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CDC estimates more than 9,200 health care workers have been infected with covid-19

More than 9,200 health care workers have been infected with Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found in its first look at the is...

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 12:11 PM

More than 9,200 health care workers have been infected with Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found in its first look at the issue.

The number is likely an underestimate, since most reports of coronavirus cases don't include whether the person worked in healthcare.

"This national surveillance article spotlights the large number of healthcare personnel already infected with Covid-19," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC. "I think we've all learned this virus was a greater threat than we had thought."

She added that the virus spreads more quickly than was expected, especially since doctors did not at first realize the extent to which people could be infected without showing symptoms.

"The role that asymptomatic infection played was not appreciated initially," she said. "I think this virus spread more rapidly and more furtively than we may have understood initially."

The CDC reviewed data submitted from all 50 states from February 12 - April 9 and found 315,531 laboratory confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Of those cases, 9,282 were clearly identified as health care workers. That is likely an underestimate for two reasons.

One, the CDC estimate of total cases might be low. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 460,000 people in the US were infected during the CDC's timeframe, considerably higher than the CDC's estimate of 315,531.

Two, more than 80% of the CDC records didn't indicate whether the person was a health care worker.

In the report, only 3% of reported cases nationally were among healthcare workers. The authors note that in states with more complete accounting for whether the case was a healthcare worker, healthcare workers accounted for 11% of cases.

Some of the healthcare workers became infected at work, and others at home or out in the community.

According to the report, 55% reported having contact with a Covid-19 patient in the healthcare setting within the 14 days before becoming ill, 27% had contact with someone who had coronavirus at home and 13% had contact in the community. The remaining 5% had contact in more than one place.

Among the healthcare workers who had coronavirus, 90% were not hospitalized. Still, there were 184 admissions to the intensive care unit and 27 died.

Schuchat added that it was important to focus on making sure that health care workers have the protective equipment they need, and that workers need to remain vigilant.

"As fatigue sets in and as new folks enter pool of workers, we really need to reinforce how important infection control is to protect the workers and protect the patients," she said.

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Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
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Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5105427

Reported Deaths: 74781
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Los Angeles153243027225
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
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