The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is involved in several key aspects of COVID-19 response. Primarily, the department is focused on:
Protecting the elderly and vulnerable
Preparing for medical surge
Educating the public on ways to prevent the spread of the virus
DOH-Marion tests for COVID-19 throughout the week, primarily on-site at the department’s Ocala office. DOH-Marion staff also perform case investigations when someone tests positive for the virus. During the investigations, staff identify and speak with contacts of people who tested positive (contact tracing) so that those individuals can watch for symptoms and get tested as needed. This also ensures that both contacts and people who test positive can take extra precautions to prevent the possible spread of the illness further.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Florida, visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.
You can be tested for COVID-19 at various places within Marion County:
Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion)
Heart of Florida Health Center
Langley Medical Center
Local urgent cares
Hospitals (patients only)
Some primary care providers
If you are interested in testing at a specific facility, please contact that agency in advance before visiting the facility to let them know you would like to be tested for COVID-19. Each site may have its own procedures for testing.
Testing at the Department of Health in Marion County
DOH-Marion offers COVID-19 testing to individuals who would like to be tested for the virus, regardless of whether the person is experiencing symptoms. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and other higher risk persons have priority for testing slots.
Testing is by appointment only; call the DOH-Marion COVID-19 Call Center at 352-644-2590 to be scheduled for a COVID-19 test. Testing will be held at DOH-Marion Ocala office (1801 SE 32nd Ave.)
How will I receive my test results?
The medical provider that performed the test should call you to give you your test results when they are available. Until you receive your test results, you should take precautions to prevent possibly spreading the illness to others.
If you are being tested because you are a contact to someone who tested positive or because you have been feeling sick, this means you should not go to work or attend gatherings until you receive your results. You should also take precautions to prevent possibly spreading the virus to your family or other close contacts, such as a roommate.
Florida Department of Health in Marion County
Mailing Address: 1801 SE 32nd Avenue , Ocala, FL 34471-5532