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Your Thursday Coronavirus Update: Sumter County records highest positivity rate in Central Florida

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Sumter County records highest positivity rate in Central Florida

Joe Byrnes, WMFE

Sumter County recorded the highest coronavirus test postivity rate in Central Florida for Wednesday’s test results.

The county — home to most of The Villages, sprawling retirement community — had an 11.3% positivity rate. For Tuesday, positive test results were 11.5%.

Last Thursday, the county’s positivity rate spiked at 21.3%.

The latest report from the Florida Department of Health shows 42 new cases in Sumter County and one death, bringing its death toll to 55.

The Villages itself, which extends into three counties, has added 35 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 553 residents with positive tests.

Statewide, the positivity rate was 6.2% on Wednesday.

Some 3,646 new cases were reported. Overall, 637,017 cases have been reported statewide.

One hundred fifty new fatalities were reported, and the death toll from COVID-19 is 11,650 Florida residents and 150 non-residents.

The US has now reported more than six million coronavirus cases and 185,782 deaths from COVID-19.

According to the Agency for Health Care Administration there are currently 3,438 hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 statewide. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been declining since July.

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