On January 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) confirmed the first United States case of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, in Snohomish County, Washington. In only three short months, cases of COVID19 have been reported across all fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands, ballooning to over 1.26 million confirmed cases with an unprecedented seventy-five thousand lives already lost.

During this time of uncertainty, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) is focused on ensuring a rapid, evidence-based response to the COVID-19 outbreak, while also working to protect the physical and mental well-being of those that are most vulnerable.

This microsite is designed to support and promote the dissemination of factual, evidence-based, up-to-date stories and information from the NCDP team, other Columbia faculty, and the CDC in order to combat widespread misinformation and confusion and to provide thought leadership and best practices for a variety of audiences.

Some of our resources include:

Cher’s Message to Hidalgo County, TX