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Citrus County saw its first death Wednesday due to the coronavirus.

The death was reported Wednesday evening by the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.

The number of cases for Citrus County remains at nine and with an age range of 17 years to 80 years. The website reports that two people infected by the virus were hospitalized.

The person who died was an 80-year-old male, county resident and he died in the hospital, said Audrey Stasko, spokeswoman for the Department of Health in Citrus County.

"We are expressing our condolences to the person's family and will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19," she wrote the Chronicle.

The DOH website reporting the county's nine cases includes the deceased, Stasko said.

Other sources have reported to the Chronicle that both hospitalizations were in Citrus Memorial Hospital. 



Meanwhile, the website reported there were a total of 1,977 total cases in Florida with most being Florida residents, according to the website’s 6:05 p.m. update. The Citrus County death now increases the total number of Florida dead due to the virus to 23.

The website did not give any more specifics about the deceased.  

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.