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Public Health and Health Statistics: Current Issues: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

According to the CDC, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

Information for Patients

URMC: COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Teams throughout UR Medicine have worked closely with leaders from the CDC and local and state health officials to monitor and respond to this evolving situation. Applying our expertise in the field of infectious disease and infection control, we’ve worked since January to ready our facilities, train staff, increase our communications across the clinical community, and take active steps to obtain surplus supplies of critical drugs and other items needed to care for our patients.

MedlinePlus: Coronavirus Infections

 Online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. The service provides curated consumer health information in English and Spanish with select content in additional languages.

CDC: Handwashing Instructions

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Information for Children

Coronavirus Student Guide

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus


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Situation Summary

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases 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”).

European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Daily updates from the European Union.

World Health Organization

Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Updated daily.

New York State Department of Health

Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus - was detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States.

Monroe County

With all the community concern and ongoing news about the international outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, Monroe County launched this web page to make sure the residents of Monroe County have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information possible about this dynamic situation.

University of Rochester

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) continue to address the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) at national and global levels. University of Rochester health experts and emergency preparedness officials have also been monitoring this concern locally in collaboration with Monroe County and New York State health organizations.




In light of the current situation, many media outlets have eliminated paywalls for up to date coronavirus/COVID-19 coverage. Here is a current list:

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Globe and Mail

Seattle Times

Toronto Star