Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

May 10, 2020  

Mask Distribution Drive-thru
Wed. 5/13/2020 10am-2pm at the Village Marina

The Village of Nyack will be distributing masks on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Village Marina (Burd St.) between the hours of 10am - 2pm. Please note: Seniors & compromised individuals served first between 10am - 12pm. All residents welcome between 12pm - 2pm.

If you are unable to participate in this drive-thru distribution, please call 845-358-0548 ext. 283 to make arrangements to stop by Village Hall to pick-up a mask. Nyack village residency required. No walk-ups at the drive-thru please. Thank you to the Nyack Mask-Makers for volunteering to staff this event.

Please wear a mask in public, especially in our downtown area. My mask protects YOU. Your mask protects ME. Help stop the COVID-19 so we can bring back our Village, our shops, our merchants and all businesses to their fullest potential. Do your part !!

April 11, 2020

As your Mayor, I am asking that all residents continue to observe Governor Cuomo's March 22, 2020 Executive Order that closed non-essential businesses and limits outdoor activity. I am now recommending that everyone who ventures outside either for work, or necessary health or nutrition to please follow the Center for Disease Control's April 4th, 2020 recommendation to wear a cloth face covering.

I am proud to be working with a volunteer organization, Nyack Mask Makers, created by two residents, Bill Batson and Donna Timm to make it possible for everyone in Nyack to have a mask. After organizing over 300 volunteers to make 5,000 masks for health care workers, primarily at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, in two weeks, Nyack Mask Makers is now helping us provide #freemasks4all in Nyack.

In this message, I will direct you to information to either:

  • Make your own cloth masks at home for yourself, your family and your neighbors, if you are so inclined
  • Request a free cloth mask - as supplies allow

I would like to emphasize several points:

  • Your mask keeps people safe from you. Many transmissions of the virus are from people who have no symptoms and don't know that they are sick. Your neighbor's mask keeps you safe from them.
  • Wearing a mask alone does not prevent transmission. You should still stay home and only venture out for critical needs. Practice six feet of social distancing when you are outside. Wash your hands vigorously with soap. Keep a distance from anyone who is sick and distance yourself if you feel the onset of symptoms.
  • Repeatedly reusing a single-use mask is not advisable. The virus can be transmitted from any object that can not be properly sterilized. When using a cloth mask, wash it regularly with soap.

Making a Cloth Mask

Nyack resident, Mario the Magician, has made a video showing you how to transform a piece of cloth into a face covering. So easy! Thank you Mario! A flyer with Mario's instruction is below.

How to get a free cloth mask

  • Call (845) 288-3186 and leave your name, address and the number of masks you require for your family. Speak slowly and clearly and a Village of Nyack employee will arrange delivery.
  • Visit Nyack Mask Makers and complete the request for a mask form and a Village of Nyack employee will arrange delivery.

What I find most amazing about these challenging times is how much public work everyone is doing. The only way to defeat COVID-19 is for everyone to do their part. The only way to flatten the curve is through universal action.

  • Staying home is public work
  • Washing your hands is public work
  • Wearing a mask is public work

It will truly take the whole village to bring our health and our economy back. I am humbled by the responsibility of being your Mayor at this time. If you are in the position to donate time or resources to the effort to provide #freemask4all in Nyack please visit Nyack Mask Maker's.

- Mayor Don Hammond

Stay #NyackStrong! Stay home or wear a mask when in public - we can do it!

April 7, 2020
All Village of Nyack park facilities will be closed effective 5:00 pm on April 7, 2020
The Village of Nyack has, like much of Rockland County, experienced an increase in the failure of park users to comply with the CDC and Rockland County Health Department’s guidelines regarding the proper public conduct required of all responsible community members to help slow the spread of the lethal COVID-10 virus.
On April 6, 2020,  Rockland County government and several Towns within the County closed their public parks to try to prevent irresponsible public conduct, which puts all community members at risk.   To date, it has been extremely difficult for law enforcement to adequately police the failure to even comply with basic social distancing guidelines, leaving many residents at risk of infection through no fault of their own.
Therefore, the Village of Nyack has decided to follow suit and close its parks to the public on a temporary basis (21 days) to discourage pubic behavior which poses a direct threat to the health and safety of Nyack residents.
The Village is constantly evaluating responsible actions which serve to balance the public trust with health and safety of its residents.  In the event that further guidelines from public health officials lead to a determination that it is safe to open the parks for public use, the Village will act swiftly to ensure that public access to our beautiful Village restored.
All previously approved events in the Village Parks are also cancelled, and park users are directed to contact the Village Clerk to receive any fee refund due to this emergency.
The Village Board would like to acknowledge the incredible job the Montefiore Nyack Hospital staff & officials, EMTs and our Police forces during this overwhelming public health crises; they are true heroes.   The Hospital staff are resolute, but some members of the public are scared and vulnerable.  At this point most residents have been directly affected by this crises on a personal level, and we as a Village implore residents and the public to STAY HOME and STAY SAFE to protect yourself and other community members from infection.
Please,  STAY HOME and help us all stay safe.

