FWS Public Health Update External Affairs
Close up of the coronavirus (COVID-19) strain.

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CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Coronavirus: What You Should Know

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and has expanded internationally, including in the United States.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from coronavirus.gov and state and local public health authorities. 

Facilities’ Status

We are closely monitoring conditions on the public lands that we manage, including National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries, in order to maintain our high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Please review our State-by-State Update Page for details. If visiting one of our locations, it is critically important to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities on social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.

Please check individual refuge or hatchery websites for the latest information.

The National Conservation Training Center has postponed upcoming courses and events until further notice.

Other Fish and Wildlife Service facilities are following local and state government orders and closing to the public when required. Where a facility is closed, staff are working from home and are available by phone or email to assist you. Please check their websites or call ahead before visiting for the latest local status.


Follow coronavirus.gov for the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government.