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Marion County reports slight drop in COVID-19 cases, increase in vaccinations

Marion County health officials are reporting that the weekly COVID-19 cases are nearly unchanged from the previous week.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the COVID-19 weekly report for Friday, November 19, to Thursday, November 25 shows a slight drop in the number of cases, and vaccinations continue to increase.

During the week, the county reported 124 positive COVID-19 cases, an average of nearly 18 new cases each day. The previous week (November 12 to November 18) saw 129 positive cases.

The number of cases has been trending downward and the county has averaged less than 19 new cases per day for the third consecutive week.

Vaccines were administered to 1,249 residents, an increase of 51 from the previous week. This also marks the third consecutive week that the total number of vaccinations has increased.

The report shows that 211,083 eligible residents are currently vaccinated in Marion County. All residents ages 5 and older are considered eligible.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County announced in November that vaccines are now available for children between the ages of 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages parents to obtain vaccines for children between these ages to avoid serious illness from COVID-19.

The CDC also recommends for all adults (ages 18 and older) to get a booster shot either six months after the initial Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna series or two months after their initial Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

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