg (4,370), Eustis (2,547), Mount Dora (2,137) and Tavares (2,017). The Villages also is reporting 184 cases.


  • Cases: 30,615 – increase of 77
  • Deaths: 947
  • Hospitalizations: 2,126
  • Vaccinations: 131,004 (96,630 both doses)
  • Cities with most cases: Ocala (22,374), Summerfield (1,903), Dunnellon (1,414), Belleview (1,357) and Silver Springs (672). The Villages also is reporting 183 cases.

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