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.
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
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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.