In this nationwide study, we estimated that more than 1 in 30 hospital workers were infected during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in France. Workers were at higher risk of infection in regions with a cumulative rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients above the national rate, in primary or secondary hospitals, and in occupations with frequent and prolonged patient contacts. Targeted prevention campaigns should be organized.
We launched a survey in April 2020 to assess the number and proportion of hospital workers infected during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in France, and to assess the attributable mortality. All French hospital settings (HS) were invited to declare new cases and attributable deaths by occupation category each week. Between March 1 and June 28, 2020, participating HS accounted for 69.5% of the total number of HS workers in France, and declared 31,088 infected workers; 16 died from the infection. We estimated that 3.43% (95% CI: 3.42–3.45) of French workers in HS, and 3.97% (95% CI: 3.95–3.99) of healthcare workers were infected during the first wave. Workers in regions with a cumulative rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients equal or above the national rate, HS other than tertiary hospitals, or occupations with frequent patient contacts were particularly impacted. Targeted prevention campaigns should be elaborated.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : COVID-19, Healthcare workers, Hospital settings