J Occup Environ Med. 2023 Mar 7. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002836. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVES: To assess the predictors of SARS-CoV-2 infection among correctional healthcare workers (HCWs).
METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review to describe the demographic and workplace characteristics of New Jersey correctional HCWs between 03/15/2020 and 08/31/2020, using univariate and multivariable analysis.
RESULTS: Among 822 HCWs, patient-facing staff had the highest incidence of infection (7.2%). Associated risk factors include being Black and working in a maximum-security prison. There were few statistically significant findings due to small total numbers (n = 47), that tested positive.
CONCLUSIONS: Correctional HCWs’ challenging work environment creates unique risk factors for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Administrative measures taken by the department of corrections may have a significant role in curbing the spread of infection. The findings can help focus preventive measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in this unique population.
PMID:36882811 | DOI:10.1097/JOM.0000000000002836