U.S. officials are continuing to monitor and respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected and spreading in locations internationally – including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The United States Conference of Mayors has a long history of working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and multiple Administrations in preparing or responding to past infectious disease outbreaks. Thus, we hope the information on this page below serves as a resource for you, city staff, and agency leadership as you continue to keep your residents and businesses best informed and prepared related to this evolving threat.

In addition to the resources here, we encourage mayors to join the Bloomberg Philathropies Coronavirus Local Response Initiative. Learn more here.

Featured Resources for Mayors

Latest Video

April 29, 2020: House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal joins Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Arlington, TX Mayor Jeff Williams, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to discuss the constraints impacting city government budgets due to COVID-19.

City Guidelines and Best Practices

Mayor are working closely with their local public health agencies to disseminate information to the general public, schools, businesses, outgoing travelers and other. Below are some best practices that you may want to replicate in your city. This information will be updated regularly and the Conference encourages Mayors to share their best practices as a resource to their peers across the country. To share activities and resources with the Conference, please email Dalen Harris.

Status of COVID-19 Cases in the United States

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These data represent cases detected and tested in the United States through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. This includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases reported to CDC. It does not include people who returned to the U.S. via State Department-chartered flights.

7This data will be updated regularly by 4pm Mondays through Friday. Last Updated on April 12, 2021.

Operational Best Practices for Mayors

Latest Updates from the Conference

Mayors Urge Swift Senate Passage of American Rescue Plan

March 4, 2021|

Washington, DC – Today the Senate introduced a modified version of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, including critical funding for local governments. The Senate version of the bill preserves this important component of the

Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce New Partnership to Help Mayors Prepare for the Largest Vaccine Roll-Out in American History

December 9, 2020|

The latest offering from the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative will help city leaders navigate the challenges associated with wide-scale distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine, including community engagement and private public partnerships To watch the

Nation’s Mayors Applaud House Passage of the HEROES Act

May 15, 2020|

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan K. Barnett released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the HEROES Act, the 4th COVID-19 supplemental

Helping City Employees Negotiate the COVID-19 Economy

April 8, 2020|

Important Cares Act Information for Your City and Your Employees The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has provisions within it to help individuals and businesses, including city employees. Nationwide, a

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Dalen HarrisAssistant Executive Director for Children, Health, and Human Services