Coronavirus News and Updates

Until more information becomes available, precautions should be taken in handling specimens that are suspected or confirmed for SARS-CoV-2.
Considerations for Monitoring and Evaluation of Mitigation Strategies Implemented in K-12 Schools
Most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults.

Contact Tracing: Frequently Asked Questions for Health Departments
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
CDC works with partners to bring together weekly forecasts for COVID-19 deaths in one place. These forecasts have been developed independently and shared publicly. It is important to bring these forecasts together to help understand how they compare with each other and how much uncertainty there is about what may happen in the upcoming four weeks.
This toolkit will help health departments develop their communications with communities about COVID-19 contact tracing.

Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious diseased. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people who they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread. For COVID-19, this includes asking people with cases to isolate and their contacts to quarantine at home voluntarily.
Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tips to keep children healthy while school's out
Learn about COVID-19 forecasts and modeling for new cases.

Learn about COVID-19 forecasts and modeling for new hospitalizations.
Engaging Community Health Workers to Support Home-based care for people with COVID-19 in low-resource settings
COVID-19 Partner Update Call - Women, Caregiving, and COVID-19: A Delicate Balancing Act - September 14, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions: Calculating Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RT-PCR Laboratory Test Percent Positivity

The page provides guidance to health departments regarding critical points for consideration in the transfer of COVID-19 cases and contacts between health jurisdictions.
Today, CDC released indicators to help schools make dynamic decisions about in-person learning as local conditions evolve throughout the pandemic.
Management of Visitors to Healthcare Facilities in the Context of COVID-19: Non-US Healthcare Settings

Operational Considerations for Personal Protective Equipment in the Context of Global Supply Shortages for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: non-US Healthcare Settings
CDC has received many questions about digital tools being used globally to response to COVID-19. Tools include those used for contact tracing and surveillance, among other activities. This guide describes how each tool functions and other details. The document is meant to be a dynamic resource that will be routinely updated as additional tools are reported from the field offices and as additional questions about the functional elements arise.

Interim Operational Considerations for Public Health Management of Healthcare Workers Exposed to or Infected with COVID-19: non-US Healthcare Settings
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Sharing and Shifting Tasks to Maintain Essential Healthcare During COVID-19 in Low Resource, non-US settings
Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.

Refugees to the United States, especially those who are recently resettled, may be in living or working conditions that put them at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is to avoid exposure to this virus and follow these everyday preventative actions.
We do not have information from published scientific reports about the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19.
This guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.
As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.
COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day.
Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education with Students Participating in International Travel or Study Abroad Programs
Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
This guidance outlines key considerations for states and healthcare systems to consider strategies for transferring patients, staff, and supplies between health facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and minimize use of crisis care standards. One option is the identification of relief healthcare facilities and establishing or coordinating with existing federal, state, or regional Medical Operation Coordination Cells (MOCC). The implementation of the elements highlighted in this guidance can be found in the Federal MOCC Toolkit reference throughout.

As part of your everyday prevention actions clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. For example: tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.

CDC offers considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Calculating Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Laboratory Test Percent Positivity: CDC Methods and Considerations for Comparisons and Interpretation
Considerations for Owners and Operators of Multifamily Housing Including Populations at Increased Risk for Complications from COVID-19

The trainings listed below are for public health professionals or the general public who are interested in becoming a contact tracer, case investigator or public health professional who already serve in these roles and are seeking to improve their knowledge.
Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19 Prevention Policies in Retail and Services Businesses

CDC offers considerations for ways in which schools can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Prioritizing non-healthcare worksite assessments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.
Learn about hospital surveillance (rates) and how that information helps find who is most at risk for severe illness and death, including important demographic information
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


Operational Considerations for Adapting a Contact Tracing Program to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Communication Toolkit for Transportation Partners to Inform Road Travelers
Communication Toolkit for Airlines to inform Travelers and Crew

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.
Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
Providing Care and Treatment for People Living with HIV in Low-Resource Non-US Settings During COVID-19 Pandemic
Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide an update to media on the COVID-19 response.
CDC COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy: Accelerating Progress Towards Reducing COVID-19 Disparities and Achieving Health Equity
This page includes information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers and travel-related industries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study that specifically examines how COVID-19 is affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) - one of the racial and ethnic minority groups at highest risk from the disease. CDC found that in 23 selected states, the cumulative incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among AI/AN was 3.5 times that of non-Hispanic whites.

Information when managing pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Monitoring and Evaluation Action Guide: Wearing Masks as a COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategy
Operational Considerations for Maintaining Essential Services and Providing Prevention, Care, and Treatment for Tuberculosis (TB) in Low-Resource non-US Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This page includes interim guidance and resources for laboratory professionals working with specimens from persons under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Operational Considerations for Immunization Services during COVID-19 in Non-US Settings Focusing on Low-Middle Income Countries

Infection prevention and control information for non-US healthcare settings and non-US national government officials working on COVID-19 response.
Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
When CDC needed quick answers about how COVID-19 spreads within households, Dr. Hannah Kirking knew she could count on her family - her Epidemic Intelligence Service family, that is.

Guidance for return to work healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed COVID-19, or who have suspected COVID-19 (e.g., developed symptoms of a respiratory infection [e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever] but did not get tested for COVID-19).

Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.
Guidance intended to provide key actions that local and state health departments, homelessness service systems, housing authorities, emergency planners, healthcare facilities, and homeless outreach services can take to protect people experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19.
Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Interim Considerations for Health Departments for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Homeless Shelters and Encampments
It's hard enough to fight COVID-19 when it's spreading throughout a community. It's more complicated when it reaches into an institution like a jail, where measures like social distancing are tougher to institute.

Screening clients for respiratory infection symptoms at entry to homeless shelters
Recommendations for Disaster Sheltering of Household Pets, Service Animals, and Support Animals during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tools and resources for occupational safety and health professionals and state and local public health officials assessing meat and poultry processing facilities.
Interim Guidance for Use of Pooling Procedures in SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic, Screening, and Surveillance Testing

Public Health Recommendations for People in U.S. Communities Exposed to a Person with Known or Suspected COVID-19, other than Health Workers or other Critical Infrastructure Workers
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset of symptoms.

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 When Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities
This guidance outlines key considerations for states and healthcare systems to consider strategies for transferring patients, staff, and supplies between health facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and minimize use of crisis care standards. One option is the identification of relief healthcare facilities and establishing or coordinating with existing federal, state, or regional Medical Operation Coordination Cells (MOCC). The implementation of the elements highlighted in this guidance can be found in the Federal MOCC Toolkit reference throughout.
Operational Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control in Outpatient Facilities: non-U.S. Healthcare Settings
Actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the transmission of the virus in communities.
When CDC needed quick answers about how COVID-19 spreads within households, Dr. Hannah Kirking knew she could count on her family - her Epidemic Intelligence Service family, that is.
To aid healthcare professionals and hospitals, CDC has developed two checklists that identify key actions that can be taken now to enhance preparedness for potential or confirmed patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Although the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people with HIV is not known, people with HIV may have concerns and questions related to their risk.
Evidence used to update the list of underlying medical conditions that increase a person's risk of severe illness from COVID-19
Operational Considerations for Maintaining Essential Services for and Providing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Healthcare in Low-Resource Countries
With extensive participation from US clinical and public health laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector, the SPHERES consortium aims to generate information about the virus that will strengthen COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
This document presents considerations from CDc's perspective for implementing the shielding approach in humanitarian settings as outlined in guidance documents focused on camps, displaced populations and low-resource settings. Considerations are based on current evidence known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and may need to be revised as more information becomes available.

Preventing COVID-19 spread in schools, workplaces, and communities.
Resources and interim guidelines for laboratory professionals working with specimens from persons with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Guidance on preparing for, preventing, and managing the spread of COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities.

Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness, transmission efficiency, and the duration of viral shedding for persons with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This guidance is based on available information about COVID-19 and subject to change as additional information becomes available.

Guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, protect their employees, volunteers, and members, and communicate with their communities.
Guidance and tools to help youth sports administrators and coaches make decisions, protect their players and staff, and communicate with their communities.
Guidance and tools to help businesses make decisions, protect their staff, and communicate with their communities.
This guidance is to assist healthcare facilities in mitigating healthcare personnel staffing shortages that might occur because of COVID-19.
CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield and HHS Chief Information Officer Jose Arrieta Remarks on HHS Protect

Guidance for all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.
If essential malaria interventions are significantly disrupted due to COVID-19 challenges, numbers of malaria cases will significantly increase, and death rates could double.
Purpose: This document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of eye protection in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning; for those, healthcare facilities can refer to COVID-19 preparedness plans.
Guidance for healthcare professionals who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.

Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
Americans are increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the latest science may convince even more to do so.
Research Use Only CDC Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay Real-Time RT-PCR Primers and Probes

Guidance and tools to help youth sports administrators and coaches make decisions, protect their players and staff, and communicate with their communities.
Guidance on the cleaning and disinfection of households where persons under investigation (PUI) or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation.
CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.

Health care providers should contact their local/state health department immediately to notify them of patients with fever and lower respiratory illness who they suspect may have COVID-19.
Social Distancing for Tribal Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
Considerations for Providing Hemodialysis to Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Acute Care Settings
CDC is conducting a nationwide COVID-19 seroprevalence survey in 25 U.S. metropolitan areas to understand the percentage of people in the United States who may have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Information on how CDC is monitoring and tracking COVID-19 including defining cases, collecting information about cases, reporting cases, tracing contacts, and characterizing the impact of disease.

Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Interim Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education Administrators for SARS-CoV-2 Testing
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors. For up-to-date information, visit CDC's coronavirus disease 2019 situation summary page.

Actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the transmission of the virus in communities.
Guidance for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation1 of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, including persons under investigation.
Purpose: This document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of facemasks in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning; for those, healthcare facilities can refer to COVID-19 preparedness plans.

CDC has published guidance to support Direct Service Providers (DSPs), including personal care attendants, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, therapists, and others as they support people with disabilities for COVID-19.
Considerations for Pharmacies during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This toolkit provides recommendations for public health and animal health officials involved in managing companion animals diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2.
Standardized procedure for broad-based testing for SARS-CoV-2 in congregate settings: Considerations for health departments and healthcare providers
Framework for Implementation of COVID-19 Community Mitigation Measures for Lower-Resource Countries ​
CDC offers considerations for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Guidance for seafood processing workers and employers on protection from COVID-19.

Guidance for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Staff for the Establishment and Management of Public Health Rapid Response Teams for Disease Outbreaks: COVID-19 Disease Supplement
Answers to frequently asked questions about how to play sports safely during COVID-19.

Recommended Precautions for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations