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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

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COVID-19 Case Surveillance Public Use Data

Currently, CDC provides the public with COVID-19 case surveillance data in two ways: an 12 data element public use dataset of the line-listed dataset of all COVID-19 cases shared with CDC and a 32 data element restricted access dataset of the line-listed dataset of all COVID-19 cases shared with CDC.

The following are true for both the public use dataset and the restricted access dataset:

  • Data elements can be found on the COVID-19 case report form located at

  • Data are considered provisional by CDC and are subject to change until the data are reconciled and verified with the state and territorial data providers.

  • Data are suppressed to protect individual privacy.

  • The datasets include all cases with an initial report date of case to CDC at least 14 days prior to the creation of the previously updated datasets. This 14-day lag will allow case reporting to be stabilized and ensure that time-dependent outcome data are accurately captured.

  • Datasets are updated monthly.

  • Both datasets are created using CDC’s operational Policy on Public Health Research and Nonresearch Data Management and Access and include protections designed to protect individual privacy.

  • For more information about data collection and reporting, please see

  • For more information about the COVID-19 case surveillance data, please see


The COVID-19 case surveillance system database includes individual-level data reported to U.S. states and autonomous reporting entities, including New York City and the District of Columbia (D.C.), as well as U.S. territories and states. On April 5, 2020, COVID-19 was added to the Nationally Notifiable Condition List and classified as “immediately notifiable, urgent (within 24 hours)” by a Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Interim Position Statement (Interim-20-ID-01). CSTE updated the position statement on August 5, 2020 to clarify the interpretation of antigen detection tests and serologic test results within the case classification. The statement also recommended that all states and territories enact laws to make COVID-19 reportable in their jurisdiction, and that jurisdictions conducting surveillance should submit case notifications to CDC. COVID-19 case surveillance data are collected by jurisdictions and shared voluntarily with CDC.

For more information:

The deidentified data in the public use dataset include demographic characteristics, exposure history, disease severity indicators and outcomes, clinical data, laboratory diagnostic test results, and comorbidities. All data elements can be found on the COVID-19 case report form located at

The Case Surveillance Task Force and Surveillance Review and Response Group (SRRG) within CDC’s COVID-19 Response provide stewardship for datasets that support the public’s access to COVID-19 data while protecting individual privacy.

COVID-19 Case Reports

COVID-19 case reports have been routinely submitted using standardized case reporting forms. On April 5, 2020, CSTE released an Interim Position Statement with national surveillance case definitions for COVID-19 included. Current versions of

Release Date
Homepage URL
Contact Name
Surveillance Review and Response Group
Contact Email
Public Access Level
POD Theme
Case Surveillance
Bureau Code
009:20 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Program Code
009:020 - Department of Health and Human Services - Program Management
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