Hernando County Health Department COVID-19 Update

Robin Napier, Administrator for the Hernando County Health Department with Danielle Taylor Senior Community Health Nursing Director, updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on the current status of of COVID-19 cases in the county, as well as the progress of the new vaccination program, which began on January 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out at Local Publix Pharmacies

LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 5, 2021 — At a press conference this afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a collaboration between Publix and the Florida Department of Health to distribute approximately 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine to customers ages 65 and older. The vaccine will initially be available at 22 stores in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties.

Appointments to receive the COVID vaccine have reached capacity

Appointments to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County have reached capacity.

Further appointments are not being made at this time. As the appointment schedule opens, new appointments will be made. Those persons who have already left a message will be contacted in the order their message was received.

Updates to availability will be shared with media outlets, posted online at and on the Department’s social media site at

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun

The Hernando County Health Department began its Moderna COVID-19 vaccination rollout  on January 4, 2021.   The Health Department scheduled 100 appointments for the first dose.  Patients will receive the second dose in 28 days, and will be given an appointment card with a date to return.  Robin Napier, Health Department Administrator emphasized the importance of the second dose.  “One dose is good, two doses are much, much better.” 

Hernando County Extends a Hand to Farmers with New Round of Stimulus

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard around the county, and farmers are no exception. Not only did the closing of restaurants and tourism hotspots decrease the overall demand for food, but the loss of customers began just as Florida’s harvest season was beginning. By the time federal assistance became available and restaurants had begun limited re-openings, the window for Florida growers to sell their crops had closed.

COVID-19 Update from Hernando County Emergency Op Director- Aug. 11, 2020

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Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella reported the latest coronavirus statistics at the regular Board of County Commission meeting on August 11, 2020.

On this date, Patella reported 2,030 total positive cases, of which 81% (1,741) have recovered.  316 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, which is roughly 16% of the total cases in the county.  12% of those testing positive are children.