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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) incidence after exposures in shared patient rooms in a tertiary-care center in Iowa, July 2020–May 2021

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 July 2021

Alexandra M. Trannel*
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Takaaki Kobayashi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Angelique Dains
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Oluchi J. Abosi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Kyle E. Jenn
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Holly Meacham
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Lorinda L. Sheeler
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
William Etienne
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Mary E. Kukla
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Mohammed Alsuhaibani
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
Stephanie Holley
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Kelsey Strandberg
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Alexandre R. Marra
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jeffrey Kritzman
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Bradley Ford
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Melanie Wellington
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Daniel J. Diekema
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
Jorge L. Salinas
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, United States
*
* Author for correspondence: Alexandra M. Trannel, Email: alexandra-trannel@uiowa.edu

Abstract

The incidence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) exposure in shared patient rooms was low at our institution: 1.8 per 1,000 shared-room patient days. However, the secondary attack rate (21.6%) was comparable to that reported in household exposures. Lengthier exposures were associated with SARS-CoV-2 conversion. Hospitals should implement measures to decrease shared-room exposures.

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