COVID19 Timeline and Vaccination Guidelines

Learn more about the COVID19 timeline from when the virus first hit the US to vaccniations and what it means for the future

February 3, 2020

The United States declares a Public Health Emergency due to the COVID19 virus outbreak. The declaration comes 3 days after the World Health Organization declared a Global Health Emergency as more than 9,800 cases of the virus and more than 200 deaths had been confirmed worldwide.

February 29, 2020

Washington was the first state to declare a state of emergency. Within the next 2 weeks, the 49 other states followed suit.  By the end of March 2020, a majority of states mandated a Stay At Home order with guidelines on masks and face coverings as well as strict limits on gatherings. In the United States, there have been 30.4 million cases of COVID19 and 550,030 deaths.  Worldwide there have been 128 million cases and 2.8 million deaths. Nearly 100,000 establishments that temporarily shut down due to the pandemic are now out of business

December 14, 2020

Sandra Lindsey, an ICU nurse in New York City, is the first American to receive the coronavirus vaccine. By the end of March 2021, in the United States, 146 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been given.  52.6 million people are fully vaccinated.  Data shows that approximately 29% of Americans have received at least 1 dose with 16.03% of the population fully vaccinated.

April 2, 2021

 The CDC updates its Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

What Can Vaccinated People Do?

Fully Vaccinated People Can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
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