CDC Emergency Operations Center Activations

CDC's Emergency Operation Center

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2019 Novel Coronavirus
(EOC Activation: January 2020-present)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center(EOC) on Monday, January 20, 2020, in order to support public health partners in responding to the outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and quickly spread around the world. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation and updates its website as information becomes available. To learn more about the outbreak, visit the outbreak Web page.

Page last reviewed: April 20, 2022