Reporting COVID-19 in the United States

Updated: July 30, 2020

For Healthcare Providers

For Health Departments

Reporting a Case of Coronavirus COVID-19

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a standardized approach to collecting data to characterize COVID-19 cases. These data are needed to track the impact of the outbreak and inform public health response.[1]
  • The COVID-19 Case Report Form (PDF) is designed to collect key information on PUIs and laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case-patients, including:
    • Demographic, clinical, and epidemiologic characteristics
    • Exposure and contact history
    • Course of clinical illness and care received
    • For instructions on completing the from see COVID-19 Case Report Form Instructions (PDF)

How to Submit a Report on a Case

Jurisdictions that are not sending samples to CDC for laboratory testing

The jurisdiction should enter cases into CDC’s electronic reporting system with the jurisdiction-issued nCoV ID, unless other arrangements to transmit data have been approved by CDC.

Jurisdictions that are sending specimens to CDC for laboratory testing

This document provides supplemental guidance regarding specimen collection, storage, and shipping to CDC laboratories. This is in addition to CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19 clinical specimens.

  • Provide an nCoV ID with all specimens submitted to CDC
    • If an nCoV ID is missing, CDC laboratories will freeze the sample, and CDC staff will reach out to the point-of-contact listed on the submission form. CDC will test the specimen once the nCoV ID has been submitted.
    • Current CDC guidance recommends collection of a single respiratory nasopharyngeal (NP) swab.
  • Include the nCoV ID on all Case Report Forms, specimen testing submission documents (i.e., form 50.34 or GFAT), and shipping labels

Phone Numbers of State Health Department in the US

Please email preparedness@cste.org to report any changes to the designated phone numbers.

For State Epidemiologists’ contact information, please click here: https://www.cste.org/page/StateEpi.

Jurisdiction

After Hours/Epi-on-Call Phone Number

Infectious Disease Outbreak-Related Questions

Alabama

(800) 338-8374

(800) 338-8374

Alaska

(800) 478-0084

(800) 478-0084 or
(907) 269-8000

America Samoa

(684) 733-4924

(684) 733-4924

Arizona

(480) 303-1191

(480) 303-1191

Arkansas

(501) 661-2136

(501) 661-2136 or
(501) 661-2142

California

(916) 328-3605

(916) 328-3605

California, LA County

(213) 974-1234

(213) 240-7941

California, San Francisco

(415) 554-2830

(415) 554-2830

Colorado

(303) 370-9395

(303) 692-2700

Connecticut

(860) 509-8000

(860) 509-8000

Delaware

(888) 295-5156

(302) 744-4700 or
(888) 295-5156

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

N/A

Florida

(850) 245-4401

(850) 245-4401

Georgia

(866) 782-4584

(866) 782-4584

Guam

(671) 888-9276

(671) 888-9276

Hawaii

(808) 600-3625

(808) 586-4586 or
(808) 600-3625

Idaho

(800) 632-8000

(208) 334-5939

Illinois

(800) 782-7860 or (217) 782-7860

(800) 782-7860 or
(217) 782-7860

Illinois, Chicago

(312) 744-5000

(312) 744-5000

Indiana

(317) 233-1325

(317) 233-1325

Iowa

(800) 362-2736

(800) 362-2736 or
(515) 323-4360

Kansas

(877) 427-7317

(877) 427-7317

Kentucky

(888) 973-7678

(888) 973-7678

Louisiana

(800) 256-2748

(800) 256-2748

Maine

(800) 821-5821

(800) 821-5821

Maryland

(410) 795-7365

(410) 795-7365

Massachusetts

(617) 983-6800

(617) 983-6800

Michigan

(517) 335-9030

(517) 335-9030

Minnesota

(651) 201-5414

(651) 201-5414 or
(877) 676-5414

Mississippi

(601) 576-7400

(601) 576-7400

Missouri

(800) 392-0272

(800) 392-0272

Montana

(406) 444-0273

(406) 444-0273

Nebraska

(402) 471-2937

(402) 471-2937

Nevada

(775) 400-0333

(775) 400-0333 or
(775) 843-4673

Nevada, Las Vegas

(702) 759-1300

(702) 759-1300

New Hampshire

(603) 271-5300

(603) 271-5300 or
(603) 271-4496

New Jersey

(609) 392-2020

(609) 826-5964

New Mexico

(505) 827-0006

(505) 827-0006

New York

(866) 881-2809

(866) 881-2809

New York, New York City

(866) 692-3641

(866) 692-3641

North Carolina

(919) 733-3419

(919) 733-3419

North Dakota

(701) 220-0819

(701) 328-2270 or
(701) 328-2378

Northern Mariana Island

N/A

N/A

Ohio

(614) 995-5599

(614) 995-5599

Oklahoma

(405) 271-4060

(405) 271-4060

Oregon

(971) 673-1111

(971) 673-1111

Pennsylvania

(717) 787-3350

(877) 724-3258 or
(717) 787-3350

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

(215) 686-4514

(215) 686-4514

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

(412) 687-2243

(412) 687-2243

Puerto Rico

(787) 679-6257 or (787) 399-9565

(787) 679-6257 or
(787) 399-9565

Rhode Island

(401) 276-8046

(401) 276-8046 or
(401) 222-2577

South Carolina

(888) 847-0902

(803) 898-0861 or
(888) 847-0902

South Dakota

(605) 773-3737

(800) 592-1861

Tennessee

(615) 741-7247

(615) 741-7247

Texas

(512) 221-6852

(512) 221-6852

Texas, Dallas

(877) 605-2660

(214) 819-2004 or
(877) 605-2660

Texas, Harris County

(713) 755-5000

(713) 755-5000

Texas, Houston

(832) 393-5080

(832) 393-5080

Texas, San Antonio

(210) 207-8876

(210) 207-8876

Utah

(888) 374-8824

(888) 374-8824

Vermont

(802) 863-7240

(802) 863-7240

Virgin Islands

N/A

N/A

Virginia

UPDATED

(877) 275-8343

Washington

(206) 418-5500

(206) 418-5500

Washington D.C.

(844) 493-2652

(844) 493-2652

West Virginia

(304) 558-5358 Ext. 1

(304) 558-5358, Ext: 1

Wisconsin

(608) 258-0099

(608) 258-0099 or
(608) 267-9003

Wyoming

(888) 996-9104

(888) 996-9104

Source: After Hours/Epi-on-call Contact List for States. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologiests (CSTE). March 13, 2020.[2]

See Also

References

  1. Information for Health Departments on Reporting a Person Under Investigation (PUI) or Laboratory-Confirmed Case for COVID-19. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed 30 July 2020. [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/reporting-pui.html]
  2. After Hours/Epi-on-call Contact List for States. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologiests (CSTE). March 4, 2020. [https://www.cste.org/page/EpiOnCall]
Last updated: July 30, 2020