Proper Disposal of Gloves & Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic

With the extensive use of disposable gloves and masks, we are noticing an abundance of gloves being disposed of on the ground in our parking lots and streets. Contaminated gloves and masks are a health hazard. Please have the respect for your neighbors, residents and visitors and dispose of your equipment in trash cans. If a trash can is not immediately available to you, take your gloves with you and dispose at home. Everything that ends up in the roadway finds its way into a storm drain - and eventually into the Hudson River. Please dispose of your personal protective equipment in a way that is responsible, helps to protect the environment and keeps our community safe.

Please do your part and help keep Nyack SAFE and Beautiful heart It's our Gem on the Hudson smiley

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April Cancellations & Updates

March 30, 2020

  • Village Hall remains closed to staff and public. Contact staff using the Staff Directory
  • Sustainability Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 is cancelled
  • Montefiore Nyack Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Village Hall is cancelled
  • Bulk Pick-Up scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020 - please limit to 1 or 2 pieces - or hold until May collection if possible
  • Springfest Street Fair scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020 is tentatively rescheduled to June 28, 2020
  • Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 may be held remotely - details will be provided shortly
  • Mayors Monthly Meeting at Village Hall on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 is cancelled
  • Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2020 is cancelled

Mayor Hammond's Business Community Conference Call:
 Monday, March 30, 2020  at 4pm.  Everyone is welcome to join the call ☎️ 

1. Call 1-646-992-2010
2. Access Code 798 545 037#
3. Follow prompts to join the call
4. Please limit background noise and mute to listen when you are not speaking 👍

If you are aware of anyone struggling with food insecurities and hunger please check this listing for a local resource of food pantries.

March 25, 2020
As we continue to address our respective challenges associated with COVID-19, Village government continues to operate. And as there are matters the Village must continue to address as part of keeping the Village operational, our March 26, 2020 Village Board meeting remains as scheduled. As Village Hall is closed, the meeting will have to be held remotely (see below). We will be keeping the Agenda to essential items.

On March 7, 2020, in Executive Order No. 202.1, Governor Cuomo suspended certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law to permit a Village Board to meet and take actions authorized by law without permitting in public in-person access and authorizing such meeting to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed. The Village will be activating a remote meeting platform for the March 26th Village Board meeting, which will enable residents to phone in and listen to the meeting in compliance with the Executive Order. In the interests of the public's heath and safety, the Village Board strongly encourages residents to utilize this platform. The information for accessing the meeting as it happens are set forth below, and are also are posted on the Village website.

Village of Nyack remote meeting platform access at 7:30 pm on March 26, 2020

Phone In: 1-646-992-2010

Access Code: 798 545 037#

Follow prompts to join the call.

The Village Board appreciates your patience and understanding during this difficult and evolving situation. Please be sure to check in on the Village website for updates which will be posted on an ongoing basis.

Important Information for Village residents & businesses:

  • Call the Health Department at 845-364-2585 to report non-essential construction or group gatherings.
  • Drive-through testing available at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at exit 17 on the PIP. You must call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065 for an appointment.
  • The DMV still requires state auto safety inspections. Auto Repair Shops are allowed open as an essential business.
  • Unemployment assistance at for benefits - New York State has waived the 7-day wait period.
  • for food, utility and other benefit programs
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities has suspended all service interruptions due to nonpayment. Please contact them to arrange for payment plans.
  • Optimum is offering assistance to businesses - contact them at 866-950-3278 for details
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • If you observe any illicit discharge - or suspect an illicit discharge - contact 911 immediately to report. An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water. The catch basins in the Village of Nyack travel directly into the Hudson River.

