'Very concerning': Officials report large increase in concentration of COVID-19 detected in wastewater
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, along with health officials, addressed the public on Monday regarding COVID-19 and the detection of the virus in wastewater.
Demings and other health leaders discussed the process by which they collect and test the wastewater, and said that levels of the concentration of the virus detected in the wastewater are "very high" and "very concerning."
Officials said there has been more than a 600% increase in levels of the concentration of the virus detected in the local community's wastewater.
Sampling began back in mid-May, according to Ed Torres, utility director.
"The results of the virus RNA that we measure in the wastewater, indicate that we will see continued clinical cases and hospitalizations this week," Torres said.