Environmental Health and COVID-19: Roundup of News and Resources Released by NACCHO

Oct 31, 2022 | Anu Varma

NACCHO actively supported officials within county and city health departments to address the environmental health impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). NACCHO’s environmental health team identified the current gaps in COVID-19 environmental health resources to curate a dedicated blog series.

NACCHO Webinar: Protecting Children’s Environmental Health During COVID-19: Supporting Child Care Programs

This webinar covered: unique considerations for children’s environmental health in underserved communities; success strategies and continued gaps in protecting children’s health during concurrent public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather; and coordination strategies among states, local health departments , and daycares and other early childcare settings to protect children’s environmental health during COVID-19.

NACCHO Webinar: Through COVID-19 and Beyond: The Roles of National & Local Wastewater Surveillance Systems

Wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 is an innovative tool to support local public health agencies and government officials in detecting the presence of the virus in a community, tracking new variants of the virus, and serving as an early warning system for changes in COVID-19 burden in a community. However, wastewater surveillance is still a relatively new and rapidly evolving tool. During this webinar, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented on the National Wastewater Surveillance System and three local jurisdictions shared their experiences and lessons learned establishing and strengthening their wastewater surveillance systems at the local level.

NACCHO Webinar: Indoor Ventilation Strategies for COVID-19

This webinar, which took place on June 28, 2022, covers the CDC’s ventilation guidance for the control of infectious aerosols within indoor environments as well as federal resources available for improving indoor air quality for state and local governments. These resources are especially important as local governments prepare for the re-opening of schools in the fall. For those who were unable to attend or wish to refer to the information presented, the call recording, presentation slides, and Q&A report are available for viewing.

For a quick resource roundup, read NACCHO’s blog or view this infographic.

Impact of COVID-19 on Local Vector Programs

In 2020, NACCHO spoke with members of its Vector Control Collaborative and Vector Control Workgroup about the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to conduct activities that combat mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. Since the initial survey sent by NACCHO in April 2020, NACCHO has conducted two follow-up surveys: one in January of 2021 and another that closed at the end of July 2021 to continue to monitor the impacts. Learn more.

Access the infographic on COVID-19 impact on local vector control.

Infographic for Local Health Departments Promotes Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2

Wastewater surveillance is a valuable public health tool that can support local health departments and leaders during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As implementation of this early infection detection technology continues to expand, it is essential that local public health become familiar with the process. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), supported by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed an easy-to-read award-winning infographic describing the workings of wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19), how this process can help local health departments stay ahead of the pandemic, and how to get involved with implementing this system!

Access the infographic.

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About Anu Varma

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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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