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County seeing a few COVID-19 reinfections

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Laclede County now has a small number of individuals who have been reinfected with the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic first hit the area, according to Laclede County Health Department Administrator Charla Baker

“We have had at least four individuals at this point in time that have been determined to have had a reinfection,” Baker said.

She said this includes the time period since the county’s first case May 8.

She explained the guidelines for when a person is determined to be reinfected.

“If you test positive for COVID, you would have the antibodies in your system and you would, if you would test again within a 60 to 90 day period, still test positive,” she said. “ Not that you are infectious at that time, but you still will have those antibodies in your system. However, at that point in time we would not consider you a new case until you have passed the 90-day period.”

For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.

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