Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Citrus County closed in on 8,000 COVID-19 cases over the week as it surpassed 300 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

According to a Florida Department of Health (FDOH) report from Monday, Jan. 18, the county tallied 7,929 infections — an increase of 423 since Monday, Jan. 11, at an average 60 cases a day.

Another 52 viral contractions were added Tuesday, Jan. 19, according to the FDOH, reaching 7,981 cases.

A dozen people also died from the disease Jan. 11-18, and seven more deaths were added Tuesday, raising the local death count to 316.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 increased 17 between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, with two more admissions being added Tuesday for a total 561 documented hospitalizations.

A Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) report from Tuesday, Jan. 19 stated Citrus County had 47 people in hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

There was also 22% of hospital beds available in the county, according to the AHCA, and 10% of local adult intensive care units were open.

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Florida Department of Health in Citrus County

COVID-19 data from the FDOH is subject to change as epidemiological investigations reveal new information on cases.

According to the FDOH, 7,877 locals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 — an increase of 2,347 since Jan. 11 — with 82 of them completing their two-dose series.

Another 195 vaccinations were reported Tuesday by the FDOH, reaching 8,078 inoculations, with 142 people completing their two-dose series.

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County Administrator Randy Oliver

County Administrator Randy Oliver said Jan. 19 there were no COVID-19 cases reported for Citrus County Detention Facility inmates since Jan. 11.

Since the pandemic’s onset, 146 inmates at the CoreCivic-managed jail in Lecanto tested positive for the virus, and none have died.

CoreCivic spokesman Ryan Gustin said Tuesday none of the jail’s 30 housing pods are under quarantine, and visitation remains in effect.

Gustin said another CoreCivic employee contracted the virus since Jan. 11, totaling 17 confirmed staff cases with 16 recoveries. 

Those with questions about someone in the jail’s custody can contact CoreCivic’s Operations Concern Center by either calling 877-834-1550 or emailing

For information about CoreCivic’s response to COVID-19, visit

According to the FDOH on Monday, 212 cases were reported for inmates housed at correctional centers in the county, and for staff who live locally, but could also work at an outside facility — unchanged since Jan. 11

Long-term care facilities in the county have documented a total 1,292 cases, up 95 since Jan. 11, according to the FDOH.

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Since starting school Aug. 20 for the 2020-21 school year, the Citrus County School District recorded 407 cases — 128 staff, 279 students — as of Jan. 15, an increase of 37 since Jan. 7.

Here are the number of COVID-19 cases reported Jan. 18 ranked by Citrus County’s 15 zip codes:

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 919, an increase of 40 since Jan. 11.
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 898, up 37.
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 798, up 45.
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 756, up 40.
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 737, up 61.
  • 34429: (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 712, up 26.
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 567, up 22.
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 522, up 29.
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 506, up 30.
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and Crystal River): 396, up 20.
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 385, up 25.
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 314, up 21.
  • 34436 (Floral City): 249, up 15.
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 11, no change.
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): Less than five, no change.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916, or visit to see more of his stories.