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DOH-Marion provides COVID-19 update

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

August 10, 2021

OCALA, Fla.—According to the most recent state report, Marion County is reporting 38,511 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 5. This is an increase of 2,402 cases from the previous week. Of Marion COVID-19 cases from July 30–Aug. 5, 27% tested positive. The daily positivity rate for all new COVID-19 cases in Florida was 18.9%.

Marion’s cases and positivity rates continue to increase. From COVID-19 cases reported over the past seven days (cases reported July 30–Aug. 5), Marion saw:
  • An average of 343.1 new cases per day
  • 27.0% positivity rate.
  • A total of 4,507 people vaccinated

From cases reported July 23–29, Marion saw:
  • An average of 268.7 new cases per day
  • 24.5% positivity rate.
  • A total of 3,720 people vaccinated

From cases reported July 16–22, Marion saw:
  • An average of 150.8 new cases per day
  • 18.5% positivity rate.
  • A total of 2,025 people vaccinated

From cases reported July 9–15, Marion saw:
  • An average of 93.1 new cases per day
  • 14.7% positivity rate
  • A total of 1,384 people vaccinated

From cases reported July 2–8, Marion saw:
  • An average of 35.8 new cases per day
  • 8.6% positivity rate
  • A total of 969 people vaccinated

“We are glad to see that more and more Marion County residents are getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “There are many opportunities in Marion County to get the vaccine, which is a critical tool to prevent severe illness with COVID-19.”

In addition to getting vaccinated, Lander said it’s important to follow basic mitigation measures, including avoiding others when sick, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, avoiding large crowds where distancing may be difficult, and using masks where determined appropriate. People who are older or more medically vulnerable should consult their health care provider to see if additional precautions should be taken.

“It is extremely important that people stay home when they are sick,” said Lander. “And with students returning to school, it is critical that parents do not send sick children to school or day care.”

Vaccination opportunities are available

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County provides COVID-19 vaccinations at its main office (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala) and at sites across the community.

The department provides walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations Monday through Wednesday from 8–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m. at its main office. Appointments for the main office are available Monday through Friday. To make an appointment for vaccination or obtain more information, call 352-644-2590.

Other upcoming vaccination opportunities through the Department of Health in Marion County include:

Thursdays, from Aug. 12–26:
  • From 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Rainbow Lakes Estates Oberman building (4040 SW Deepwater Court, Dunnellon)
  • From 1:30–3:30 p.m. at Marion Oaks Community Center (280 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala)

Fridays, from Aug. 13–27:
  • From 3–6 p.m. at the McIntosh Civic Center (5835 Avenue F, McIntosh)

Find out more
Visit https://marion.floridahealth.gov, www.marionflcovid.org and www.twitter.com/flhealthmarion for the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccinations.