Dr. Lee Norman discusses COVID-19 double infections

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 11:32 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - New evidence shows that people may be able to get COVID-19 more than once.

Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Kansas has seen 67 COVID-19 related deaths since its Monday update. However, Dr. Norman says the large number is due to 60 of the deaths coming from the Office of Vital Statistics, which examines death certificates and puts COVID-19 deaths not already in EpiTrax into the tracking system, meaning only seven deaths occurred since Monday.

According to Dr. Norman, Kansas remains in the red zone of the White House COVID-19 report in positive cases and deaths. He said Kansas has 164 positive cases per 100,000 while there are 2.2 deaths per 100,000 residents. He said the state remains in the green zone for testing.

Dr. Norman also said more evidence is coming to light that people may be able to be infected by COVID-19 more than once. He said much is still unknown about the virus and that the new reinfections could be immune to the virus for a certain number of months. He said another reason for reinfections could be patients gaining immunity to the current strain of COVID-19 but could still fall to a new strain of the virus.

Dr. Norman said reinfections of COVID-19 are important to know for a vaccine. He said a COVID-19 vaccine could look like the flu vaccine, which fights four strains of influenza at once. He said both the flu and COVID-19 will be spreading this fall, begging the importance of getting a flu shot.

Oct. 14, 11:32 a.m.

Dr. Lee Norman to hold COVID-19 update

Dr. Lee Norman of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be hosting a news conference.

Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says in a news release that he will be hosting a news conference on Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. regarding COVID-19 in the state.

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