It was published on June 2, 2020 that pets in MN and NY have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. You will find the press release below as well as the updated CDC pets and COVID-19 messaging below.
Minnesota Board of Animal Health Press Release: Household cat confirmed with virus that causes COVID-19
USDA Press Release: Confirmation of COVID-19 in Pet Dog in New York
CDC has made updates to its language relating to pets to address concerns about dog parks, face coverings, disinfection, and pet social distancing. You will find a new FAQ on dog parks on our website, and updated main messaging related to pets is below.
- Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.
- Because there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
- Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
- Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
- Do not put face coverings on pets. Covering a pet’s face could harm them.
- There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.
- Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
CDC has not received any reports of livestock becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:
• technical, training, and management assistance;
• financial assistance; and
• state and local assistance.