Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Citrus County’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to fall as the number of its cases surpassed 9,300 and almost 20,000 locals have been vaccinated.

According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) on Monday, Feb. 15, the county totaled 9,347 cases, an increase of 289 infections since Feb. 8, at an average 41 cases a day.

Also on Monday, according to the FDOH, the county’s average positivity rate from Feb. 8-14 for its Florida residents was at 8.45% — a decrease from the 9.55% average for Feb. 1-7.

Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Citrus County Logo

Florida Department of Health in Citrus County

It’s the goal of health officials to have a desired positivity rate — the number of positive test results out of total results — under 10%.

Since Feb. 8, six more county residents were hospitalized for COVID-19, totaling 608, and no deaths were reported, leaving the count at 363, according to the FDOH.

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

A Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) report from Monday stated Citrus County had 42 people in hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, down five from Feb. 8.

There was also 25% of hospital beds available in the county, according to the AHCA, and 20% of local adult intensive care units was open.

According to the FDOH, 19,903 county residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 — an increase of 3,191 since Feb. 8 — with 8,618 of them completing their two-dose series.

Citrus County School District Logo

Since starting school Aug. 20 for the 2020-21 school year, the Citrus County School District recorded 547 cases — 159 staff, 388 students — as of Feb. 15, an increase of 38 since Feb. 5.

Long-term care facilities in the county have documented a total 1,431 cases, up 16 since Feb. 8, according to the FDOH.

COVID numbers for inmates and staff at the Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto remain unchanged since Feb. 8 at 147 and 19, respectively, with 100% recovery.

Citrus County Detention Facility

The Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto.

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 Operations@CoreCivic.com.

For information about CoreCivic’s response to COVID-19, visit corecivic.com/covid-19-response.

Here are the number of COVID-19 cases reported Feb. 15, ranked by Citrus County’s 15 ZIP codes:

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 1,060, an increase of 30 since Feb. 8.
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 1,030, up 15.
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 987, up 34.
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 906, up 30.
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 869, up 50.
  • 34429 (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 790, up 17.
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 663, up 20.
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 590, up eight.
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 587, up 15.
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 486, up 19.
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and Crystal River): 484, up 13.
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 367, up 11.
  • 34436 (Floral City): 323, up 15.
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 11, no change.
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): six, up one.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916,  bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.