Carteret County ramps up testing as omicron surges

Carteret County ramps up testing as omicron surges
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - As North Carolina’s COVID-19 positivity rate nears a new record at 29.7%, Carteret County is increasing the number of days it offers testing in order to meet the high demand.

“I’ve never seen it that high in the 2 years I’ve been working with COVID,” Nina Oliver, Carteret County health director said.

Oliver says cases are spiking in the county, as they have an 11.9% positivity rate that they’d like to see at 5% or lower.

In order to mitigate the surge in cases and help county residents, the health department has bumped up the number of days it offers testing.

Oliver says demand for COVID-19 vaccines has not increased, but rather stayed relatively consistent.

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