Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Editor’s Note: Percentages mentioned in a prior version of this story did not represent the overall trend of COVID-19 cases in Citrus County, and the story has been updated.

Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials reported a total 2,095 coronavirus cases for Citrus County in their Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, update.

It’s a 6.3% increase from the 1,970 cases documented a week ago on Aug. 24.

DOH officials reported they received 125 new positive lab results from Aug. 24- 30, which is a 26.9% decrease from the 171 positive lab results received the previous week of Aug. 17-Aug. 23.

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Since Aug. 24, recorded hospital admissions crept up 21 to 210. Nine more people also died since Aug. 24, bringing the county’s death count to 57.

Long-term care facilities in Citrus County reported 250 cases, a 10.1% increase from the 227 cases documented Aug. 24, according to the health department.

According to the Citrus County School District, a total 13 students, six school staff and six district office staff reported a confirmed COVID-19 case to the district since the school year began Aug. 20.

DOH records still document a total 55 cases for inmates housed at county correctional facilities and for staff who live locally but could also work at an outside facility.

There has been no change in the status of staff or inmate cases over the week within the Citrus County Detention Facility, according to County Administrator Randy Oliver and CoreCivic spokesman Ryan Gustin on Aug. 31.

Since the pandemic's onset, one non-county inmate at the jail had tested positive after they underwent a medical procedure, and four CoreCivic staff members have since recovered from the virus and were cleared to return to work.

As of Aug. 27, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), a total of 13 staff and 24 inmates at the Cypress Creek Juvenile Offender Correctional and Treatment Center in Lecanto have tested positive — no change since the DJJ’s Aug. 20 update.

Of those, seven Cypress Creek employees were cleared to return to work, and all youth inmates left medical isolation. 

At 10.8% and 8.4%, respectively, local zip codes 34453 and 34446 reported the two highest surge in cases since last week.

Here are the number of COVID-19 cases ranked by Citrus County’s 15 zip codes:

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 370, an increase of 19 (5.4% increase) since Aug. 24.
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 205, an increase of 12 (6.2%).
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 199, an increase of 14 (7.6%).
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 193, an increase of 15 (8.4%).
  • 34429: (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 172, an increase of seven (4.2%).
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 164, an increase of 16 (10.8%).
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 150, an increase of seven (4.9%).
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 133, an increase of nine (7.3%).
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 123, an increase of four (3.4%).
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 103, an increase of five (5.1%).
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and Crystal River): 94, an increase of three (3.3%).
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 83, an increase of six (7.8%).
  • 34436 (Floral City): 82, an increase of five (6.5%).
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): Less than five, no change.
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): 0, no change.

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