The Marion County Health Department reported 24 new COVID-19 over the weekend and on Monday.
Administrator Melissa Mallow says all are doing well and are on isolation. Eight of the new cases are community spread and 16 are household/close contacts. The new cases bring the number of active cases to 143, including eight who are hospitalized. Of those in the hospital, three are on ventilators. The new cases bring the number of positive cases in Marion County over the 500 mark to 504. 360 of those have recovered.
Only two of the new cases are of school age. One student was not at school at all during their infectious period and the other was the first case for the school involved and all close contacts are in quarantine.
The positive cases include two males in their 20s, a male in his 30s, two males in their 40s, one male in his 50s, two males in their 60s, three males in their 70s, one male in his 80s, one girl under 13, two females in their teens, two females in their 20s, one female in her 30s, one female in her 40s, one female in her 50s, three females in their 60s, and one female in her 80s.
Mallow reminds everyone the number of cases can be reduced by following public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing masks, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home when ill.