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Monday, November 15, 2021

Marion County reports another decrease in COVID-19 cases

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

According to the Florida Department of Health, the COVID-19 weekly report for Friday, November 5, to Thursday, November 11 shows another decline in cases and positivity rates.

During the week, the county reported 128 positive COVID-19 cases, an average of around 18 new cases each day. That average number is a 15% decrease from the previous week, when the county was reporting an average of 22 cases a day.

The number of cases continues to move further away from the summer spike 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 trending downward.

For the week of November 5 to November 11, 2.6% of cases tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week’s reported positivity rate was 3.3%. For the fourth consecutive week, the positivity rate has continued to drop further below 5%.

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

Vaccines were administered to 1,034 residents, an increase of over 300 from the previous week. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County announced last week that vaccines are now available for children between the ages of 5 to 11.

The report shows that around 59% of eligible residents, or 208,371, are currently vaccinated in Marion County. All residents ages 5 and older are considered eligible.

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