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33 test positive for COVID-19 virus in Marion County as Florida tops 8,000 patients

Thirty-three people in Marion County have tested positive for the Coronavirus as Florida surpassed 8,000 cases on Thursday.

The most recent Marion County patients include three men ages 33, 39 and 72 – all of whom reported traveling to areas affected by the COVID-19 virus. They all live in Ocala, where 20 other people also have been identified.

The ages of the Marion County patients range from 19 to 88. Eighteen are women and 15 are men. Besides Ocala, they live in Summerfield (5), Belleview (2), Dunnellon (1) and Ocklawaha (1). One, a 38-year-old woman, is a non-resident who recently spent time in New York.

So far, 748 people have been tested in Marion County, with 715 coming back negative. Another 165 people are waiting to be tested.

The six counties surrounding Marion County are reporting 348 positive results. Those are:

  • Alachua County 93
  • Lake County 76
  • Levy County 2
  • Putnam County 14
  • Sumter County 63
  • Volusia County 100

All told, 8,010 people have tested positive across Florida. Of those, 7,717 are residents of the Sunshine State. There have been 128 deaths and 1,058 people have been hospitalized.

COVID-19 testing continues to be accessible at various places within Marion County. People who can be tested at the Department of Health in Marion County, include those who are experiencing symptoms and meet one or more of the following categories:

  • Over age 65
  • Over age 50 and have diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Recent travelers to all international locations or any domestic locations (New York tri-state area, California, Louisiana, etc.) currently impacted by COVID-19.

To be tested by the Department of Health in Marion County, call the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at (352) 644-2590 to schedule an appointment. Contact your primary care provider to see about the possibility of testing if you don’t meet the above criteria. If you don’t have a primary care provider or if your primary care provider is unable to test, you can contact Heart of Florida Health Center (352) 732-6599 or www.myhfhc.org/; or Langley Medical Center at (352) 680-7000 or www.langleymedicalcenter.com to see if you qualify for screening at their facilities.

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with the virus typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough and/or shortness of breath within two to 14 days of exposure to the virus.

Approximately 80 percent of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms, as you may need treatment at a hospital.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Florida, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the state hotline at 1-866-779-6121, the local hotline at (352) 644-2590 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

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