‘Stealth omicron’ found in Altamonte Springs wastewater as COVID levels decline

Altamonte Springs showed a 35% decrease, Casselberry showed a 65% decrease

COVID-19 detected in Altamonte Springs wastewater declines, officials say

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Testing done on the wastewater at the Altamonte Springs and Casselberry sewer service areas both showed a decrease in the concentration of COVID-19 virus, continuing a downward trend of infection in those communities.

The latest testing from the Altamonte Springs facility showed a 35% decrease in the concentration of viral gene copies per liter; 181,081 gene copies per liter compared to results released on Feb. 3 which showed 457,237 gene copies per liter.

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Despite the decrease in viral concentration, the amount of COVID-19 found in the wastewater remains high. According to the results, the virus concentration is 158% higher than it was at the beginning of the delta surge — July 1, 2021 — and 215% higher than what was seen around last Thanksgiving.

The testing also showed that nearly 2% of the viral gene copies were from the BA.2 subvariant, also known as “stealth omicron.

The results from Casselberry show a 65% decrease in the concentration of viral gene copies per liter; 73,246 gene copies per liter compared to the results from Feb. 3 which showed 1,471,667 gene copies per liter.

“Stealth omicron” was not detected in the Casselberry Sewer Service Area.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.