USA: Omicron in white-tailed deer on Staten Island, New York *1 UPDATE*

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections.

The researchers also found that one deer with Omicron already had a high level of antibodies to the virus, suggesting that it may have been previously infected....More...

Preprint: Increasing frequency of cryptic SARS-CoV-2 lineages in New York sewers

Here we report detecting increasing frequencies of novel cryptic SARS-CoV-2 lineages not recognized in GISAID’s EpiCoV database. These lineages contain mutations that had been rarely observed in clinical samples, including Q493K, Q498Y, E484A, and T572N and share many mutations with the Omicron variant of concern....More...

Cornell University: 95% Covid vaccinated, 322 infections in one week

Cornell University, which has a population of around 40,000 and a 95% Covid-19 vaccination rate, was declared a “yellow zone” after their first week of classes because 322 people there tested positive for the coronavirus during the opening “surveillance testing.”  ...More...

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. ...More...

Preprint: Cryptic Sars-CoV-2 Lineages Detected in NYC Wastewater – Possible Animal Reservoir Detected

Researchers find signs of Covid-19 mutations in NYC sewage, pointing to possible dog and rat infections.  After months of testing and re-testing, they found four combinations of COVID mutations that, when compared to a global database of more than 2.5 million sequenced variants, had not been seen before....More...

USA: Sars-CoV-2 antibodies detected in 33% of White-Tailed Deer samples

Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 were detected in 33% of the 481 samples collected from January 2020 through 2021. None of the deer populations surveyed showed signs of clinical illness associated with SARS-CoV-2. ...More...

USA: three #coronavirus vaccine breakthrough cases at the New York Yankees – UPDATED: There are now EIGHT vaccine breakthrough cases at the Yankees

The New York Yankees defied vaccine odds when two coaches and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 this week despite being fully vaccinated....More...

NEJM: In two #coronavirus vaccine breakthrough cases “examination of the SARS-CoV-2 sequences revealed that both patients were infected with variant viruses” .. “neither sequence precisely fit any known clade”

Examination of the SARS-CoV-2 sequences revealed that both patients were infected with variant viruses. Rapid identification of sequence variants by targeted PCR amplification showed that neither sequence precisely fit any known clade....More...

Event 201 – A pandemic exercise hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY

Event 201 is a pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY




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