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    Marion County -- In a press release Friday, Marion County school officials reported that 52 people — 17 employees and 35 students — tested positive for COVID-19. The cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health. The report is for...
    Tallahassee - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides fast and direct economic assistance for consumers and businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, includes requirements regarding consumer credit reporting. The Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) says it...
    The City of Ocala masks ordinance will remain in effect for the next 60 days. In a 4-1 vote, City Council members voted on the ordinance Tuesday. For the next 60 days, business owners will be required to post signs...
    Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. The CDC has issued...
    Staten Island, New York -- Mac’s Public House co-owner, Daniel Presti, spoke publicly for the first time Monday since he was illegally arrested on December 6, 2020. Presti and his legal team have been publicly accused by CNN, other media...
    Marion County -- The Department of Health in Marion County is moving its COVID-19 vaccination operations to the Paddock Mall, located at 3100 SW College Road, beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The site, a joint venture with AdventHealth Ocala,...
    The shutdown due to COVID-19 was not bad news for everyone. Philip Hurst, of Ocala, spent most of his work career in sales and restaurant management. In March, when the pandemic hit, he was left with no income and he had...
    Marion County -- Marion County residents ages 65 and older will soon be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination. The Department of Health in Marion County is slated to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for residents...
    Doctors in Britain reported severe allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it had been administered. Britain health officials then notified the CDC. The CDC called the reactions rare. However, on Wednesday, December 16, Juneau, Alaska health officials reported to...
    Marion County — The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Florida and have begun to be used in the state. In Marion County, that means some long-term care staff and residents may soon be vaccinated. The state of...
    Ocala, Florida—Marion County is reporting 13,462 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of this afternoon. This is an increase of 182 cases from yesterday (Dec. 2). Of Marion COVID-19 tests from Dec. 2, 11.3% were positive. The daily positivity rate...
    GOP state Rep. Anthony Sabatini filed HB 6003 to strip the state's power to require mandatory vaccines during a pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis has said that Florida would not force anyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but Sabatini said he...
    The December 2020 Ocala Christmas Parade has been canceled due to COVID-19. The City of Ocala provides a permit for the parade and that permit was approved by the Ocala City Council on Nov. 17. The permit would have allowed...
    In a press release Friday, Marion County school officials reported that 30 people --  8 employees and 22 students -- tested positive for COVID-19 between the dates of October 16-22. Direct contact quarantines include 234 students and 18 employees. Schools and...
    Ocala, Florida -- Kindergarteners at Emerald Shores Elementary will switch to online schooling following a single positive case of coronavirus connected to the class. The switch will affect more than a dozen students. According to the school district, fifteen students and...
    Ocala, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health says that Marion County is moving in a positive direction as far as local COVID-19 cases. The department says they are seeing a drop in the number of new cases reported...
    In March, Duke Energy launched a sweeping series of changes to help customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including suspending disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late payment fees, as well as fees for credit and debit card payments. As Duke Energy...
    On Monday, a judge ruled in favor of Florida’s largest teachers union stating that DeSantis' order to require schools to teach students in the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional. The decision comes after the Florida Education Association filed...
    An Ocala business owner, who is also an attorney, filed a lawsuit against the City of Ocala Thursday for both a declaratory judgment and injunctive release on an emergency and permanent basis as a result of the mask ordinance...
    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods believes that there is no real evidence that wearing a mask lessens the spread of COVID-19. On August 11, the same day Woods had a phone conference with President Donald Trump, Woods sent out a...