COVID-19 Impact

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Incidence of nosocomial COVID-19 in patients hospitalized at a large US academic medical center.

Rhee C, Baker M, Vaidya V, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(9):e2020498-e.

Patients have reported delaying or forgoing routine, urgent, and emergent health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This cohort study included patients admitted to one large US academic medical center to assess the incidence of hospital-acquired COVID-19 during the first weeks of the pandemic. Among hospitalized patients who tested positive for COVID-19 (n=697) and patients discharged after non-COVID-19-related hospitalizations (n=8,370), only two cases were deemed to be hospital-acquired. These findings suggest that hospital-acquired COVID-19 was rare during the height of the pandemic and may reassure patients who are delaying or forgoing health care due to concerns about transmission.