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Citrus County has its first coronavirus case.

She is a 60-year-old woman, according to the Florida Department of Health website. She is being isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.

The new case now brings the Florida total number of confirmed cases to 106 with seven more Florida residents diagnosed positive for the virus but isolated outside the state.

Over the weekend the number of Floridians who have died from the virus rose to four.

There have been 478 negative coronavirus test results in Florida with 221 test cases still pending.

The FDOH is not releasing any additional information about the first Citrus County case other than the agency is still investigating whether travel is related to the positive test results.

Ernesto "TitoRubio, Citrus County health department director, previously told the Chronicle that when Citrus County has its first case information would be limited.

The Department of Health in Citrus County told the Chronicle it is working closely with state officials.

"The epidemiological investigation (on the Citrus County case) is ongoing and the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our partners to ensure that local plans, resources and capabilities are in place to respond to a widespread outbreak and lessen the impacts on Citrus County," the DOH in Citrus County told the Chronicle.
 
"As always, the Department of Health is urging residents to stay informed on how to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19 by visiting www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19for the latest information," the DOH in Citrus County said.

The FDOH continues to advise county residents take precautions and that they are educated about the virus.

The virus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can be inhaled by another person or can land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, according to the FDOH.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from the coronavirus without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness, according to the FDOH.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.