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DOH-Marion updates testing schedule at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

By Christy Jergens, APR, Public Information Officer

October 01, 2020


OCALA, Fla.— The Department of Health in Marion County is updating its drive-through COVID-19 testing schedule at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. During the month of October, the department will offer testing Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 27 and 28 at the site.

Testing will be held from 8 to 10 am. at the pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala) on each date. People who would like to be tested can line their vehicles up starting at 7:30 a.m. on testing days. Testing will run until 10 a.m. or until the day’s available samples are all used, whichever comes first. 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; restroom facilities will not be available. 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. School students should refrain from eating or drinking anything 15 to 30 minutes prior to their tests.

For more information, call the Marion County COVID-19 Hotline at 352-644-2590.

COVID-19 case update

Marion County is reporting 9,806 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of this afternoon. This is an increase of 32 cases from yesterday (Sept. 30). Of Marion COVID-19 tests from Sept. 30, 4.05% were positive; the county’s cumulative positive test rate is 13.22%. The daily positivity rate for all new COVID-19 tests in Florida on Sept. 30 was 4.65%; the state’s cumulative positive test rate is 13.3%.

From COVID-19 cases reported Sept. 24 to 30, Marion saw an average of:

  • 3 new cases per day
  • 3.9 COVID-19 related deaths per day
  • 4.9% daily positivity rate

From cases reported Sept. 1 to 30, Marion saw an average of:

  • 42.6 new cases per day
  • 3.7 COVID-19 related deaths per day
  • 5.4% daily positivity rate