COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and working closely with local and state health departments following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please note that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health have broadened the recommendations for people who are returning from travel to China to align with the recently announced presidential proclamation. 

Current recommendations instruct individuals who are returning from China (other than from Hubei Province) and currently have no fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or trouble breathing to practice “social distancing." This means that you should stay out of public places where close contact with others can occur, including workplaces, for 14 days after you leave China.

Prevention Methods:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

Full details of this new CDC guidance can be found on the CDC website at


VUMC Department of Emergency Preparedness Information

The VUMC Department of Emergency Preparedness & Response implements the Hospital Preparedness Program, which allows Vanderbilt to respond quickly and appropriately to internal and external emergency situations and work effectively with external agencies at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Contact us if you have questions about emergency preparedness and response at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.