Monday, August 31, 2020

Stay Safe at the Pool and Beach

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August 31, 2020
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Stay Safe at the Pool and Beach

Staying six feet apart, wearing a mask, and washing your hands are just a few ways you can help slow the spread of COVID-19. This video includes these and more tips for how to stay safe at the pool and beach this Labor Day weekend. 
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Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Find out what to consider before, during, and after travel on our Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic web page. If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during your trip. Wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, and wash your hands. 

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Attending an Event or Gathering

If you’re attending an event or gathering, prepare before you go by checking with the organizer or event venue for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and if they have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Use social distancing and limit physical contact, wear masks, and limit contact with frequently touched surfaces. 
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Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 when visiting parks and recreational facilities. Visit areas that are close to your home, avoid crowded parks or campgrounds, stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with, wear a mask, and wash your hands often.
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Hosting Gatherings or Cook-outs

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when hosting gatherings or cook-outs. Remind guests to stay home if they’re sick, host gatherings outdoors if possible, arrange chairs to allow for social distancing, and don’t shake hands, give hugs, or do elbow bumps. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of August 31, 2020

In the United States, there have been 5,972,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

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Friday, August 28, 2020

New Web Page on How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

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New Web Page on How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Visit our new web page to learn How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask. Wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.


Making a decision about selecting a mask can be confusing. This new web site provides tips on how to choose your masks. 

DO choose masks that

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps

DO NOT choose masks that

  • Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl
  • Have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape
  • Are intended for healthcare workers, include N95 respirators or surgical masks

Find out more about how to select masks, face shields, gaiters and the best mask for people who wear glasses.


This new page also provides information on how to wear your mask and also on how NOT to wear your masks. Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

  • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask
  • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it

Do NOT wear a mask around your neck, on your forehead, under your nose, only on your nose, on your chin, dangling from one ear, on your arm.

For more information about wearing, cleaning, and making masks, see our Masks web site. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Subscribe to the new MMWR Podcast Series

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August 24, 2020
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Subscribe to the new MMWR Podcast Series

MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR Editor-in-Chief Dr. Charlotte Kent provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every Monday.

COVIDView a Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity

Percentage of Visits for ILI by Age Group Reported by A Subset of ILINet Providers

COVIDView provides a weekly summary and interpretation of a variety of surveillance systems that will be used to track the progression and severity of COVID-19 disease throughout the course of the pandemic. The data summarized in COVIDView draws from a combination of existing influenza and viral respiratory disease surveillance systems, syndromic surveillance systems, and reporting of laboratory results. 

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Test for Current Infection 

People who should get tested include those who have symptoms of COVID-19, people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, people who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, or state health department.
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Schools and Childcare Programs

Access resources for school administrators on the latest science on transmission risk, the costs and benefits of opening schools, and principles and mitigation strategies to use when school is open. Also included are resources for parents including a decision-making tool to help parents and caregivers weigh the risks and benefits of their options, and tips to help plan for school, including in-person, virtual, and at-home learning. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of August 24, 2020

In the United States, there have been 5,682,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30329   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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