Marion County Public Schools reported over 500 positive COVID-19 cases and over 700 quarantines during the last week of school.
The new figures were released as part of the Marion County Public Schools weekly COVID-19 report, covering January 1 to January 7.
The data shows that 356 students and 156 employees tested positive for COVID-19, and 726 students and employees were quarantined after having direct contact with someone who tested positive.
There were 63 schools and district departments that reported positive cases during the week, including at least 27 elementary schools.
During the previous weekly report for December 11 to December 31, 25 students and employees tested positive and 17 were quarantined.
In November of 2021, the Florida Department of Health announced that the vaccine is available for children between the ages of 5 to 11.
Marion County Public Schools announced in October of 2021 that face coverings are optional in all of the county’s public schools.