USA: At least 125,000 vaccine breakthrough infections, 1,400 dead

At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for Covid and 1,400 of those have died, according to data collected by NBC News.  The total number of breakthrough cases is likely higher than 125,683, since nine states, including Pennsylvania and Missouri, did not provide any information, while 11, like Florida, did not provide death and hospitalization totals. Four states gave death and hospitalization numbers, but not the full tally of cases.

NBC report

 

WAPO: 35,000 symptomatic Covid-19 infections per week among 162 million vaccinated Americans

Minnesota: 222 #coronavirus vaccine breakthrough cases reported

“While the NBC News affiliate reported that more than 1.8 million Minnesotans have received at least one vaccine dose, as of April 2, the state’s Department of Health has reported 222 vaccine breakthrough cases.”

Pennlive.com report

 

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Children now playing ‘huge role’ in spread of #coronavirus variant B.1.1.7

Dr. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “Please understand, this B.1.1.7 variant is a brand new ball game,” Osterholm said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It infects kids very readily. Unlike previous strains of the virus, we didn’t see children under 8th grade get infected often or they were not frequently very ill, they didn’t transmit to the rest of the community. Anywhere you look where you see this emerging, you see that kids are playing a huge role in the transmission of this,” Osterholm said. “All the things that we had planned for about kids in schools with this virus are really no longer applicable. We’ve got to take a whole new look at this issue.”

ABC7Chicago.com report

 

 

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CDC: First Identified Cases of #SARSCoV2 Variant #P1 in the United States — Minnesota, January 2021

The first Minnesota P.1 variant case was identified in a person who became symptomatic in early January and was hospitalized for 9 days. During the case investigation, the person reported having travelled to southeastern Brazil within the 14 days before symptom onset. The patient’s travel partner, who lived in the same household, also had symptoms of COVID-19 and received a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result after returning.

CDC Report: First Identified Cases of SARS-CoV-2 Variant P.1 in the United States — Minnesota, January 2021

 

 

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Minnesota tiger tests positive for Sars-Cov-2

A tiger at a Pine County wildlife sanctuary tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, making it the second confirmed captive or domestic animal case in the state.

A Carver County house cat tested positive in June, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

“It’s a good reminder that the virus can be transmitted from people to animals,” said Dr. Beth Thompson, state veterinarian. People who test positive with COVID-19 or suspect they have it should avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection, state officials said.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-sanctuary-tiger-tests-positive-for-covid-19/600015347/?refresh=true

 

 

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Cats and dogs may need #Covid19 vaccine

Norfolk scientists have said Covid vaccinations may need to be given to our pets.

A joint study by experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Earlham Institute and the University of Minnesota has revealed that Covid-19 can affect a wide variety of animals, including dogs and cats.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,” they wrote in an editorial for the journal Virulence.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/cats-and-dogs-may-need-coronavirus-vaccine-7069290

 

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