The impact of perinatal severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection during the peripartum period

Published:October 20, 2020DOI:
      Our large integrated health system in New York City implemented universal screening for infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in 2019 and 2020, of all women admitted to the labor service on March 25, 2020. We also implemented universal screening of all neonates born to mothers who were SARS-CoV-2 positive. Here, we report perinatal SARS-CoV-2 infection outcomes in our population during the complete peak period of the COVID-19 incidence and inpatient volume in the New York City area, March 25, 2020, to May 15, 2020. We also describe how perinatal SARS-CoV-2 was tracked with the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in our hospitals. This information is critically important in planning for future COVID-19 outbreaks either in regions previously minimally impacted by the virus or in an anticipated future resurgence. This study aimed to assess the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on delivery and postpartum services in a single health system in New York City during the peak period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we were interested in the clinical impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the adverse pregnancy outcomes of stillbirth and preterm birth during the peak period of the pandemic. We were also interested in the volume of patients who were SARS-CoV-2 positive presenting to our labor floors compared with the volume of COVID-19 admissions to other hospital services as we prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic this fall. Our goal with this study was to provide data necessary for such service preparedness.
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