COVID-2019 is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus that arose from the area of Wuhan, China in December, 2019. Most of the early cases of this illness were linked to a large seafood and animal market suggesting possible animal-to-person spread of the virus. NJ Department of Health is providing information on this page COVID-19: Information for Communities and the General Public and has a FREE 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-222-1222 manned by trained healthcare professionals to answer questions about coronavirus. They also have information for Schools and Businesses and Healthcare/Public Health Professionals. The CDC updates known cases of coronavirus in the Unites States daily, Monday through Friday, at 12:00 noon. The NYTimes has an interactive tracking map that is updated 24-7 for the public as reports com in from state and local government.