Coronavirus Close-Up Dominant

Citrus County saw its highest jump in COVID-19 deaths in a single week from July 27 to Aug. 3, as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of disappearing from the U.S. anytime soon.  

In its Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, coronavirus update, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) reported a total of 10 new deaths in Citrus in the past week, for a total of 30 deaths since early March when the virus began to spread.

The FDOH reported 1,299 total COVID-19 cases in Citrus County on Aug. 3, a 17.8% jump from the 1,102 cases documented a week earlier on July 27.

From July 20 to July 27, the county witnessed a case increase of 28.8%, a lower rate increase over the 48.2% rise in cases a week beforehand.

Hospitalizations went from 99 to 121 between July 27 and Aug. 3, an increase of 22.2% compared to the 19.2% rise in hospital visits from July 20 to July 27.

All Citrus deaths have occurred in those aged 45 and older. Death demographics include: age 45-54 – 1 (3%); age 55-64 – 2 (7%); age 65-74 – 4 (13%); age 75-84 – 15 (50%); age 85-plus – 8 (27%).

Citrus’ long-term care facilities have reported 129 positive COVID-19 cases, and staff/residents in Citrus correctional facilities have had 41 positive cases.

According to CoreCivic, the Citrus County Detention Facility's management, and County Administrator Randy Oliver on Aug. 3, there has been no change in cases within jail staff and inmate populations since July 27. 

So far, three employees of the Citrus County Detention Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. All three have recovered from the virus and have been medically cleared to return to work, according to CoreCivic Public Affairs Manager Ryan Gustin.

At 54.2% and 30%, 34436 and 34450 reported the highest surge in cases since last week.

Here are the number of COVID-19 cases ranked by Citrus County’s 15 zip codes: 

  • 34452 (Inverness, Floral City, Inverness Highlands North and Inverness Highlands South): 288, an increase of 17 (6.3% increase) since July 27.
  • 34429: (Crystal River, Ozello, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Black Diamond): 101, an increase of 12 (13.4%).
  • 34428 (Crystal River, Red Level and Inglis): 101, an increase of 16 (18.8%).
  • 34446 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto and Sugarmill Woods): 118, an increase of 19 (19.2%).
  • 34465 (Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Springs, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 106, an increase of 22 (26.2%).
  • 34453 (Inverness, Citrus Hills, Hernando, Inverness Highlands North and Lecanto): 84, an increase of 16 (23.5%).
  • 34461 (Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods): 109, an increase of 18 (19.8%).
  • 34442 (Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Lecanto and Pine Ridge): 83, an increase of 11 (15.3%).
  • 34448 (Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto and CrystalRiver): 72, an increase of 14 (24.1%).
  • 34434 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): 71, an increase of 11 (18.3%).
  • 34450 (Inverness and Inverness Highlands South): 65, an increase of 15 (30%).
  • 34433 (Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Pine Ridge): 50, an increase of 10 (25%).
  • 34436 (Floral City): 37, an increase of 14 (54.2%).
  • 34445 (Holder, Citrus Springs, Hernando and Pine Ridge): Less than five, no change.
  • 34449 (Inglis and Yankeetown): 0, no change. 

—    Source: Florida Department of Health.

Contact Chronicle Community Editor Gwen Bittner at 352-563-3224 or gwen.bittner@chronicleonline.com.