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Asymptomatic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection continues to be a major public health concern.1 Health care workers (HCWs) are at higher risk of infection and can become inadvertent vehicles of transmission.2 Therefore, Houston Methodist initiated a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) surveillance program among asymptomatic HCWs and expanded to asymptomatic community residents. We report prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among the first group tested.
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Accepted for Publication: June 23, 2020.
Published: July 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16451
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Vahidy FS et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Roberta L. Schwartz, PhD, Houston Methodist Academic Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave, Houston, TX 77030 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Contributions: Drs Vahidy and Schwartz 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.
Concept and design: Vahidy, Boom, Drews, Finkelstein, Schwartz.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Vahidy, Bernard, Drews, Christensen, Finkelstein, Schwartz.
Drafting of the manuscript: Vahidy, Bernard.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Bernard, Boom, Drews, Christensen, Finkelstein, Schwartz.
Statistical analysis: Vahidy.
Obtained funding: Boom.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Bernard, Boom, Christensen, Schwartz.
Supervision: Boom, Drews, Schwartz.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Additional Contributions: H. Dirk Sostman, MD; Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA; and Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD (Houston Methodist Academic Institute and Weil Cornell Medicine), provided leadership and overall supervision and guidance during all phases of this project, including design, operationalization, analysis, and writing. Firas Zabaneh, MBA (Houston Methodist), led project operationalization and infection control across the hospital system. Kimberly Greer, PhD (Houston Methodist Academic Institute), assisted with scientific writing. None of these individuals were compensated for their contributions.
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