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As more children are home, parents and caretakers urged to be vigilant to help prevent drownings

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OCALA, Fla.—As Marion County re-opens from COVID-19 restrictions, many families are still home balancing work or online classes while caring for children. Busy households bring many distractions, and child injuries can happen in just seconds when distracted parents or adults lose track of their child, particularly if there is a pool or other body of water nearby. 

“Drowning is the leading cause of death in Florida for children ages 1 to 5,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “The large number of backyard pools in Florida, combined with lakes, springs and the ocean, means that there are ample opportunities for children to fall victim to drowning.”

The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. Wash your hands with soap & water. Cover your coughs & sneezes with your arm, not your hands. If you're sick, stay at home & avoid crowds.


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