Marion County Senior Services receives $25,000 grant to support COVID-19 measures for elderly clients

OCALA, Fla. (March 30, 2020) – Community partnerships are the backbone of helping those in need at any given time.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, they’re even more critical.

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Marion County nonprofits facing needs

Ocala, FL (March 26, 2020) — The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County this week began collecting information from local nonprofits facing immediate needs due to increased demand for services and resources, and some of their needs are dire.

“We have child care centers caring for the children of healthcare workers who can’t get milk,” said Roseann Fricks of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County.

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CCSO opens telephone information lines

In an effort to keep Citrus County residents informed on the impacts of COVID-19 in the Citrus County community, the Citrus  County Sheriff’s Office has activated its “Citizen Information Lines (CIL)” in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County.

This line is designed to answer your questions and concerns specific to Citrus County.

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Region posts strong jobs gains before impact of COVID-19 hits

OCALA, Fla. (March 27, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percentage point over the month and 0.5 percentage point lower than the region’s rate a year ago.

The labor force was 203,400, up 2,417 over the year. There were 195,387 employed, an increase of 3,153 compared to February 2019, and 8,013 unemployed, a drop of 736, when the region’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent. Compared to January’s numbers, there were 1,192 more jobs and 283 fewer jobless.

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First death recorded in Citrus County COVID10 battle

An 80-year-old Citrus County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away today.

This is the first COVID-19 death in Citrus County.

We are expressing our condolences to the person’s family and will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Argument leads to shooting in Beverly HIlls

Shortly before 8 a.m. today, Deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Beverly Hills neighborhood in response to shots fired.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with witnesses and the 62-year-old shooter.

The witnesses said that the shooter was engaged in an argument with the victim, a 32-year-old resident of the neighborhood. As the incident escalated the shooter fired a weapon at the victim, hitting him in the chest.

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