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Marion County reports 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 2,700 vaccinations in past week

Marion County saw over 3,000 new positive COVID-19 cases and 2,700 vaccinations in the past week. 

The updated statistics were released as part of the Florida Department of Health weekly COVID-19 situation report for August 27 to September 2. 

During the week, the county averaged over 430 new positive COVID-19 cases each day. That represents a slight decline from the record 460 average set the week prior. 

A total of 2,769 people were vaccinated over the week, down from 3,197 the week prior and 3,765 the previous week. 

In the past 18 months, 50,296 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Marion County and 196,292 residents have been vaccinated. 

Just over 60% of all eligible residents in Marion County have received the vaccine. 

Across the state of Florida, over 19 million eligible residents have been vaccinated. That represents 69% of eligible residents. 

All residents 12 and older are considered eligible.

Marion County is currently offering multiple opportunities to get vaccinated or tested for  COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County provides walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at its main office, which is located at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue in Ocala.

Appointments are also available at the main office Monday through Friday. To make an appointment for vaccination or obtain more information, call 352-644-2590.

Other vaccination opportunities on Saturday, September 11 will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park (800 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala), from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Faith Episcopal Church (19924 West Blue Cove Drive in Dunnellon) and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church (500 SW 17th Avenue in Ocala). 

The department is also partnering with Marion County Public Schools to provide booster shots to Marion County’s immunocompromised residentsAppointments will be scheduled for Saturdays on September 11 and 18, at Liberty Middle School, 4773 SW 95th Street, Ocala. Appointments will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The department will give Pfizer and Moderna booster shots; there is currently no booster shot available for people who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.