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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Marion County reports another week of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates dropping

Marion County health officials are reporting another week with declining COVID-19 cases and positivity rates.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the COVID-19 weekly report for Friday, October 22, to Thursday, October 28 shows cases and positivity rates on a continued decline. During the week, the county reported 230 positive COVID-19 cases, an average of 33 new cases each day.

That average number is a 46% decrease from the beginning of the month, when the county was reporting an average of nearly 61 cases a day.

The number of cases continues to decline, and positivity rates are at their lowest point since the end of June.

At its peak earlier this summer, Marion County was averaging over 400 new COVID-19 cases per day. During one week in August, over 4,500 residents sought out the vaccine, a peak that has steadily declined since then.

For the second consecutive week, the positivity rate is below 5%. From October 22 to October 28, 4.4% tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week’s positivity rate was 4.9%.

In total last week, 808 residents were administered vaccines, an increase of over 130 from the previous week.

The report shows that around 63% of eligible residents, or 207,024, are currently vaccinated in Marion County. All residents ages 12 and older are considered eligible.

For more information on last week’s COVID-19 figures, visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website.