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March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update 

⚠️ Memorial Park will be closed to all vehicular traffic for safety reasons beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
The children's playground & basketball court are closed according to the Governor's PAUSE PLAN.
The Park remains accessible to people - but - please adhere to social distancing and no gathering in groups.

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March 21, 2020 COVID-19 Update 

The Village of Nyack is adhering to the Governor's  "PAUSE PLAN" and we have implemented the following measures: 

  • The Memorial Park Playground has been closed to the public
  • The Basketball Court will be closed effective March 22, 2020
  • Village Hall remains closed to both employees and the public until further notice
  • Parking Fees have been suspended until further notice
  • The Department of Public Works will be picking up the trash as scheduled - Monday & Thursdays. 

Read the details of Governor Cuomo's PAUSE PLAN 

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential health care operations including
• research and laboratory services
• hospitals
• walk-in-care health facilities
• veterinary and animal health services
• elder care
• medical wholesale and distribution
• home health care workers or aides|
• doctor and dentist offices
• nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
• medical supplies and equipment providers

2. Essential infrastructure including

• utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
• public water and wastewater
• telecommunications and data centers
• airports/airlines
• transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

3. Essential manufacturing including

• food processing, including all foods and beverages
• chemicals
• medical equipment/instruments
• pharmaceuticals
• safety and sanitary products
• telecommunications
• microelectronics/semi-conductor
• agriculture/farms
• paper products

4. Essential retail including

• grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
• pharmacies
• convenience stores
• farmer’s markets
• gas stations
• restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)|
• hardware and building material stores

5. Essential services including

• trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
• mail and shipping services
• laundromats/dry cleaning
• building cleaning and maintenance
• child care services
• auto repair
• warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
• funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
• storage for essential businesses
• animal shelters or animal care or management

6. News media

7. Financial Institutions including

• banks
• insurance
• payroll
• accounting

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
• food banks
• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction including

• skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers|
• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense

• defense and natural security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including

• law enforcement
• fire prevention and response
• building code enforcement
• security
• emergency management and response
• building cleaners or janitors
• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
• automotive repair
• disinfection
• doormen

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including

• logistics
• technology support
• child care programs and services
• government owned or leased buildings
• essential government services

Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 500 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance.

March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Update from Village Hall

The Governor's 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a tele-health visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations;and
10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

"Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:

  • Remain indoors;
  • Can go outside for solitary exercise;
  • Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
  • Do not visit households with multiple people;
  • Wear a mask when in the company of others;
  • To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
  • Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

This is an urgent time for our Nation, our State and our beloved Village and it's residents. Governor Cuomo is taking these big steps to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect all of us. We all need to do our part. Please, be kind to one another but from afar, keep in touch with those you love via email and telephone and follow these stringent and important guidelines laid out by those at the very front line of this battle.

March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Special Update from Village Hall

Nyack Village Hall will remain closed to the public and employees until March 27, 2020. There has been no public or employee access since Wednesday, March 18, 2020, which is required by the Rockland County Healthy Department protocol due to a potential exposure that has been reported at Nyack Village Hall.  All Village offices are available by e-mail and voicemail. We will return any voicemail messages and respond as quickly as possible to public inquiries. The Department of Public Works will continue to provide residential garbage pick-up as scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays. Please refer to the Village Hall Staff Directory for contact information.

It should also be noted that the Rockland County Health Department is reporting potential exposure to COVID-19 at the First Church of Nyack:

First Church of Nyack, 187 Main St., Nyack, NY 10960

  • Potential exposure date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Self-quarantine until Monday, March 23, 2020 if present on March 8, 2020

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician or call the NYS COVID-19 HOTLINE 24/7 AT 1-888-364-3065 for guidance.

Drive through testing is now available in Rockland County at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. You must contact the 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for an appointment. Testing is only available by appointment and the NYS Department of Health will evaluate your need when you call. If they determine you should have a test, they will schedule the appointment.

Rockland County Department of Health regularly updates potential exposure locations. Sign up for notifications or check their website daily for updated information.

