Currently (as of Feb. 27, 2020), there are 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to the CDC’s own data.

“As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer towards meeting the third [criterion: worldwide spread of the new virus.”

As the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, continues to spread around the globe, the CDC have issued a statement saying that U.S. federal agencies are actively preparing for the potential spread of the new coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 — at local level.

In yesterday’s telebriefing session, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, also advised that the U.S. population should take stock of the preventive actions available in the case of a pandemic.

“The global novel coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving and expanding,” said Dr. Messonnier, referring to recent developments in Italy and elsewhere.

Currently, there are 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to the CDC’s own data. Of these, 12 relate to travel in China, two stem from person-to-person contact with an infected individual, and 39 are among repatriated U.S. citizens.

So far, there has been no transmission of the virus within communities at local level, and the CDC state that although “COVID-19 is a serious public health threat,” at this time, it is “not recognized to be spreading in U.S. communities.