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Research Letter
March 19, 2020

Characteristics and Outcomes of 21 Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 in Washington State

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Evergreen Healthcare, Kirkland, Washington
  • 3Radia Inc, Lynwood, Washington
JAMA. 2020;323(16):1612-1614. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4326

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is an emerging health threat.1 Until February 2020, most cases were described in non-US health systems.2,3 One of the first deaths in the US was reported at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. Over the following weeks, multiple cases of COVID-19 were identified in the surrounding community and treated at Evergreen Hospital. Most were attributed to US transmission, and the majority were linked to exposures at a skilled nursing facility.

In this case series, we describe the clinical presentation, characteristics, and outcomes of incident cases of COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Evergreen Hospital to inform other clinicians treating critically ill patients with COVID-19.