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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Marion County schools report over 50% drop in COVID-19 cases for second consecutive week

Marion County schools reported that positive COVID-19 cases have dropped by over 50% for the second consecutive week.

The weekly COVID-19 report released by Marion County Public Schools shows that a total of 108 students and employees tested positive for COVID-19 from February 12 to February 18.

According to the report, 105 students and 5 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. The numbers are trending further away from the spike that Marion County experienced in the middle of January when over 1,000 students and employees tested positive. 

The current report shows that 28 schools and district departments reported positive cases over the week, including 13 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.