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Thursday, January 06, 2022 1:00 am

Indiana health leader tests positive 2nd time

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s health commissioner has tested positive for COVID-19, the second time she has been infected, the state health department announced Wednesday.

Dr. Kristina Box was isolating at home after getting the results of a rapid test she took on Tuesday, the agency said. Box sought the test after experiencing symptoms including muscle aches, chills, coughing and a sore throat.

Box, who has been Gov. Eric Holcomb’s top adviser throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, previously had a mild novel coronavirus infection in October 2020 before vaccinations were available.

The health department said Box, who is fully vaccinated and received a booster dose in November, is among an estimated 113,000 Hoosiers to suffer a breakthrough COVID-19 infection during the last year.

Box has also undergone a PCR test, which will be examined to determine whether she has been infected with the highly infectious omicron variant spreading throughout the country.

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