The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
The CDC has provided the below fact sheets for those with questions about the virus.
For more information about Coronavirus residents may call the NYS Departmen of Health Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.