Ocala, Florida – The number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Marion County has increased compared to the previous reporting period.
The state’s latest summary of COVID-19, released Friday, shows the following key points for Marion County from May 27 to June 2:
- New cases: 662. This is more than 413 cases recorded in the last state report published on 20 May.
- The total number of cases in the county as of June 2: 85,979.
- Coefficient of positivity: 12.4%. That’s up 9%, according to a May 20 state report.
- Percentage of positivity in the whole country: 16.2%.
- Vaccines: 64. This is slightly lower than the 68 vaccines noted in the May 20 state report.
- Total proportion of county residents aged 5 or over who have been vaccinated: 63%.
As of June 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has reported the risk of transmission to the Marion County community as moderate.
“Based on the latest reports, we appear to be seeing another seasonal increase in new cases,” said Marion County Department of Health Administrator Mark Lander.
“As we said, our community must continue to work to slow the spread of the virus. You can help with this by staying home if you are sick, following good personal hygiene and taking other precautions that people consider necessary for their own health.
The Department of Health also reminds county residents that vaccines can help reduce serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Of the 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 have been 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% percentage of positivity
- A total of 68 people have been 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 have been 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 were vaccinated
For the week of April 1 to 7, Marion County saw:
- An average of 13.9 new cases per day
- 2.4% positivity rate
- A total of 94 people were 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 were vaccinated
Availability of vaccine against COVID-19
The department provides free vaccines against COVID-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at its headquarters, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala.
No appointment required. Entrances are welcome.
The department encourages people with questions about vaccines to consult their healthcare provider.
The US Food and Drug Administration has only approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for all age groups. People 18 and older can choose between Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine for children under 12 years of age has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and adolescents. But the dose for 5- to 11-year-olds is only a third of the amount in the adult vaccine. The vaccine is also given with smaller needles designed specifically for children.
According to the latest CDC guidelines, children aged 5 to 11 with a moderately or severely compromised immune system may receive an additional primary dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 after at least 28 days of receiving the second your dose in the main vaccination series.
The CDC also reduced the waiting time for a booster dose for people aged 18 and over who had completed the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination series.
Adults and children aged 12 to 17 are now entitled to a booster injection five months after the end of their main series. To repeat, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is allowed for children under 18 years of age.
In addition to the Marion County Department of Health, 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.
Testing for COVID-19 continues at the local level
Curative Inc., a mobile lab service, offers testing for COVID-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Florida Horse Park, 11008 S. County Rd. 475, Okala.
Curative uses a shallow nasal PCR test with results available by email or text within 24 to 48 hours. The tests are sent daily at the end of the working day.
The tests are administered independently, but a site specialist provides guidance to clients on how best to perform the test.
Curative welcomes entrants. But the company says it’s easier for patients to register for an hour at Curative.com.
Testing is also available at many pharmacies, emergency clinics and doctor’s offices throughout Marion County. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov to find testing sites.
Treatment options for COVID-19
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 who is considered to be at high risk for severe disease due to COVID-19 is eligible for this treatment.
In addition to treatment with monoclonal antibodies, Florida continues to provide therapeutic agents such as Evushold by AstraZeneca, Paxlovid by Pfizer and molnupiravir by Merck, which can be prescribed by a doctor.
For more information on treatment with monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic agents, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov and click the Treatment Locator tab at the top of the page.
Find out more
For more information on COVID-19, call the Marion County Department of Health 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 vaccine location tools and testing sites to find vaccination and testing sites near you.