Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Citrus County’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests increased roughly 3% over the week as a quarter of its state residents became fully vaccinated against the disease.

According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) on Monday, April 19, the county’s 7-day average positivity rate of new novel coronavirus cases for its Florida residents was at 8.34% — up from the average 5.35% reported April 12.

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Health officials want to keep positivity rates — the number of positive results out of total test results — below 10%.

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

On Monday, the FDOH documented a total 10,718 COVID-19 cases for Citrus County, an increase of 178 infections since April 12, at an average 25 transmissions a day.

Also, over the week, six more locals were admitted to hospitals for COVID-19, raising the county’s total number of hospitalizations to 691, according to the FDOH. Another person also died from COVID-19 since April 12, bringing the local death count to 434.

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

*COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death data represent the 15-24 age group.

Age Group First Dose Series Complete Total People Vaccinated All Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
16-24* 746 289 1,035 1,101 5 0
25-34 850 616 1,466 1,204 18 2
35-44 1,200 854 2,054 1,118 27 0
45-54 2,454 1,534 3,988 1,353 52 9
55-64 5,921 4,235 10,156 1,775 96 40
65-74 4,067 16,492 20,559 1,722 168 95
75-84 2,514 11,189 13,703 1,256 206 155
85+ 804 3,253 4,057 551 113 133

A Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) report from Monday stated Citrus County had 16 people in hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, up from the eight who were hospitalized April 12.

There were also 33% of hospital beds available Monday in the county, according to the AHCA, and 23% of local adult intensive care units were open.

Since starting school Aug. 20 for the 2020-21 school year, the school district recorded 698 COVID-19 cases — 200 staff, 498 students — as of April 15, an increase of 23 since April 9.

According to the FDOH on Monday, 57,018 of Citrus County’s Florida residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19, with 38,462 of them completing their series of vaccinations.

As it awaits further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida paused its use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 13 due to reports the one-dose shot causes rare instances of blood clotting.

To preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine with the state health department, visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

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

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 1,201, an increase of 16 since April 12;
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 1,151, up 22;
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 1,120, up 19;
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 1,065, up 27;
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 985, up nine;
  • 34429 (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 891, up eight;
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 755, up 12;
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 675, up nine;
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 674, up four;
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and Crystal River): 573, up 12;
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 568, up 10;
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 412, up six;
  • 34436 (Floral City): 398, up 15;
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 12, no change; and, 
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): six, no change.

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