Thursday, April 16, 2020

Healthcare Worker Deaths from Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update - 71 deaths, CDC Study

As of 4/15, 71 healthcare workers have died of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US. Updated numbers at: https://jontheepi.shinyapps.io/hcwcoronavirus/.

  • Roughly half of deaths occurred among Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Median age = 56 years old, range 20 - 75 years old
  • Most have occurred in Hospitals. Of note, VA hospitals have had 8 COVID-related deaths
  • New York State (13), Michigan (8), New Jersey (8), and Florida (7) are the states with most healthcare worker fatalities



The code and data for this project are available on GitHub: https://github.com/jontheepi/hcwcoronavirus

The CDC has published a study and found only 27-related deaths, highlighting shortcomings in recording deaths and occupation, and recording the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers:https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e6.htm?s_cid=mm6915e6_x.

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