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Coronavirus cases increase sharply in Lake County and The Villages

Positive tests for COVID-19 have jumped in The Villages and Lake County in the past few days.

As of this morning, The Villages has 10 cases, nine in the Sumter County part of the sprawling retirement community and one in the Lake County portion.

Overall, Lake has reported 14 people with positive tests for coronavirus, including 4 who are hospitalized. That’s an increase of 11 since Friday and five since Monday.

The Lake County cases include five in Leesburg and one in Lady Lake.

In Sumter County, 10 people — including eight in the past four days — are reported to have the virus. Four of them are hospitalized.

Marion County has four reported cases.

The sharp increase comes as the total number of Florida cases has reached 1,412, with 18 deaths due to COVID-19.

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