OCALA, Fla.—Even though we are surrounded by COVID-19 news, many may not be aware of how COVID-19 is impacting Marion and what testing and response efforts look like locally. To help address this, the Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion) is providing answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is DOH-Marion’s role in COVID-19 response?
DOH-Marion is involved in several key aspects of COVID-19 response. Primarily, the department is focused on testing, protecting the elderly and vulnerable, preparing for medical surge, and educating the public on ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
DOH-Marion tests for COVID-19 daily and works to help expand access to local testing. This means providing drive-up testing by appointment at the department, working with Ocala Fire Rescue to help test individuals who are not able to drive to the facility and coordinating with other local medical facilities to best direct individuals who may need testing.