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NEW YORK – About 16 percent of discharged COVID-19 patients later tested positive on an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, a new study has found. 

Researchers from the Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical University followed nearly 70 COVID-19 patients following their release from the hospital. A portion of the patients in this case series study tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after being discharged, though did not exhibit any symptoms of disease at that time. 

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