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DOH-Marion provides COVID-19 update

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

April 12, 2020

 

OCALA, Fla.—Marion County is reporting 92 cases of COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. today. The most recent individuals confirmed to have the virus are:

  • 59-year-old female from Ocala
  • 28-year-old male from Ocala
  • 60-year-old female from Ocala
  • 65-year-old male from Citra
  • 40-year-old female from Ocala

Ocala leads Marion’s case count at 62 total cases reported. Summerfield has reported 14, Belleview four, Citra three, Dunnellon two, and one case each in Anthony, Ocklawaha, Reddick, Silver Springs, The Villages, Umatilla, and an individual from out of state.

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) – 16
  • 34491 (greater Summerfield area) – 13
  • 34471 Ocala – 5 to 9
  • 34472 Ocala – 5 to 9
  • 34473 Ocala (includes Marion Oaks area) – 5 to 9
  • 34480 (includes parts of Ocala, Belleview and Santos area) – 5 to 9
  • 34481 Ocala – 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

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, the first thing that you should do is stay home. While home, you should keep track of your symptoms, get rest and stay hydrated. Ask your health care provider about pain or fever medication, and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for at-home care: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/.

When tracking your symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), you should look at whether they are getting better or worse. If you think your symptoms are worse than a common cold or mild flu, call your healthcare provider or nearby emergency room. Based on what you report, you may be advised to leave your home to seek medical care.

COVID-19 and your household

If you share a home with others, it’s important that you don’t also share COVID-19. Stay away from others and isolate in a separate room. Ideally, you would also use a separate bathroom that others in your household would not use while you are sick. Everyone in your home should practice good hand and face hygiene. This means:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your inside elbow and a tissue. Throw the tissue away after it’s been used.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a facemask when taking care of someone who is sick.
  • Don’t share personal things and household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces – door knobs, counters, refrigerator handles, etc. – every day.

People outside your household

If you’ve been in close contact with people outside of your home in the last two weeks, tell them you have COVID-19. To stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, these individuals should:

  • Stay home for 14 days starting with the day they last saw you.
  • Practice social distancing. If they must leave home, they should keep at least 6 feet between themselves and others.
  • Monitor and keep track of possible COVID-19 symptoms in themselves.

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.