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Interactive timeline: The COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

Learn how COVID-19 has impacted law enforcement and corrections personnel and how public safety has adjusted its response


By Yoona Ha

The CDC began closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus strain first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, which quickly spread to southeast Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S.

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The spread of COVID-19 has led to closed schools and businesses, quarantines in first responders, and changes in reimbursement and service delivery response.

Find COVID-19 breaking news, what law enforcement and corrections personnel need to know about the novel coronavirus and tips for leaders in how to prepare for and educate on the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Here is a timeline illustrating how COVID-19 has progressed in the U.S.