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COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE

 

• 33,404 reported cases of COVID-19 have been detected in all 50 states.

• 539 of these cases occurred through close contact with another case.

• 449 cases occurred in persons who had traveled to international areas with sustained (ongoing) transmission and among their close contacts.

• 32,416 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of exposure.

• The number of cases of COVID-19 being reported in the US is rising quickly.

• This increase was expected given an increase in testing and ongoing rapid spread of disease across communities in the United States.

• While these numbers are concerning, the increase is not unexpected.

• More robust data will allow us to better understand and track the size and scope of the outbreak and strengthen prevention and response efforts.

• On March 20, new web content on the 15-Day Pause was posted. The 15-day pause recommended by the White House presents the entire country with an opportunity to implement actions designed to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19.

• On March 19, a new online interactive COVID-19 symptom self-checker was launched.  

• The self-checker helps users make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19 or other diseases.

• On March 18, CDC posted a new webpage with guidance for colleges and universities including:  

• Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education  

• FAQs for Administrators of Institutes of Higher Education

• On March 19, CDC posted additional guidance on COVID-19 for clinicians and health care facilities, including:  

• Guidance on infection control procedures to Protect Your Patients and Staff from COVID-19;

• Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick; and

• A Clinician Toolkit, which includes outdoor and indoor signs and patient handouts with tips for home care.

• On March 18, CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat did a Q&A on What to Expect When You’re Expecting for an audience of 16 million new and expectant mothers. Dr. Schuchat answered questions related to COVID-19 and pregnancy, infant care, and breastfeeding.

• A CDC study published March 17 shows that younger people can develop serious COVID-19 illness requiring hospitalization. This finding is different from the first reports from China. Younger people are still much less likely to die from COVID-19 than older people.  

• As of March 17, 2020, there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in corrections facilities in NY, WA and GA. Discussion of implementing releases of non-violent offenders to reduce populations incarcerated, decrease chance of spread.

• As of March 22, 91 state and local public health labs in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico have verified they are successfully using COVID-19 diagnostic tests. See map showing which states and territories have one or more laboratories that have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

• As of March 22, CDC and local and state public health laboratories had tested a total of 61,847 specimens.

• Private laboratories are increasing their testing capacity. In addition to the approximately 2,500 tests per day currently done nationally, it is projected that:

• Roche will increase their capacity up to 10,000 tests per day by end of this week

• BioReference will increase their capacity by an additional 3,000 tests per day.

• CDC is adapting some of the agency’s existing surveillance systems to better track COVID-19.  

• CDC plans to roll out a COVID-19 surveillance report next week.

• On Monday, March 16, CDC reported the first confirmed case in a CDC employee.