Highest COVID-19 Concentration Reported Near Altamonte Springs Sewer Service Area

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Nearly 50,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida on Monday, and the seven-day average is still around 64,500. The peak of the latest outbreak is expected to reach in late January. Recent samples collected from the Altamonte Springs sewer service area revealed that 69.74% of people were positive, making it the highest concentration on record for COVID-19 in wastewater locally. Eatonville and Winter Park. The samples were taken last Thursday and the amount of virus revealed is double that found three days earlier. “Some studies suggest that the amount of peaks we might see could occur over the next week and then start to drop,” said Frank Martz, city manager of Altamonte Springs. Martz said last Thursday’s reading was a 20.146% increase since Thanksgiving. Seminole County Emergency Director Alan said there had been a slight increase in hospitalizations over the past week. He said almost half of those tested are positive. “We see it at the local cafe where they have to shut down for a few days because there are so many sick people,” Harris said. “At the government level, we had to close a few offices because there just weren’t any staff to run the office for a little while.” The latest samples were taken from Altamonte Springs wastewater on Monday, but Martz said they would. Watch closely for the amount of virus found in Thursday’s test, as it typically takes five to seven days for most cases of COVID-19 to be confirmed. “Our primary focus is not so much the continuing uptrend, but are we seeing a continuing downtrend,” Martz said. “Even though hospitalization rates were higher with Delta, more people get sick with omicron.” Altamonte Springs wastewater samples are collected twice a week.

Nearly 50,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida on Monday, and the seven-day average is still around 64,500. The peak of the latest outbreak is expected to reach in late January.

Recent samples collected from the Altamonte Springs sewer service area revealed that 69.74% of people were positive, making it the highest concentration on record for COVID-19 in wastewater locally.

The locations that are included in the wastewater analysis are parts of Longwood, Unincorporated Seminole County, Maitland, Eatonville, and Winter Park.

The samples were taken last Thursday and the amount of virus revealed is double that found three days earlier.

“Some studies suggest that the amount of peaks we might see could occur over the next week and then start to drop,” said Frank Martz, city manager of Altamonte Springs.

Martz said last Thursday’s reading was a 20.146% increase since Thanksgiving.

Seminole County Emergency Director Alan said there had been a slight increase in hospitalizations over the past week. He said almost half of those tested are positive.

“We see it at the local cafe where they have to shut down for a few days because there are so many sick people,” Harris said. “At the government level, we had to close a few offices because there just weren’t any staff to run the office for a little while.”

The latest samples were taken from Altamonte Springs wastewater on Monday, but Martz said they would closely monitor the amount of virus found in Thursday’s test, as it typically takes five to seven days for most cases of COVID-19 are confirmed.

“Our primary focus is not so much the continuing uptrend, but are we seeing a continuing downtrend,” Martz said. “Even though hospitalization rates were higher with Delta, more people get sick with omicron.”

Altamonte Springs wastewater samples are collected twice a week.

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