Marion County’s COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 4%
OCALA, Florida—Marion County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen below 4%, according to the state’s latest report. This is the lowest level for more than four months.
Marion County reported 56,915 cumulative cases as of Nov. 4, with an increase of 151 new cases from the previous week. Among Marion County’s COVID-19 cases between October 29 and November 4, 3.3% tested positive. This was down from 4.4% last week. The daily positivity rate for all new COVID-19 cases across Florida was 2.6%.
The last time the state reported such a low positivity rate for Marion County was on June 25, 2021, when it was 3.4%. Marion County has now reported three consecutive weeks below 5%.
“This new report offers our community the opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief. But we still have to be on our toes because we don’t want to go back, ”Marion County Health Department administrator Mark Lander said. “We encourage the community to maintain good self-protection practices that have helped us reach this point. This includes recommending that those who are not vaccinated consider a vaccine and those who are already fully vaccinated to consult their health care provider about receiving a booster. “
Marion County reported a positivity rate per 100,000 population of 40.5 in the state’s new report. It was also the lowest level since June 25, when the rate was 29.5 per 100,000.
The state’s latest report says 712 people in Marion County received vaccines between October 29 and November 4. This is a decrease of 96 vaccines compared to the previous week. The new report says 64% of Marion County residents aged 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, up from 63% the week before.
The number of new cases of Marion also continued to decline.
Among the COVID-19 cases reported from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, Marion saw:
- An average of 21.6 new cases per day
- 3.3% positivity rate
- A total of 712 people vaccinated
Among the COVID-19 cases reported from October 22 to 28, Marion saw:
- An average of 33 new cases per day
- 4.4% positivity rate
- A total of 808 people vaccinated
Among the COVID-19 cases reported from October 15 to 21, Marion saw:
- An average of 36 new cases per day
- 4.9% positivity rate
- A total of 674 people vaccinated
Among the COVID-19 cases reported from October 8 to 14, Marion saw:
- An average of 43.1 new cases per day
- 5.6% positivity rate.
- A total of 736 people vaccinated
Among the COVID-19 cases reported from October 1-7, Marion saw:
- An average of 61 new cases per day
- 6.9% positivity rate
- A total of 928 people vaccinated
The Marion County Department of Health provides COVID-19 vaccines by appointment Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main office, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. The department will be closed Thursday for Veterans Day. To make an appointment for the vaccination, go to tinyurl.com/MakeMarionFLVaxAppt. Walk-ins are also available. Call 352-644-2590 for more information.
In addition, vaccines are available in Marion County at many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, clinics and health centers. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator to learn more about vaccine locations.
COVID-19 tests continue
COVID-19 tests remain available at the First Baptist Church of Ocala.
CovidTestFL.Org, a mobile COVID-19 clinical testing service, offers free drive-thru testing at church, 2801 SE Maricamp Road, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call CovidTestFL.Org at 866-826-8430 for more details.
CovidTestFL.Org offers a COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test that provides results within three days via a text message or email with a link to the results on a web portal. Accelerated test results are available at an additional cost.
Those wishing to be tested must enter through the entrance to the church parking lot on 30th Avenue SE. To be tested, individuals must bring valid photo ID; minors under 18 will only be tested if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
People should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while they wait for testing. Only those subject to the test should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians or guardians. No pets are allowed in the vehicle during the tests.
Additionally, testing can be done at private labs, doctor’s offices, drugstores, and walk-in clinics throughout Marion County.
For more information, call the Marion County Department of Health at 352-644-2590.
Find out more
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