University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

COVID-19 Experience in a Wisconsin Academic Medical Center

Julie M. Kolinski, MD; Sakthi K. Sundararajan, MD; Sheila Swartz, MD; Kavita V. Naik, MD; Navdeep Gupta, MD

WMJ. 2020;119(3):198-201.

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Background: Several studies describing Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported; however, to our knowledge, no case series has been published from the Midwest.

Objective: To describe demographic characteristics and outcomes of patients admitted with COVID-19 to a Wisconsin academic medical center.

Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of data obtained for COVID-19 patients admitted from March 14, 2020, through April 19, 2020.

Results: One hundred sixty-eight patients were admitted. Outcomes measured include time in the intensive care unit (53%), mechanical ventilation (18%), and death (19%). ICU patients had higher rates of diabetes, obesity, and higher inflammatory markers. The majority of patients admitted were African American (68%).

Conclusion: This case series highlights demographic similarities and differences, as well as outcomes, among COVID-19 patients in a Wisconsin Academic Medical Center compared to those reported in other geographic regions.

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Milwaukee, Wis (Kolinski, Swartz); Department of General Internal Medicine, MCW, Milwaukee, Wis (Kolinski Sundararajan, Swartz, Naik, Gupta).
Corresponding Author: Julie M. Kolinski, MD; Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, 999 N 92nd St, Suite 560, Milwaukee, WI 53226; phone 414.337.7179; email; ORCID ID 0000-0002-2826-533X.
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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