New COVID-19 cases in Marion County drop again

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Ocala, Florida— The number of new COVID-19 cases in Marion County has declined again, according to the Florida Department of Health’s latest virus summary, released Friday. The community’s positivity rate has also dropped.

The state report revealed the following data for Marion County from September 16-22:

  • New cases: 283. This is down from 507 cases reported in the previous state summary, released Sept. 9. The number of new cases has steadily declined since the 2022 peak of 1,199 recorded in the July 15 state report.
  • County’s cumulative case total as of Sept. 22: 99,390.
  • Last positivity rate: 9.4%. That was down from 11.5% in the September 9 state report and is the lowest rate since 9% reported on May 20.
  • Statewide positivity rate: 8.4%, down from 12.4% on Sept. 9.
  • Vaccines: 49. This was down from the 50 vaccines listed in the September 9 state report.
  • Overall proportion of county residents 6 months or older who have been vaccinated: 61%.

Unreported home tests performed in Marion County are not included in the state summary.

As of Sept. 22, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rated Marion County’s community transmission risk as medium.

The Marion County Department of Health encourages residents of our county to help reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible. Please stay home if you are sick and practice good personal hygiene, especially washing your hands frequently. DOH-Marion also reminds residents that vaccines can help reduce serious illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19.

Of the COVID-19 cases reported during the week of September 16-22, Marion County reported:

  • An average of 40.4 new cases per day
  • 74.1 cases per 100,000 population
  • 9.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 49 people vaccinated

For the week of September 2-8, the latest state reporting period, Marion saw:

  • An average of 72.4 new cases per day
  • 132.8 cases per 100,000 population
  • 11.5% positivity rate
  • A total of 50 people vaccinated

For the week of August 19-25, Marion recorded:

  • An average of 124.4 new cases per day
  • 228.2 cases per 100,000 population
  • 17.5% positivity rate
  • A total of 94 people vaccinated

During the week of August 5-11, Marion County reported:

  • An average of 125.1 new cases per day
  • 229.5 cases per 100,000 population
  • 18.4% positivity rate
  • A total of 141 people vaccinated

Availability of the COVID-19 vaccine

DOH-Marion offers free COVID-19 vaccinations from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 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 for more information on vaccination locations.

DOH-Marion encourages people with questions about vaccines to consult their health care provider.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for all age groups. The FDA has approved the Novavax vaccine for people age 12 and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only available to people 18 and older.

The CDC recommends adults who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get a booster shot at least five months after their primary series ends. Adults 50 years of age or older or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are encouraged to receive a second booster at least four months after the initial booster.

Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A booster can be given at least two months after the original J&J vaccine. The Novavax vaccine is not approved for use as a booster dose at this time.

Most children and teens can receive a Pfizer booster at least five months after their primary series ends. Moderately or severely immunocompromised children and adolescents may receive a Pfizer booster at least three months after the last dose of the primary series. The CDC further recommends a second Pfizer booster at least four months after the initial booster for moderately or severely immunocompromised children and adolescents.

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

COVID-19 testing

Tests are available at many Marion County pharmacies, urgent care clinics, and doctor’s offices. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to find local test sites.

COVID-19 treatment options

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

Anyone 12 years of age or older considered to be at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is eligible for this treatment.

In addition to monoclonal antibody treatment, Florida continues to supply therapeutic products such as AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, Pfizer’s Paxlovid, and Merck’s molnupiravir, which can be taken with a doctor’s prescription.

For more information on treatment options, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov and click on the “Treatment Locator” tab at the top of the page.

Learn more

For more information about COVID-19, call the Marion County Department of Health at 352-629-0137.

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 Finder and Testing Sites tools to find vaccination and testing sites near you.

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