Marion County has its first case of the Coronavirus.
A 59-year-old woman has tested positive for the virus and is self-isolated. She isn’t believed to have traveled abroad, said Mark Lander, Marion County Department of Health administrator, during a Friday evening news conference outside the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Lander said the investigation into the case is in the early stages and they are in constant contact with the woman. He said they are attempting to get more details from her and notify those she has been in contact with in case they need to self-quarantine themselves.
Landers also encouraged all residents to continue to use preventive measures to combat the virus – wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid others when sick, stay home and practice social distancing.
Kathy Bryant, chairman of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, said the county’s first positive result shouldn’t “sound alarms or cause panic.” She added that it’s important for residents to remain calm and continue to carry out the directions handed down from state and national leaders.
The local COVID-19 hotline is (352) 644-2590. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Marion County woman becomes the sixth case of the Coronavirus in the tri-county area. Two Sumter County men and three Lake County residents – including a woman who lives in the Lady Lake Mobile Home Park – have tested positive for the virus. They are among the 563 cases currently being reported in the Sunshine State.