By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is adding 822 cases of COVID-19 to the state data for reinfection. Those cases meet the standard national criteria to define those who have had a second infection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The cases range from August 2020 to Sunday, the last day of February. Those cases represent 0.19% of the total case count in Colorado.

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According to the CDPHE, “the criteria the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to define persons with a second infection is two positive molecular amplification tests, such as a PCR test, separated by 90 days or longer.”

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Health officials say while reinfection is rare, it is not unexpected and that criteria used to define a new case or reinfection may change as more is learned about how long immunity lasts.

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The CDPHE continues to urge Coloradans to protect themselves by following public health protocols like hand washing, mask wearing, physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.

Jennifer McRae