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This article is the author’s final published version in Frontiers in Oncology, Volume 11, October 2021, Article number 740320.

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Initial studies that described the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported increased morbidity and mortality in patients with cancer. Of this group, patients with hematologic malignancies (HM) had the highest disease severity and death rates. Subsequent studies have attempted to better describe how COVID-19 affects patients with HM. However, these studies have yielded variable and often contradictory results. We present our single-institution experience with patients with HM who were diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 2020 to March 2021. We report 62 total cases with 10 patients who died during this time. The overall mortality was 16.1%. Mortality during the first two waves of COVID was 27.8% and 25%. Mortality during the third wave of COVID was 10%. The median age of patients was 67 years (range 20-89 years). 55% of patients had lymphoid malignancies and the majority had active disease at the time of diagnosis with COVID-19. 87% of patients had more than one co-morbidity. Important co-morbidities included cardiovascular disease and smoking history. 38.7% of patients had asymptomatic or mild disease, 54.8% required hospitalization, and 17.5% required ICU level care. In patients who required ICU level care, the mortality was 60%.

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