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Locals Fill Testing Sites, Record COVID Cases Here

Locals Fill Testing Sites, Record COVID Cases Here

    The omicron variant of COVID 19 continues to grow in Lake County.  In the most recent data from the State of Florida, released on January 7, indicated Lake County had 4,107 cases reported in the previous seven days, up from 2,814 the previous week. To date, this week's report represents the most new cases in the county for a single week since the pandemic began.
    Residents have flocked to testing sites, and on Monday a line of over 100 cars could be found at the Lake County Fairgrounds as people sought out clarity on their COVID status.
    Lake County Schools hasn’t been immune from omicron’s presence, however, as of last Friday only five schools in the county were outside of the system’s ‘green zone’, which indicates positive testing percentages over 3%.  Those schools were Sorrento Elementary (3.71%), East Ridge High School (3.56%), Sawgrass Bay Elementary School (3.2%), Lake Minneola High School (3.17%), and Mount Dora High School (3.11%). 
    Those numbers contrast with data that indicates that Lake County has had as much as a 33% positivity rate over the past two weeks.
    The Florida Department of Health in Lake County this week pointed to federal Center for Disease Control data that indicated on Tuesday that Lake County that in the last seven days, 155 people had been admitted to county hospitals based on COVID status.  Deaths were reported only as ‘less than 10’.