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Monday, November 8, 2021

Marion County reports drop in COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, positivity rate below 4%

Marion County health officials are reporting another drop in weekly COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, with a positivity rate below 5% for the third consecutive week.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the COVID-19 weekly report for Friday, October 29, to Thursday, November 4 shows another decline in cases, vaccinations, and positivity rates.

During the week, the county reported 151 positive COVID-19 cases, an average of nearly 22 new cases each day. That average number is a 34% decrease from the previous week, when the county was reporting an average of 33 cases a day.

The number of cases continues to move further away from the high totals the county saw during the summer, when Marion County was averaging over 400 new COVID-19 cases each day. As the number of cases continues to decline, the positivity rates are also seeing a significant drop.

From October 29 to November 4, 3.3% of cases tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week’s positivity rate was 4.4%, and that rate was 4.9% two weeks ago.

This is a massive decrease from the end of August when the county saw positivity rates that were five times higher at nearly 16%.

Vaccines were administered to 712 residents, a decrease of nearly 100 from the previous week.

The report shows that around 64% of eligible residents, or 207,969, 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.