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Sumter County reports its first case of coronavirus

Sumter County has reported its first case of COVID-19.

The travel-related case involves a man. He is a Sumter County resident. The Health Department is not disclosing his age in the initial report.

Sumter County — which includes much of The Villages retirement community — has a median age of almost 68, the oldest for any U.S. county with at least twenty-thousand people. That makes it especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.

In the Health Department update, Dr. Sanford Zelnick, the health director, notes that the county declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

He urges residents to redouble social distancing practices.

“As community recreation centers postpone events, please do not transition to driveway gatherings or pot luck events,” Zelnick said in the bulletin. “Postpone unnecessary travel.”

The health director says that some COVID-19 patients will be quarantined in their homes. He urges neighbors to leave food and supplies at their doors.

“If, as a community, we modify our daily social activities,” he writes, “the potential effects of exposure for each of you will likely be reduced or attenuated. The curve of any community spread will be flattened, which will enable our ambulances and hospitals to more effectively respond.”

In the Health Department update, Dr. Sanford Zelnick, the health director, notes that the county declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

He urges residents to redouble social distancing practices.

“As community recreation centers postpone events, please do not transition to driveway gatherings or pot luck events,” Zelnick said in the bulletin. “Postpone unnecessary travel.”

The health director says that some COVID-19 patients will be quarantined in their homes. He urges neighbors to leave food and supplies at their doors.

“If, as a community, we modify our daily social activities,” he writes, “the potential effects of exposure for each of you will likely be reduced or attenuated. The curve of any community spread will be flattened, which will enable our ambulances and hospitals to more effectively respond.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Florida has reported 314 coronavirus cases and seven deaths.

 

 
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