More than 3,000 people in Dane Co. has received COVID-19 more than once
More than 3,000 people in Dane Co.  has received COVID-19 more than once

More than 3,000 people in Dane Co. has received COVID-19 more than once

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MADISON, Wis. – Health authorities in Dane County say nearly 3,500 people have experienced COVID reinfection since the end of 2020.

In its latest weekly COVID-19 data snapshotPublic Health Madison & Dane County say they have tracked 3,450 reinfections between October 2020 and January 2022 – and 57.6% of these re-infections occurred in January 2022.

The ability of the Omicron variant to overcome previous immunity – whether from previous infection or COVID-19 vaccines – was one of the main reasons for the increase in reinfections last month.

Phmdc reinfections

Courtesy: Public Health Madison & Dane County

PHMDC says reinfections have accounted for about 3.3% of the county’s total cases over the past 16 months.

The CDC says it has ongoing studies looking at how often reinfections have occurred during the pandemic, who is at higher risk for COVID reinfection, and how serious reinfections are.

Overall, the average number of COVID-19 cases in Dane County over the past two weeks has continued to decline, with an average of 359 cases each day.

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The declining case numbers contributed to PHMDC’s decision earlier this week to let their county-wide indoor mask mandate expire on March 1st.

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