JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – COVID-19 numbers across the state are continuing to rise. On Monday, Onslow County reported the highest number of confirmed COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The county reported 555 cases in one single day, according to the data from the NC Department of Health & Human Services.
Director of the Onslow County Health Department, Kristen Richmond-Hoover suspects the rise is due to the omicron variant, but it is too soon to tell for sure. She said this spike is so new, and it takes at least a couple of weeks to determine which strain of COVID someone has.
“I think I think that’s not something that we can know for sure. What we see is that the sequencing or identifying that the strain with which someone is ill, that is not performed for all testing that is only performed with a sample, and it takes a couple of weeks,” Richmond-Hoover said. “It is a lag time that goes with that. But what we do know is that you know, omicron is certainly the predominant strain that we’re seeing in North Carolina at this time.”
Hoover also suspects the increase in confirmed cases is due to a combination of people feeling ill, as well as an increase in people feeling compelled to get tested. She urges everyone to get vaccinated and be precautious.