We continue to urge residents to STAY HOME. It is imperative that we all do our part to slow the spread of the virus. When you must leave your home for essential supplies, practice proper social distancing by staying at least six feet from others, complete your business efficiently and return home. Once you return home, wash your hands thoroughly. These are extraordinary and frightening times. It is imperative that we do the best we can to stay calm, that we check on vulnerable friends and neighbors and we obey our public officials and our health experts. If we all work together (while far apart) we will contribute to the containment of the virus and help to shorten these difficult times.

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


All measures up to this point are precautionary and educational in nature.  All protective actions, educational material, and guidelines must be in strict compliance with CDC guidelines.  Please continue to check this website for the most updated information. Emergency Management will share pertinent information as it becomes available. For the most updated information visit: Center for Disease Control

What You Should Know

What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at CDC list of US Coronavirus Cases..

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at CDC information about Coronavirus Transmission.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What are severe complications from this virus?

Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.

How can I help protect myself?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Who is at higher risk?

Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease.

If you are at higher risk because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease. If you are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Take every day precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • Reduce your risk of being exposed.



Q: How can I help protect myself?

A: Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

Q: What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

A: There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.

Q: Does CDC recommend the use of facemask in the community to prevent COVID-19?

A: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Medical Information

Q: What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Q: Should I be tested for COVID-19?

A: If you develop a fever1 and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after international travel, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact. If you have had close contact2 with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from areas known to be affected by the virus, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Q: How do you test a person for COVID-19?

A: At this time, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be conducted only at CDC.

State and local health departments who have identified a person under investigation (PUI) should immediately notify CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to report the PUI and determine whether testing for COVID-19 at CDC is indicated. The EOC will assist local/state health departments to collect, store, and ship specimens appropriately to CDC, including during afterhours or on weekends/holidays.

For more information on specimen collection see CDC Information for Laboratories.

Q: Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?

A: Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.

For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.

Q: What should healthcare professionals and health departments do?

A: For recommendations and guidance on persons under investigation; infection control, including personal protective equipment guidance; home care and isolation; and case investigation, see Information for Healthcare Professionals. For information on specimen collection and shipment, see Information for Laboratories. For information for public health professional on COVID-19, see Information for Public Health Professionals.


Public Health Response and Current Situation

Q: What is CDC doing about COVID-19?

A: This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. CDC works 24/7 to protect people’s health. More information about CDC’s response to COVID-19 is available online.

Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?

A: This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

Q: Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?

A: Yes. The first COVID-19 case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The first confirmed instance of person-person-spread with this virus in the U.S. was reported on January 30, 2020. See the current U.S. case count of COVID-19.

Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?

A: There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.

Q: Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

A: It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months.  At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer.  There is much more to learn about the transmissability, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

COVID-19 and Animals

Q: What risks do animals or animal products imported from China pose?

A: CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) play distinct but complementary roles in regulating the importation of live animals and animal products into the United States. CDC regulates animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health, USDA Department of Agriculture animals and animal products that pose a threat to agriculture; and Fish and Wildlife Service importation of endangered species and wildlife that can harm the health and welfare of humans, the interests of agriculture, horticulture, or forestry, and the welfare and survival of wildlife resources.

Q: Can I travel to the United States with pets during the COVID-19 outbreak?

A: Please refer to CDC’s requirements for bringing a dog to the United States. The current requirements for rabies vaccination apply to dogs imported from China, a high-risk country for rabies.

Q: Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?

A: While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can be infected with or spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.

Q: Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

A: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

Q: What precautions should be taken for animals that have recently been imported (for example, by shelters, rescue groups, or as personal pets) from China?

A: Animals imported from China will need to meet CDC and USDA requirements for entering the United States. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can be infected with or spread COVID-19. As with any animal introduced to a new environment, animals recently imported from China should be observed daily for signs of illness. If an animal becomes ill, the animal should be examined by a veterinarian. Call your local veterinary clinic before bringing the animal into the clinic and let them know that the animal was recently in China.

Q: Should I avoid animals and animal markets while I am travelling?

A: In the United States, there is no reason to think that any animals, including pets or livestock, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. If you are visiting a live animal market anywhere in the world, it is important to clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after visiting the market. Avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled products, as well as contaminated fluids and waste. Additional recommendations on basic protective measures are provided by WHO..

CDC Recommends

Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
  • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who have recently traveled from China or other affected area and who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, and people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or patients with pneumonia of unknown case.
  • If you are a healthcare provider or public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • If you a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19 but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidelines on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been to China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to slow the spread of the virus.