• COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among Health Care Personnel

    Healthcare personnel (HCP) can be exposed to SARS-CoV-2, both within and outside the workplace, increasing their risk for infection. In an analysis conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among 6,760 adults hospitalized during March 1–May 31, 2020, for whom HCP status was determined by the COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET), 5.9 percent were HCP.

    Nursing-related occupations represented 36.3 percent of HCP hospitalized with COVID-19. The median age of hospitalized HCP was 49 years, and 89.8 percent had at least one underlying medical condition, of which obesity was most commonly reported (72.5 percent).

    A substantial proportion of HCP with COVID-19 had indicators of severe disease: 27.5 percent were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), 15.8 percent required invasive mechanical ventilation, and 4.2 percent died during hospitalization. HCP can have severe COVID-19–associated illness, highlighting the need for continued infection prevention and control in healthcare settings as well as community mitigation efforts to reduce transmission.

    Read the complete CDC MMWR Report.