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Initial and 5-day positivity rate of severe acute respiratory coronavirus virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in exposed inpatients within shared rooms during the omicron-variant dominant period

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2023

Sunghee Park
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Seung Hyun Lee
Affiliation:
Department of Infectious Control and Prevention, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Hye Jung Jung
Affiliation:
Department of Infectious Control and Prevention, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Ji Eun Shin
Affiliation:
Department of Infectious Control and Prevention, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Ji Eun Moon
Affiliation:
Department of Biostatistics, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Eun Ju Choo
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Hee Bong Shin
Affiliation:
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Tark Kim*
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
*
Author for correspondence: Tark Kim, MD, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, 170 Jomaru-ro, Bucheon 14584, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea. Email: ktocc2@naver.com

Abstract

In this observational study conducted in 2022, 12.3% of patients who shared a room with a patient positive for severe acute respiratory coronavirus virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) also had a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, either at initial screening or during a 5-day quarantine. Therefore, screening and quarantine are still necessary within hospitals for close-contact inpatients during the SARS-CoV-2 omicron-variant dominant period.

Type
Concise Communication
Copyright
© The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

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