COVID-19 in Altamonte Springs wastewater increased in ‘massive way,’ officials say

Jan 7, 2022

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte Springs reported a “massive” increase in the amount of COVID-19 detected in the wastewater as of Monday, according to city officials.

Data shows the omicron variant was detected in nearly 99% of wastewater throughout the Altamonte Springs Sewer Service area.

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City manager Frank Martz said this is the second highest concentration of the COVID-19 virus in gene copies per liter found in the wastewater to date.

According to statistics, the number increased almost 10,000% since Thanksgiving, with omicron proving to be the dominant strain, and about 7,845% since the beginning of the delta surge in July of last year.

The sample shows that as of Monday, 49,588 people in the Altamonte Springs Sewer Service area were infected.

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