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Citrus County’s coronavirus cases continued to fall sharply during November while deaths due to the pandemic only inched up.

Citrus County saw 50 new cases during the seven days between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That case number was a 31% drop from the seven previous days, according to the CDC. The total number of known cases for the county was 20,613.

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There were two deaths in connection with the virus during the November week. That brought the total to 822 for Citrus County. The two deaths represented a decline of 60% from the previous week, according to the CDC.

Hospital admissions were also down.

During Nov. 10-16, there were six hospital admissions because of COVID-19. Those patients represented only 2% of the county’s occupied hospital beds. It was also a 45% drop in admissions from the week before due to the virus.

COVID-19 ICU patients accounted for only 5% of occupied ICU beds, according to the CDC.

None of the COVID-19 patients during the week ending Nov. 16 were utilizing ventilators.

The Florida Department of Health’s website did not have updated vaccination data Friday.

During the week ending Nov. 11, the county’s vaccination rate was 57% for adults and five-year-old children and older, according to the FDOH website. The Florida average is 67%.

Florida’s COVID-19 cases rose to 3,676,634 as of Nov. 18. Florida has had 60,846 deaths due to the virus, according to the New York Times, which tracks and compares COVID-19 cases.

The daily average of new cases in Florida on Nov. 18 was 1,747. That was a 13% increase over the 14-day average, according to the New York Times.

The daily average for Florida hospitalizations due to the virus on Nov. 18 was 1,389. That was 27% below the 14-day average.

Nationwide, there have been 47.5 million cases and 767,000 deaths.  

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.