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In New York, New York, from March 1 to May 31, 2020, 201 102 individuals were diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), resulting in 51 085 hospitalizations and 16 834 deaths.1 The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), the largest in the US, responds to nearly 1.5 million emergency medical calls per year in a city of more than 8.4 million people. Active paid FDNY responders include 4408 emergency medical service (EMS) responders and 11 230 firefighters. These FDNY responders are required to don personal protective equipment before patient contact per US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.2 In this cohort study, we compared medical leave of FDNY responders during the pandemic with prior years.
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Accepted for Publication: June 25, 2020.
Published: July 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16094
Correction: This article was corrected on August 20, 2020, to fix incorrect dates in the Results section.
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Prezant DJ et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: David J. Prezant, MD, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Contributions: Drs Zeig-Owens and Prezant had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Drs Prezant, Zeig-Owens, and Weiden contributed equally to this work.
Concept and design: Prezant, Zeig-Owens, Hurwitz, Beecher, Weiden.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Prezant, Zeig-Owens, Schwartz, Liu, Hurwitz, Beecher.
Drafting of the manuscript: Prezant, Zeig-Owens, Liu, Weiden.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Prezant, Zeig-Owens, Schwartz, Hurwitz, Beecher, Weiden.
Statistical analysis: Zeig-Owens, Schwartz, Liu, Weiden.
Obtained funding: Prezant.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Prezant, Hurwitz, Beecher.
Supervision: Prezant, Zeig-Owens.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This research was supported by the City of New York and the Fire Department of the City of New York.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funders provided data management and access but had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
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