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Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Community Hospital

Educational Objective
To understand the prevalence of COVID-19 infection among Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Community Hospital
1 Credit CME

New York City and its surrounding metro area have emerged as an epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide. A recent population survey1 for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies among those in New York state shows a prevalence of 21.2% in New York City and 16.7% in Long Island. Across the US, up to 11% of reported COVID-19 cases were found to be in health care professionals,2 but the true prevalence of COVID-19 among health care workers is unknown. The aim of the present study is to establish the rate of COVID-19 among health care workers by widespread screening for SARS-CoV-2 exposure.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Allen Jeremias, MD, MSc, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, 100 Port Washington Blvd, #105, Roslyn, NY 11576 (allen.jeremias@chsli.org).

Published Online: August 11, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.4214

Author Contributions: Drs Nguyen and Pollack 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: Jeremias, Levine, Thakore.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Jeremias, Nguyen, Pollack, Engellenner, Thakore, Lucore.

Drafting of the manuscript: Jeremias, Nguyen.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Levine, Pollack, Engellenner, Thakore, Lucore.

Statistical analysis: Nguyen, Pollack.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Nguyen, Levine, Engellenner, Thakore, Lucore.

Supervision: Jeremias.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: Guy Aristide, MD (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center); J. Jane Cao, MD, MPH (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center); Gary Gecelter, MD; Ronald J. Gulotta, MD (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center); Maya A. Jeremias (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center); Stefan M. Muehlbauer, MD, PhD; Patrick O’Shaughnessy, MD (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center); Newell Robinson, MD; Richard Shlofmitz, MD (St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center). None of the contributors was compensated and none reported any conflicts or disclosures.

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