Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Citrus County’s average rate of positive COVID-19 tests crept above 5% over the week while the number of local vaccine doses given fell.

A total 11,315 cases of the novel coronavirus were documented for county residents Monday, May 24, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). It’s an increase of 70 infections since May 17, at an average 10 transmissions a day. 

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Citrus County’s seven-day average positivity rate of COVID-19 tests for its Florida residents went up from the 4.85% reported on May 17 to 5.24%. Health officials want to keep the positivity rate below 10%.

Two more locals were hospitalized with COVID-19 since May 17, and 11 people died from the virus. As of Monday, there’ve been 730 hospital admissions and 461 deaths from the disease.

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 Tuesday stated Citrus County had eight people in hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

Citrus County COVID-19 Vaccination & Case Demographics: Monday, May 24, 2021

Age Group First Dose Series Complete Total People Vaccinated All Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
15-24 677 1,082 1,759 1,171 6 0
25-34 633 1,479 2,112 1,295 22 3
35-44 713 2,056 2,769 1,203 29 0
45-54 1,167 3,931 5,098 1,433 54 9
55-64 1,933 10,074 12,007 1,883 103 41
65-74 2,451 19,508 21,959 1,786 177 108
75-84 1,569 12,935 14,507 1,288 215 163
85+ 519 3,784 4,303 565 118 137

There were also 23% of hospital beds available Tuesday in the county, according to the AHCA, and 10% of local adult intensive care units were open.

Around 37% of county residents (54,849) were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the FDOH, and roughly 43% of locals (64,633) have at least been partially inoculated.

An average 322 doses were administered a day between May 17-23, according to the FODH, compared to the average 514 doses given daily between May 10-16.

For more information on how and where to get vaccinated, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines.

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Since starting school Aug. 20 for the 2020-21 school year, the school district recorded 794 COVID-19 cases — 221 staff, 573 students — as of Monday, an increase of 15 since May 14.

Here are the number of COVID-19 cases reported May 24, ranked by Citrus County’s 15 ZIP codes:

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 1,278, an increase of 15 since May 17;
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 1,197, up two;
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 1,179, up seven;
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 1,147, up eight;
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 1,017, up three;
  • 34429 (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 929, up four;
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 805, up four;
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 715, up three;
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 710, up seven;
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and Crystal River): 626, up three;
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 594, up eight;
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 430, up two;
  • 34436 (Floral City): 423, up three;
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 13, no change; and, 
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): seven, no change.

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