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Marion County COVID-19 positivity rate dips below 4%

November 08, 2021

 

OCALA, Fla.—Marion County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dipped below 4%, according to the most recent state report. That is the lowest level in more than four months.

Marion County reported 56,915 cumulative cases as of Nov. 4, with an increase of 151 new cases from the previous week. Of Marion County COVID-19 cases between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4, 3.3% tested positive. That was down from 4.4% last week. The daily positivity rate for all new COVID-19 cases throughout Florida was 2.6%.

The last time the state reported a positivity rate this low for Marion County was on June 25, 2021, when it was 3.4%. Marion County has now reported three consecutive weeks below 5%.

“This new report provides our community an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief. But we still have to keep our guard up, because we don’t want to go backward,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “We encourage the community to maintain the good practices to protect themselves that have helped us reach this point. That includes recommending that those who are not vaccinated to consider a vaccine, and those who are already fully vaccinated to consult with their health care provider about receiving a booster.”

Marion County reported a positivity rate per 100,000 residents of 40.5 in the new state report. That also was the lowest level since June 25, when the rate was 29.5 per 100,000.

The state’s latest report indicates 712 people in Marion County received vaccines between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4. That was a decrease of 96 vaccines from the previous week. The new report indicates 64% of Marion County residents 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, up from 63% during the previous week.

Marion’s number of new cases also continued to decline.

From COVID-19 cases reported Oct. 29-Nov. 4, Marion saw:

  • An average of 21.6 new cases per day
  • 3.3% positivity rate
  • A total of 712 people vaccinated

From COVID-19 cases reported Oct. 22-28, Marion saw:

  • An average of 33 new cases per day
  • 4.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 808 people vaccinated

From COVID-19 cases reported Oct. 15-21, Marion saw:

  • An average of 36 new cases per day
  • 4.9% positivity rate
  • A total of 674 people vaccinated

From COVID-19 cases reported Oct. 8-14, Marion saw:

  • An average of 43.1 new cases per day
  • 5.6% positivity rate.
  • A total of 736 people vaccinated

From COVID-19 cases reported Oct. 1-7, Marion saw:

  • An average of 61 new cases per day
  • 6.9% positivity rate
  • A total of 928 people vaccinated

Vaccination information

The Department of Health in Marion County provides COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at its main office, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. The department will be closed on Thursday for Veterans Day. To make a vaccination appointment go to tinyurl.com/MakeMarionFLVaxAppt. Walk-ins are also available. Call 352-644-2590 for information.

Additionally, vaccines are available in Marion County at many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, clinics and health centers. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator to learn more about vaccine locations.

COVID-19 testing continues

COVID-19 testing remains available at the First Baptist Church of Ocala.

CovidTestFL.Org, a COVID-19 mobile clinical testing service, offers free drive-through testing at the church, 2801 SE Maricamp Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call CovidTestFL.Org at 866-826-8430 for additional details.

CovidTestFL.Org offers a diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test that provides results within three days via a text message or an email containing a link to results on a web portal. Expedited test results are available for an additional fee.

People who seek to be tested must enter the church parking lot entrance on SE 30th Ave. To be tested, individuals should bring a valid photo ID; minors under age 18 will only be tested if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

People should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting testing. Only people who are being tested should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians, or caregivers. No pets are permitted in the vehicle during tests.

Additionally, testing can be done at private labs, physicians’ offices, pharmacies and walk-in clinics throughout Marion County.

For more information, call the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2590.

Find out more

Visit marion.floridahealth.gov, marionflcovid.org and twitter.com/flhealthmarion for the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccinations. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov and use the Vaccine Locator and Testing Sites tools to find vaccination and testing sites near you