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Marion County reports decline in new COVID-19 infections

By Florida Department of Health

July 29, 2022

 

Ocala, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health’s newest COVID-19 summary, released Friday, revealed the following data for Marion County for the week of July 22–28:

  • New cases: 1,182. That was down slightly from 1,199 cases recorded in the state previous report, published on July 15.
  • The county’s cumulative case total as of July 14: 93,985. 
  • Positivity rate: 21.6%. That was up from 18.8% as noted in the state’s July 15 report.
  • Statewide positivity rate: 20.7%.
  • Vaccines: 211. That was an increase from 155 vaccines noted in the state’s July 15 report.
  • Overall ratio of county residents 6 months or older who have been vaccinated: 61%.

The state’s data do not include at-home tests in Marion County that were not reported. 

As of July 28, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rated Marion County’s community transmission risk as high.

The Department of Health in Marion County encourages our community members to take steps to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible. These include staying home if you feel ill and practicing good personal hygiene. DOH-Marion also reminds county residents that vaccines may help reduce serious illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19.

From COVID-19 cases reported for the week of July 22–28, Marion County recorded:

  • An average of 168.9 new cases per day
  • 309.7 cases per 100,000 residents
  • 21.6% positivity rate
  • A total of 211 people vaccinated 

For the week of July 8–14, the period covered in the state’s prior report, Marion County saw:

  • An average of 171.3 new cases per day
  • 314.1 cases per 100,000 residents
  • 18.8% positivity rate
  • A total of 155 people vaccinated

For the week of June 24–30, Marion recorded:

  • An average of 137.7 new cases per day
  • 252.6 cases per 100,000 residents
  • 18.1% positivity rate
  • A total of 115 people vaccinated

For the week of June 10–16, Marion recorded:

  • An average of 113 new cases per day
  • 212.4 cases per 100,000 residents
  • 13.9% positivity rate
  • A total of 48 people vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccine availability 

DOH-Marion 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.

Vaccines for all age groups can also be obtained throughout the county at many pharmacies, doctor’s offices and health clinics.

Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to learn more about vaccine locations. 

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for all age groups. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available only for those 18 and older.

The CDC recommends that adults who have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine obtain a booster shot at least five months after their primary series is completed. Adults who are 50 or older or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are encouraged to get a second booster at least four months after the initial booster vaccine.

The Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A booster can be administered at least two months after the original J&J vaccine.

Most children and teenagers can receive a Pfizer booster at least five months after their primary series is complete. Children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may receive a Pfizer booster at least three months after the final dose in the primary series. The CDC further recommends a second Pfizer booster at least four months after the initial booster for children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

The CDC has not recommended Moderna boosters for children at this time.

COVID-19 testing

Testing is available at numerous pharmacies, urgent-care clinics, and doctor’s offices throughout Marion County. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to find local 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 or older who is considered 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, call the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2590.

Visit marion.floridahealth.gov, marionflcovid.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.