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Thursday, September 23, 2021

‘COVID-19 cases on rise again’ in Marion County according to health department

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Marion County according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Health.

At 1,056, Marion County reported more new cases of COVID-19 during the week from July 16 to July 22 than 50 of the 67 counties in Florida. During that time, 73,199 cases were reported across the state of Florida.

Marion County has had 34,235 reported cases of COVID-19 since March 2020, according to FDOH. That represents a 19.3% “case positivity” rate.

All data is accurate through July 22, which is the last available day for data from the Florida Department of Health.

According to its report, of the 372,469 residents that live in Marion County, 169,557 have been vaccinated. The report further indicates that 52% of people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated in Marion County.

The department said earlier this month that it would provided vaccine opportunities across the county at different locations over the coming weeks. These sites include:

Rainbow Lakes Estates Oberman Building on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Marion Oaks Community Center on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

McIntosh Civic Center on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaccines are also available at the health department’s main office, which is located at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue, from Monday through Friday by appointment.

A wide variety of retail pharmacies and health care providers are also offering COVID-19 vaccines. Anyone age 12 and older can receive a Pfizer vaccine. Anyone age 18 or older can receive a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To learn more about COVID-19 and vaccination opportunities, visit the Florida Department of Health Marion County Division. marion.floridahealth.gov and marionflcovid.org.