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CDC in Action: Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Updated: Feb 25

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States. Read the latest updates on this page.


Information includes:

  • Preparing first responders, healthcare providers, and health systems

  • Establishing visibility across healthcare systems to understand healthcare use, particularly surges in demand for medical care and associated resources.

  • Conducting extensive outreach to clinical and hospital professional organizations to ensure health system preparedness.

  • Producing more than 23 guidance documents on infection control, hospital preparedness assessments, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply planning, and clinical evaluation and management (as of February 22, 2020).

  • Working closely with healthcare facilities and providers to reinforce infection control principles that recognize PPE is one component of a larger set of practices that help to limit the spread of disease.

  • Developing a range of respirator conservation strategies, including strategies to make supplies last longer (such as using alternative products like reusable respirators) and extending the use of disposable respirators.Leveraging existing telehealth tools to direct people to the right level of healthcare for their medical needs.

  • Working with supply chain partners to understand supply usage, what products are available, and when more aggressive measures may need to be taken to ensure that healthcare workers at highest risk have access to PPE.

  • Sharing information with stakeholders to help them recognize when to shift the strategies they are using.

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