Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the release of provisional data on deaths due to COVID-19, as well as questions about the processes for coding deaths and guidance provided to certifiers on how to report deaths due to COVID-19 on death certificates. Additional FAQs will be added to this page as new questions are received. This page is divided into four main sections: How NCHS Collects and Reports Data on Deaths Due to COVID-19, Surveillance of Deaths Due to COVID-19, Coding Deaths Due to COVID-19, and Certifying Deaths Due to COVID-19.

How NCHS Collects and Reports Data on Deaths Due to

Surveillance of Deaths Due to COVID-19

Coding Deaths Due to COVID-19

Certifying Deaths Due to COVID-19

More Information about COVID-19 Death Data and Reporting:


  1. World Health Organization. International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th revision (ICD–10), Volume 2. 5th ed. Geneva, Switzerland. 2016.
Page last reviewed: August 24, 2020