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Monday, January 10, 2022

Marion County schools report small drop in COVID-19 cases

Marion County Public Schools saw another drop in COVID-19 cases during the last week of school (December 4 to December 10).

The new COVID-19 report was released Monday and shows that during the last week of school, there were 10 positive cases reported across the county. Of those cases, nine were students and one was an employee.

The number of positive cases has remained low in recent weeks. Since the middle of October, the number of positive COVID-19 cases each week has remained below 20.

In November, the Florida Department of Health announced that the vaccine is now available for children between the ages of 5 to 11.

Schools reported 55 quarantines by students and employees last week, which is nearly identical to the previous week (November 20 to December 3). Back in September, the Florida Department of Education issued an order that grants parents discretion in quarantining child students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The current report shows that at least seven schools and district departments reported positive cases over the week, including six elementary schools.

Marion County Public Schools announced in October that face coverings are now optional in all of the county’s public schools.