Three cases of ommicron COVID-19 variant identified in Pitt County – BoilingNews

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) — Three cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been discovered in Pitt County.

That’s according to Pitt County health director Dr. John Silvernail.

The first of those three was identified as a Pitt County resident who tested positive for the virus earlier in December.

The health department said the person under the age of 30 has been isolated at home and experienced mild symptoms. They have since recovered.

Silvernail said the county had been notified by Vidant Medical Center and the matter was identified by the COVID-19 Sequencing Laboratory at the Vidant/Brody School of Medicine.

“In addition to this case in Pitt County, the health department has been notified that two more cases of Omicron variants have recently been identified in Pitt County, but details are not available this time,” health officials said.

“I’m not surprised that the Omicron variant has made its way into Pitt County. The increase in travel and close gatherings due to the holiday season have made transmission more likely. I expect more cases to be identified in the coming days and weeks,” said Dr. John Silvernail in a press release.

WITN speaks with the health director at 3:00 pm

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