Nurses Are at High Risk for COVID Among Health Workers, C.D.C. Says

October 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified October 30, 2020

A new analysis of hospitalized patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that among health care workers, nurses in particular have been at significant risk of contracting COVID-19. These findings were released this week as a surge of new hospitalizations swept the country, with several states hitting record numbers of cases.

According to the study, about 6% of adults hospitalized from March through May were health care workers, with more than a third either nurses or nursing assistants. 27% of those hospitalized workers were admitted to the intensive care unit, and 4% died during their hospital stay. The study looked at 6,760 hospitalizations across 13 states, including California, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.

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