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To evaluate transmission potential of SARS-CoV-2 virus via fomites, three naive fomite contact hamsters were each introduced to a soiled cage that was housed by a donor from 0 to 2 dpi. The fomite contact hamsters were single-housed for 48 h inside the soiled cages, and each was then transferred to a new cage (equivalent to 4 dpi of the donor). The soiled cages were left empty at room temperature and were sampled again at 6 dpi of the donor. Surface samples and corn cob bedding were collected from the soiled cages at different time points to monitor infectious viral load and viral RNA copy numbers in the samples.