New York State Department of Health Partnering with New York Genome Center & Rockefeller University on Genome Study to Understand COVID-19 Related Illnesses in Children, Including Those Resembling Kawasaki Disease & Toxic Shock-Like Syndrome

On May 9, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced ( that the New York State Department of Health is partnering with the New York Genome Center (NYGC) and The Rockefeller University, both in New York City, to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-19-related illnesses in children. Recently, there have been 73 reported cases with three deaths in New York in children with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease ( and toxic shock-like syndrome ( The study will involve sequencing samples collected from affected pediatric patients across hospitals in New York State, and actionable results will be shared with the patients’ clinicians. Clinical case review meetings and other multi-institutional collaborations will involve members of the COVID-19 Genomics Research Network ( organized by the NYGC. [NYGC press release] [New York Governor's press release] [COVID-19 Genomics Research Center] [New York Genome Center]
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