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Marion County schools report nearly 52% drop in COVID-19 cases during last week of school

Marion County schools reported that positive COVID-19 cases dropped by nearly 52% during the last week of school.

The weekly COVID-19 report released by Marion County Public Schools shows that a total of 248 students and employees tested positive for COVID-19 from February 5 to February 11.

According to the report, 529 students and 20 employees were forced to quarantine after having direct contact with those who tested positive.

The past few weeks have seen a steady decline in positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines among students and employees, and the numbers are trending further away from the spike that Marion County schools experienced during the third week of January.

The current report shows that 52 schools and district departments reported positive cases over the week, including 23 elementary schools.

In November of 2021, the Florida Department of Health announced that the COVID-19 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.