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Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019)

Updates provided via ASAE

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The virus, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in January in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Confirmed cases are concentrated in China but have spread throughout Asia and more recently into Europe and other regions, including a small number in the United States and Canada.

Concern for member health and safety, airline restrictions, and travel warnings are affecting association global operations and conferences. These resources are compiled here to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation.


Worldwide: 81,109 cases 


  • 78,191 cases
  • 2,718 deaths

Outside China

  • 2,918 cases
  • 37 deaths
  • 44 countries

United States: 

  • 53 cases


  • 10 cases

Source: World Health Organization Situation Report, February 26, 2020


Coronavirus: Community Conversation on Association Impact

This webcast, recorded Feb. 19, features a panel of association industry experts discussing the impact of the coronavirus on associations, including the current incidence of the virus worldwide; key steps to take to mitigate losses with hotel and vendor contracts and other legal considerations; and insurance options if events or trades hows must be cancelled or attendance is greatly diminished. Though many questions remain unanswered, this webcast provides information to help you navigate decision-making. (CAE credits will not be awarded for viewing the recording.)

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