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Minnesota reports first COVID-19 reinfection numbers

Health commissioner says reinfections offer proof that previous COVID-19 is not surefire protection


November 2, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

COVID-19 reinfections make up only 1% of the total 797,984 infections identified through testing and reinforce the need for vaccination, state health officials said Monday.

COVID-19 hasn't been a once-in-a-lifetime event for Big Lake substitute teacher Rebecca Schwirtz - or for more than 8,000 Minnesotans like her who have tested positive more than once for the infectious disease.

Reinfection with the coronavirus has meant two prolonged COVID-19 illnesses, two basement isolations and two extended absences from work for Schwirtz and has made the 40-year-old mother of three paranoid about subsequent sniffles or coughs.

"Whoever is making these home COVID tests is making a killing," Schwirtz said, "because I buy them - as many as I can get."


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