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Coronavirus: Sumter County reports its second positive case

A second man has tested positive for the coronavirus in Sumter County.

The county health department announced the positive test on Thursday evening. It provided no information on his age or exactly where he lives.

The first case, which was reported on Wednesday, involves a 68-year-old man. The state reports the case is related to travel in Egypt.

Health Director Dr. Sanford Zelnick says the county still has very limited testing capacity and produces 15 to 20 specimens per day for testing. As that improves, he expects to find more infections.

Sumter County — which includes the bulk of The Villages retirement community — has perhaps the oldest population in the nation and is at particular risk from COVID-19.

Zelnick says privacy issues limit what he can say but that residents should avoid community activities if they are ill.

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