Health officials have confirmed a third case of the Omicron variant in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) said Thursday that an unvaccinated Atlanta metro resident with no recent history of international travel had the variant. The individual has mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is isolating himself at home. The search for the contracts is ongoing, DPH said.

On December 3, the first case of the Omicron variant was detected in a Georgia resident who is currently recovering in New Jersey. On Sunday, health authorities identified a second individual located in Georgia.

Preliminary data shows that Omicron can cause less severe disease but can spread more easily than the Delta variant, DPH says. Scientists are still studying how resistant COVID vaccines and natural immunity are to Omicron, the state’s health department said.

“Over 1,000 new cases of COVID are reported daily in Georgia, 99% of which are Delta variants and primarily in unvaccinated individuals,” DPH said in a press release. “Vaccination is crucial to stop the transmission of COVID and prevent the emergence of variants. “

Amy Wenk is Editor-in-Chief of Reporter Newspapers. She can be contacted at [email protected] More by Amy Wenk