Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
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UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Information for Health Departments on Reporting Cases of COVID-19

Information for Health Departments on Reporting Cases of COVID-19
Updated Feb. 3, 2021

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the newly emerged coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is a nationally notifiable disease and reporting cases to CDC is supported by routine case notification through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS), as well as resources provided through the CDC COVID-19 response.

Reporting COVID-19 Cases to CDC

The COVID-19 worksheet pdf icon[465 KB, 5 pages] collects key information on COVID-19 case-patients, including:

  • Demographic, clinical, and epidemiologic characteristics
  • Exposure and contact history
  • Course of clinical illness and care received

The COVID-19 worksheet standardizes the reporting of information on COVID-19 cases from jurisdictional health departments to CDC. These data will help us:

  • Inform public health response to prevent further spread of SARS-CoV-2
  • Better understand the virus and its impact on health outcomes

Resources to support jurisdictional health departments submit COVID-19 case data to CDC:

Please note that the worksheet, instructions, and data dictionary were updated on January 15, 2021

Archive: Case Report Form pdf icon[201 KB, 2 pages], May 2020 (Note: this Case Report Form does not include vaccine history data). Jurisdictions may continue to use the Case Report Form as needed.