The IAFF is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the latest information and guidance.
February 26 – The global death toll neared 2,800 with a total of about 80,000 confirmed infection cases reported globally.
February 13 – The death toll in mainland China hit 1,300, with nearly 60,000 infections recorded. Meanwhile, Japan confirmed its first death from the virus.
February 18 – There were approximately 400 U.S. citizens onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The U.S. government disembarked the majority of the U.S. citizens from the ship and brought them back to the United States on February 18. Of those brought back, 14 passengers tested positive for COVID-19 and are being treated at a medical facility in Omaha, Nebraska. The other passengers will be subject to a 14-day, federal quarantine and be housed at two existing federal quarantine sites for repatriated travelers: Travis Air Force Base in California and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.
January 31 – The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) declared a public health emergency in the United States on January 31, 2020. The emergency declaration gives state, tribal and local health departments the ability to request that DHHS provide funding, supplies and resources to respond to COVID-19.
January 30 – WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020, after they identified that the novel coronavirus is expected to continue spreading internationally and may appear in any country.
January 27 – The CDC has raised the travel advisory to a Level 3 warning: Avoid all nonessential travel to China. Chinese authorities are imposing quarantines and restricting travel throughout the country. There is also a Level 4 warning to not travel to the Hubei province, China, due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.
January 17 – As a second death was reported in Wuhan, health authorities in the U.S. announced that three airports would start screening passengers arriving from the city. Authorities in the United States, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed cases over the following days.
January 7 – Officials announced they had identified a new virus, according to the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold.
December 31, 2019 – China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. The virus was unknown.