A new analysis has found that 6% of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 early in the pandemic were healthcare workers, and 28% of those patients were sent to intensive care, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Investigators examined health data for more than 6,700 adults hospitalized between March 1 and May 31, across 13 states. Among the 6% of patients that worked in the healthcare sector:

  • 36% were in nursing-related occupations,
  • 73% had obesity,
  • 28% were admitted to an intensive care unit,
  • 16% required invasive mechanical ventilation, and
  • 4% died.

The findings, published Tuesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlight the need for continued infection prevention and control in healthcare settings as well as community mitigation efforts to reduce transmission, the researchers wrote.

Data came from COVID-NET, which conducts surveillance of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19–associated hospitalizations among people of all ages in 99 counties in 14 U.S. states. 

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