Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 involving residents receiving dialysis in a nursing home - Maryland, April 2020

Benjamin F. Bigelow, Olive Tang, Gregory R. Toci, Norberth Stracker, Fatima Sheikh, Kara M. Jacobs Slifka, Shannon A. Novosad, John A. Jernigan, Sujan C. Reddy, Morgan J. Katz

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Abstract

What is already known about this topic? Residents of long-term care facilities have high COVID-19-associated morbidity and mortality. More information is needed about SARS-CoV-2 introduction and transmission in nursing homes. What is added by this report? Investigation of a COVID-19 outbreak in a Maryland nursing home identified a significantly higher prevalence among residents receiving dialysis (47%) than among those not receiving dialysis (16%); 72% were asymptomatic at the time of testing. What are the implications for public health practice? Nursing home residents undergoing dialysis might be at a higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection because of exposures to staff members and community dialysis patients. Attention to infection control practices and surveillance in nursing homes and dialysis centers is critical to preventing nursing home COVID-19 outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1093
Number of pages6
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume69
Issue number32
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management

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