Abstract：Objective To analyze the epidemiological characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID-19 ) in Shaoxing from January 23 to March 31, 2020, so as to provide basis for the prevention and control of COVID-19. Methods The information of the COVID-19 cases in Shaoxing were collected from the National Diseases Prevention and Control Information System and the field investigation by CDCs. A descriptive analysis was used for the epidemiological characteristics, including time, spatial and population distribution, clinical features and exposure history. Results Totally 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported by March 31, without deaths. The first case was reported on January 23 and the last one was on February 13. The onset of cases peaked in mid-to-late January. All the counties ( cities or districts ) had confirmed cases, 14 cases were reported in Yuecheng District. Twenty-five ( 59.52% ) cases were 45 years old or over. Thirteen ( 30.95% ) cases were engaged in business and eight ( 19.05% ) cases were unemployed. No cases were found among medical staff. The main clinical symptoms were fever, dry cough, fatigue and imaging features of pneumonia, with nine ( 21.43% ) severe cases and three ( 7.14% ) critical cases. There were 34 ( 80.95% ) imported cases, who mainly came from Hubei Province. Totally 1 955 close contacts were tracked down, among whom 4 cases were confirmed, with the infection rate of 0.20%. Conclusions The COVID-19 cases reported in Shaoxing were mainly aged 45 years or over, severe and imported from Hubei Province. There was no continuous transmission in the community, and no infection in medical staff or deaths.