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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Marion County schools report decline in COVID-19 cases for sixth consecutive week

Marion County schools have reported a decline in positive COVID-19 cases for the sixth consecutive week.

The weekly COVID-19 report released by Marion County Public Schools shows that a total of 7 students and 5 employees tested positive for COVID-19 from February 26 to March 4.

This is the fewest number of COVID-19 cases since the second week of December in 2021 (9 students and 1 employee tested positive), and cases have dropped by 98% since the January spike when 1,014 students and employees tested positive.

According to the report, 29 students and 1 employee were forced to quarantine after having direct contact with those who tested positive. The number of quarantines has also seen a 98% drop since the second week of January when 2,090 students and 129 employees were forced to quarantine.

The current report shows that 10 schools and district departments reported positive cases over the week, including 5 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.