ORLANDO (AP) — Officials say that water samples have shown that the new omicron strain of COVID-19 is now the predominant strain in the Florida county that is home to the nation’s largest theme park resorts.
The omicron variant has quickly overtaken the delta variant in samples from sampling sites for wastewater in Orange County, officials said.
A sample taken this week revealed that omicron accounted for nearly 100 percent of the strains found in the samples taken from the wastewater facilities, Orange County Utilities spokesperson Sarah Lux said in an email.
There’s a difference when it comes to people seeking treatment for COVID-19, officials said.
“Those who are hospitalized, are primarily affected by the delta variant,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stated Wednesday at an event at the Orlando International Airport.
Despite the fact that tourist numbers have declined since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2004 Tens of millions go to Orlando to visit the region’s famous theme parks like Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World.
Scientists believe omicron is more contagious than delta, however it’s not clear if omicron will spread quickly enough to infect hospitals. They also said it’s too early to draw any conclusions as the variant is still in its infancy and hospitalizations can be several weeks behind infections.
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