COVID-19 Module

CDC’s NHSN is supporting the nation’s COVID-19 response by introducing a new COVID-19 Module.

COVID-19 Module consists of 3 pathways  -  Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Pathway, Healthcare Worker Staffing Pathway and Healthcare Supply Pathway

The COVID-19 Module consists of three pathways within NHSN’s Patient Safety Component:

  • Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Pathway
  • Healthcare Worker Staffing Pathway
  • Healthcare Supply Pathway

The Module enables hospitals to report daily counts of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses and current use and availability of hospital beds and mechanical ventilators as well as both healthcare worker staffing and supply status and availability.

NHSN, in turn, will enable state and local health departments to gain immediate access to the COVID-19 data for hospitals in their jurisdictions. COVID-19 data submitted to NHSN also will be used by CDC’s emergency COVID-19 response and by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) COVID-19 tracking system maintained in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.

The three pathways of the COVID-19 Module consists of various targeted data elements. The Module calls for reporting aggregate count data for each of the data elements on a daily basis.  While daily reporting will provide the timeliest data for response purposes, retrospective reporting of prior day(s) data is encouraged if daily reporting is not feasible. Participation in the Module does not call for patient-level data collection. The data can be submitted using manual entry, CSV file submitted by individual facilities or bulk CSV file upload for multiple facilities.

Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity


Healthcare Worker Staffing & Healthcare Supply

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alert iconFacilities looking to upload their data by working directly with a vendor will need to work with the vendor directly to provide their OrgID and establish the process.

Vendors (e.g., EHR providers, EOC providers, etc.) intending to provide COVID-19 CSV uploads on behalf of NHSN facilities please submit an inquiry to NHSN@cdc.gov with the title “Vendor Support for NHSN COVID-19 Facility Reporting.”

NHSN will follow up to confirm procedural details as the process may differ by vendor.