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Marion County sees increase in COVID-19 cases

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

June 03, 2022

 

Ocala, Fla. — Marion County’s number of newly reported COVID-19 cases increased from the previous reporting period.

The state’s most recent COVID-19 summary, released Friday, showed the following key points for Marion County from the week of May 27 to June 2:

  • New cases: 662. That was up from 413 cases recorded in the last state report, published on May 20.
  • The county’s cumulative case total as of June 2: 85,979. 
  • Positivity rate: 12.4%. That is up from 9% as noted in the state’s May 20 report.
  • Statewide positivity rate: 16.2%.
  • Vaccines: 64. That was down slightly from the 68 vaccines noted in the state’s May 20 report.
  • Overall ratio of county residents 5 or older who have been vaccinated: 63%.

As of June 2, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Marion County’s community transmission risk as medium.

“Based on the most recent reports, we appear to be seeing another seasonal increase in new cases,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander.

“That said, our community should keep working to slow the spread of the virus. You can help with that by staying home if you’re sick, using good personal hygiene, and taking other precautions individuals deem necessary for their own health.”

The Department of Health also reminds county residents that vaccines may help reduce serious illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19.

From COVID-19 cases reported during the week of May 27 to June 2, Marion County saw:

  • An average of 94.6 new cases per day
  • 12.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 64 people vaccinated

For the week of May 13-19, the state’s previous reporting period, Marion saw:

  • An average of 59 new cases per day
  • 9% positivity rate
  • A total of 68 people vaccinated

For the week of April 29 to May 5, Marion saw:

  • An average of 43.3 new cases per day
  • 6.7% positivity rate
  • A total of 89 people vaccinated

For the week of April 15-21, Marion saw:

  • An average of 20.3 new cases per day
  • 3.5% positivity rate
  • A total of 58 people vaccinated

For the week of April 1-7, Marion County saw:

  • An average of 13.9 new cases per day
  • 2.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 94 people vaccinated

For the week of March 18–24, Marion saw:

  • An average of 8 new cases per day
  • 1.2% positivity rate
  • A total of 87 vaccinated

For the week of March 4–10, Marion saw:

  • An average of 17.9 new cases per day
  • 2.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 81 people vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccine availability 

The Department provides free COVID-19 vaccinations from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and 1–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at its main office, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala.

No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Department encourages people with questions about vaccines to consult with their health care provider.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for all age groups. People 18 and older may choose from the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine for children under 12 has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and adolescents. But the dose for 5- to 11-year-olds is only one-third the amount in the adult vaccine. The vaccine also is administered with smaller needles designed specifically for children.

Under the CDC’s latest guidelines, children ages 5 to 11 with moderately or severely compromised immune systems may receive an additional primary dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after waiting at least 28 days from receiving their second dose in the primary vaccination series. 

The CDC also has reduced the wait time for a booster dose for people 18 and older who have completed either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination series.

Adults and children ages 12 to 17 are now eligible for a booster shot five months after their primary series is completed. To reiterate, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for children under age 18.

Besides the Department of Health in Marion County, vaccines can be obtained throughout the county at many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, health clinics and health centers.

Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to learn more about vaccine locations. 

COVID-19 testing continues locally

Curative Inc., a mobile lab service, offers COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Florida Horse Park, 11008 S. County Rd. 475, Ocala. 

Curative uses a shallow nasal PCR test with results available via email or text within 24 to 48 hours. Tests are shipped out daily at the close of business. 

The tests are self-administered, but a site specialist provides customers guidance on how to best perform the test. 

Curative welcomes walk-ins. But the company says it is easier for patients to register for an appointment at Curative.com.

Testing also is available at numerous pharmacies, urgent-care clinics and doctor’s offices throughout Marion County. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to find testing sites. 

COVID-19 treatment options

Monoclonal antibody therapy remains available in Florida. These treatments can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death in high-risk patients. 

Anyone 12 and older who is considered at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 is eligible for this treatment. 

In addition to monoclonal antibody treatment, Florida continues to provide therapeutics such as AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molnupiravir, which can be administered with a physician’s prescription.

For more information about monoclonal antibody treatment and other therapeutics, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov and click the “Treatment Locator” tab at the top of the page. 

Find out more

For more information about COVID-19, call the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2590.

Visit marion.floridahealth.govmarionflcovid.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.