Outbreak of COVID-19 (previously 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV)

ALERT: On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. CDC will be updating its website and other CDC materials to reflect the updated name.

ALERT: February 19 Update from ACHA's new COVID-19 Task Force


Important Information for Campuses

ACHA Brief on 2019 Novel Coronavirus: What Campuses Need to Know

This ACHA Brief provides a summary of the situation as well as key points for campuses to aid in their response to COVID-19 (previously referred to as 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV).

Please also see this letter [pdf] from the CDC's Travel Health Branch to U.S. college and university student health centers and international study abroad program offices.

Additional information on the outbreak is posted below. This content will be updated automatically as the CDC posts new information.

More Resources for Campuses

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Screening Form

This screening form, developed by the University of Michigan, can be used to supplement clinical evaluation and collect answers to questions needed by the state health department in order to determine next steps. Please contact your state health department for additional guidance. Health care providers should immediately notify their local or state health department in the event of a person under investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV.

Communicating Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to the Campus Community

This template provides campuses with a guide to communicating information about 2019-nCoV to students and others on campus. The information has been adapted from the University of Michigan University Health Services website. Campuses should adapt as necessary based on their resources and if cases have occurred on campus.

Resources for Health Care Providers

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call: Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)—Interim Guidance for Clinicians

Recorded January 31, 2020.During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the current epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations, specimen collection and testing, and clinical management for patients with 2019-nCoV infection. Call information and the recorded call is available here.

ACCME Novel Coronavirus Education Resources: Accredited CME Activities

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has created a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus public health emergency. Many of these activities are available at low or no cost.