As COVID Cases Rise in Citrus County, Vaccination Rate Decreases | local news

As COVID Cases Rise in Citrus County, Vaccination Rate Decreases |  local news

During the week starting June 11, there were 10,459 new COVID-19 cases statewide. After that the number of new cases steadily increased and during the week of July 9, it reached 45,603 new cases, according to the DOH website. The week of July 9 was the latest data available. Florida has seen similar trends. The percentage of people testing positive as they get tested is also rising Florida wide. During the week of June 11, 3.3% of the people who got  tested were positive, according to the DOH website. That climbed to 11.5% during the week starting July 9.

The number of vaccinations in Citrus County between July 9 and July 15 was 454, according to the Florida Department of Health’s website. That was the latest data available. That was up from about 413 the week before. Get more from the Citrus County Chronicle

The number of new and detected Citrus County cases July 9 – July 15 was 156, up 95% from the seven days before. Testing in Citrus County is also up, reaching 872 tests during the week of July 9 – July 15, up 28%.   “(Vaccinations) have not gone up at the same rate that the number of cases have gone up,” said Ernesto “Tito” Rubio, administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County. “Absolutely not.”

Florida wide there have been 2,409,773 COVID cases, according to USAFacts.  Of those, 38,388 Floridians died. As for the cases in Citrus County, Rubio said, “the Delta variant is becoming the predominate strain” here, but there have been other strains. There have been 11,786 cases in Citrus County. There have been 463 deaths here. There have been reports of additional deaths in Citrus County but they have not been confirmed by the DOH or local hospitals.

About 51% of Citrus County residents have at least one vaccination dose. “The majority of the positive cases are unvaccinated people,” Rubio said of the recent Citrus County cases. “And it’s the same that you’re hearing on the national news agencies.”

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