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Table 2 Rates of SARS-CoV-2-infection among healthcare workers at two New Jersey hospitals (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital [RWJUH] and University Hospital Newark [UHN])

From: Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in previously undiagnosed health care workers in New Jersey, at the onset of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic

Variable # SARS-CoV-2 + / total n (%) 40/546 (7.3%) # SARS-CoV-2 + / n at RWJUH (%) 10/290 (3.5%) # SARS-CoV-2 + / n at UHN (%) 30/256 (11.7%)
Health care role
 Attending physician 2/112 (1.8%) 1/63 (1.6%) 1/49 (2.0%)
 Resident or fellow physician 3/98 (3.1%) 2/62 (3.2%) 1/36 (2.8%)
 Nurse 25/225 (11.1%) 7/123 (5.7%) 18/102 (17.7%)
 Other 10/111 (9.0%) 0/42 (0%) 10/69 (14.5%)
Primary unit1
 Emergency department 20/245 (8.2%) 8/132 (6.1%) 12/113 (10.6%)
 Medical floor 9/185 (4.9%) 5/103 (4.9%) 4/82 (4.9%)
 Operating room 13/134 (9.7%) 1/53 (1.9%) 12/81 (14.8%)
 Intensive care unit2 4/192 (2.2%) 1/111 (0.9%) 3/81 (3.7%)
 Designated COVID-19 unit 5/633 (7.9%) 1/28 (3.6%) 4/35 (11.4%)
 Other unit 14/255 (5.5%) 4/122 (3.3%) 10/133 (7.5%)
Estimated percentage of work-time spent in patients’ rooms
 < 25% 11/210 (5.2%) 1/115 (0.9%) 10/95 (10.5%)
 25–49% 7/117 (6.0%) 1/65 (1.5%) 6/52 (11.5%)
 50–74% 11/116 (9.5%) 6/66 (9.1%) 5/50 (10%)
 ≥ 75% 11/95 (11.6%) 2/39 (5.1%) 9/56 (16.1%)
 Missing 0/8 (0%) 0/5 (0%) 0/3 (0%)
Estimated percentage of patients for which PPE3 was used
 < 25% 4/87 (4.6%) 2/53 (3.8%) 2/34 (5.9%)
 25–49% 2/59 (3.5%) 1/32 (3.2%) 1/27 (3.7%)
 50–75% 4/61 (6.7%) 1/29 (3.5%) 3/32 (9.7%)
 75–99% 4/41 (9.8%) 2/17 (11.8%) 2/24/ (8.3%)
 100% 25/238 (10.5%) 4/128 (3.1%) 21/101 (10.1)
 Missing 1/60 (1.7%) 0/31 (0%) 1/29 (3.5%)
Average number of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 per shift4
 0 6/148 (4.1%) 2/82 (2.4%) 4/66 (6.1%)
 > 0- < 5 9/162 (5.6%) 0/90 (0%) 9/72 (12.5%)
 ≥ 5 24/226 (10.6%) 8/113 (7.1%) 16/113 (14.2%)
 Missing 1/10 (10.0%) 0/5 (0%) 1/5 (20%)
  1. COVID-19 coronavirus disease-2019; PPE personal protective equipment; RWJUH Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; SARS-CoV-2 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2; UHN University Hospital Newark
  2. 1 Half (50.4%) of HCW, including 15 (37.5%) of those infected, reported more than one primary unit
  3. 2 Included medical, surgical, cardiac, neurocritical, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units
  4. 3 Personal protective equipment referred to wearing gloves, gown, and a mask (surgical or N95)
  5. 4 Decimal places allowed in response