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Department of Health in Marion County provides COVID-19 update

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

April 09, 2020

 

OCALA, Fla.—Marion County is reporting 72 cases of COVID-19 as of 11 a.m. today. The most recent individuals confirmed to have the virus are:

  • 36-year-old male from Summerfield
  • 40-year-old male from Ocala
  • 40-year-old male from Citra
  • 43-year-old female from Ocala
  • 45-year-old male from Citra
  • 83-year-old male from The Villages

Ocala leads Marion’s case count at 45 total cases reported. Summerfield has reported 14, Belleview three, Citra and Dunnellon two each, and one case each in Anthony, Lowell, Ocklawaha, Silver Springs, The Villages and an out-of-state resident. Two non-residents are included in the Marion County case count under the various cities listed. 

The majority of Marion County’s zip code regions have reported at least one positive case of COVID-19. The following Marion County zip codes are currently showing the highest number of cases:

  • 34476 Ocala (includes Shady area) – 13
  • 34491 (greater Summerfield area) – 12
  • 34473 Ocala (includes Marion Oaks area) – 5 to 9
  • 34480 (includes parts of Ocala, Belleview and Santos area) – 5 to 9
  • 34472 (includes Silver Springs Shores) – 5 to 9

For more detailed information on all Marion cases (including zip code level data), view Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

“As we see our numbers increase it’s important to remember that predictions indicate we are still several weeks away from our potential surge,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “Help us keep our peak numbers as low as possible by taking actions that prevent the spread of the virus, and remember that you are safer staying at home if you are part of the groups more vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Testing

Residents can get tested for COVID-19 at multiple places in Marion County. Places offering testing include the Department of Health, Heart of Florida Health Center, Langley Medical Center, and some urgent care facilities and primary care providers.   

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) AND meet one or more of the following categories should call the Department of Health in Marion County’s 24/7 COVID-19 hotline (352-644-2590) to schedule an appointment:

  • Over age 65
  • Over age 50 and have diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • Have a doctor’s order for testing
  • Health care worker
  • First responder
  • Recent traveler to any international locations or domestic locations (New York tri-state area, California, Louisiana, etc.) currently impacted by COVID-19

Contact your primary care provider to see about the possibility of testing at the provider’s office if you would like to be tested but don’t meet the above criteria for testing at the Department of Health. If you do not have a primary care provider or if your primary care provider is unable to test, contact the following to see if you qualify for screening:

Additional businesses that may be providing testing include (but are not limited to): Express Care of Ocala, Express Care of Belleview, Rainbow River Medical, Trinity Healthcare Medical Center, Premier Medical Associates, Lakeview Healthcare System and MedOne Urgent Care.

For more guidance

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Florida, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the state hotline (866-779-6121), local hotline (352-644-2590), or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Individuals can also follow the Department of Health in Marion County on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FLHealthMarion for the latest updates on COVID-19 in Marion.