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Marion County reports nearly 4,700 new COVID-19 cases this past week

Marion County saw nearly 4,700 new positive COVID-19 cases in the past week.

The updated statistics were released as part of the Florida Department of Health weekly COVID-19 situation report for Friday, January 14 to Thursday, January 20.

During the week, the county averaged just under 671 new positive COVID-19 cases each day. The previous week (January 7 to January 13) saw a record-high average of nearly 791 new cases each day.

Vaccines were administered to 644 residents, a decrease of 346 from the previous week. The report shows that 63% of eligible residents, or 221,670, are currently vaccinated in Marion County. All residents ages 5 and older are considered eligible.

COVID-19 vaccines for anyone ages 5 and older are available for free at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County. Visit the Florida Department of Health in Marion County COVID-19 vaccines webpage to make an appointment.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County provides vaccinations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main office located at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue in Ocala.

Anyone who has questions about vaccines, whether for themselves or their children, should consult with their health care provider.

In addition to the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, vaccines are available throughout the county at many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, clinics, and health centers. For more information on vaccines, or to find a vaccine location, visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine locator webpage.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened its recommended time for isolation for people with COVID-19.

The Omicron variant was detected in the United States on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. According to Lander, the CDC remains the primary agency responsible for maintaining surveillance of Omicron, and the Department of Health in Marion County will respond to the variant as needed with mitigation efforts that include both prevention and treatment.

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