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On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, COVID-19. CDC will be updating our website and other CDC materials to reflect the updated name.

Information for Health Departments on Reporting a Person Under Investigation (PUI) or Laboratory-Confirmed Case for COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the newly emerged coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. To prevent further spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to collect information to better understand the virus and its impact on health outcomes, CDC is working with state and local health departments to identify persons under investigation (PUI) in the United States and test them for the virus that causes COVID-19. To assist our partners, CDC has developed a form that provides a standardized approach to collecting data to characterize PUIs and laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. These data are needed to track the impact of the outbreak and inform public health response.

The COVID-19 Persons under Investigation and Case Report Formpdf icon 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

Additional resources to assist in the completion and analysis of the COVID-19 Persons under Investigation and Case Report Form are available:

Tips to successfully submit a PUI or Laboratory-Confirmed Case

Healthcare providers who are concerned that a patient may have COVID-19 should contact their localexternal icon or stateexternal icon health department immediately for consultation and guidance.

CDC is working closely with state and local health departments around the country to support follow-up of PUI, referral of specimens for testing, and follow-up of any laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, the following steps should be taken for specimens being tested by CDC:

For reporting jurisdictions who do not yet have the capacity to assign nCoV IDs and monitor PUIs at the jurisdictional level: Health departments who have been notified of a new PUI should contact CDC’s Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 for PUI notification prior to sending specimens or documentation to CDC. CDC will issue a nCoV identification number and provide further guidance and information necessary to ship specimens to CDC.  The CDC-issued nCoV ID should be included on both the PUI and Case Report Forms and shipping labels.

For reporting jurisdictions who are able to assign nCoV IDs and monitor PUIs at the jurisdictional level: Prior to sending laboratory samples to CDC for testing, enter information on the PUI or laboratory-confirmed cases into the CDC-provided electronic data entry platform. The jurisdiction issued nCoV ID should be included on both the PUI and Case Report Forms and shipping labels.

Please contact your state or territorial health department for more information on submitting reports of PUI and laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. State or territorial health departments with questions about investigating COVID-19 PUI or cases should contact eocevent118@cdc.gov.