Pennsylvania to begin counting COVID-19 reinfections

PENNSYLVANIA — Thousands of new COVID-19 cases could appear in the state Department of Health’s Monday case count as the state begins counting reinfections that were previously counted only once, officials said.

For the past 19 months, state health officials have counted one case per infected person, even if that individual contracted the virus again at some later time, our news partners at TribLive reported.

Changing national guidelines mean the state will begin counting reinfections that meet certain criteria.

Now, officials said in a release, an individual who tests positive more than once at least 90 days apart will be counted more than once. In short, if a person will be counted as a new case each time they fall ill with covid-19 as long as the infections are three months apart.

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