Skip to main content

Possible COVID-19 'reinfection' documented by La Crosse County officials

The patient has tested positive on occasions more than three months apart.

An individual who was thought to have recovered from one bout with COVID-19 has tested positive for the virus for a second time. 

The tests came more than three months apart, according to the La Crosse County Health Department, which said Tuesday that it is the "1st time that an individual person has been counted in our case count twice due to reinfection." 

Despite the same person testing positive again, there are no known cases of reinfection in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The possibility of reinfection hasn't been ruled out, but other potential explanations are that the test recognized the original infection or the test generated a false positive. 

The CDC advises individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for a second time more than three months after the original instance should be retested. 

"Persons with recurrent symptoms after the first 3 months who test positive should be considered infectious and remain isolated until they again meet criteria for discontinuation of isolation or of transmission-based precautions," the CDC says. "If reinfection is suspected, repeat isolation and contact tracing may be needed."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The county health department said it is treating this case as a reinfection, and that the patient's symptoms "were not the same the second time," the health department said in a response to an inquiry on its Facebook post. 

A patient was counted as a reinfection case in Kentucky on Tuesday as well, according to the Todd County Health Department. 

There have been no known instances of reinfection in Minnesota, the state health department confirmed to Bring Me The News. 

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, judge in dispute over Feeding Our Future case

A Ramsey County judge disputed Walz's claims that the Minnesota Department of Education was ordered by the court to resume payments to Feeding Our Future.

ambulance

2 dead, 1 with life-threatening injuries in Hwy. 7 crash

Both drivers were not wearing their seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.

Screen Shot 2022-09-25 at 11.50.33 AM

15-year-old Richfield football game shooting suspect arrested

A 16-year-old accused of instigating the altercation is also in custody.

Police tape

3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights

Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.

fire, firefighter

Woman dies after becoming trapped in Waseca house fire

Police tried to enter the home but heavy smoke prevented them from getting inside.

ambulance

1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash

The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Related

1024px-Morris_Hall_University_of_Wisconsin-La_Crosse_near_Wing_Tech_Center_Building

UW-La Crosse imposes 2 week 'Shelter in Place' after spike in COVID-19

Many students have left campus, despite the university asking them to stay put.

coronavirus, nurse

MN surrounded by states reporting record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Of 16,656 people tested in Wisconsin in the latest reporting period, more than 3,100 were positive.

Flickr - COVID testing car

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 18

The 125 ICU patients is the most in Minnesota in more than four months.

coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 31

The test positivity rate continues to increase in Minnesota.

coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, September 2

The test positivity rates in daily update are lower than they have been in recent days.

Screen Shot 2020-06-28 at 9.26.23 AM

2nd inmate at Faribault prison dies after positive COVID-19 test

More than 200 inmates at the prison have tested positive.

novel coronavirus, covid-19, sars-cov-2

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, August 6

The test positivity rate continues to rise even as testing levels increase.