Environmental Health and COVID-19 Resource Library

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, environmental health staff at local health departments have had to adapt existing programs and respond to new challenges. To support local health officials, NACCHO has gathered and developed resources to address the needs of environmental public health staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Public health officials must work with local community partners and school administrators to ensure safe conditions in educational and child care settings.


During extreme weather events, health officials must protect communities from immediate health threats while maintaining efforts prevent the spread of COVID-19.


In addition to health departments, consumers of food, handlers of food, as well as servers of food need to be informed of safety precautions and considerations amid COVID-19. These resources provide information and guidance around food safety in the context of the pandemic.


    Considerations and information pertaining to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings can be found here.

    • Evaluating SARS-CoV-2 Cleanup and Disinfection Practices. Source: EPA. Reducing the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 relies on effective cleaning and disinfection, along with continued social distancing practices. EPA researchers are working on determining the best environmental sample collection methods and the limits of detection for SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces and objects.
    • Clean Away COVID. Source: Clean Away COVID. This public service campaign provides information and resources to keep homes and environments safe during the pandemic. Various resources are available at no cost to WIC, state and local health agencies, and other community-based organizations.
    • Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA's List of Products You Should Not Use? Source: FDA. Guidance to determine if hand sanitizing products contain uncovered toxic ingredients.
    • List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Source: EPA. Products expected to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. Products intended for use on surfaces, not humans.
    • Safer Disinfectant Use FAQ. Source: ACMT. Answers to questions regarding disinfection and sterilization against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
    • Households Living in Close Quarters. Source: CDC. Guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.
    • Living in Shared Housing. Source: CDC. Considerations for reducing risk of COVID-19 in shared or congregate housing (i.e., apartment buildings, dormitories, shelters).


    Wastewater surveillance provides community with information on the extent of COVID-19 infections in communities. “Wastewater”, also referred to as “sewage,” includes water from household/building use (i.e., toilets, showers, sinks) that can contain human fecal waste, as well as water from non-household sources (e.g., rainwater and industrial use).

      • Detecting and Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater. Source: EPA. Researchers at EPA and the CDC are developing and applying methods for measuring SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater. Once developed, the methods will be used to determine infectivity, persistence, and treatment efficacies related to SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.
      • National Wastewater Surveillance System. Source: CDC. Information on this new public health tool to help understand COVID-19 spread in a community.
      • Wastewater Monitoring Network Toolkit. Source: Ohio Department of Health. Wastewater monitoring network toolkit for local health districts and local governments with templates for press releases, social media posts, and more.


      The following resources can support health officials in ensuring sustainability and equity throughout COVID-19 response activities.

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      NACCHO’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

      This FAQ provides various resources and guidance for questions that NACCHO frequently receives.

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      NACCHO’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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      NEHA’s COVID-19 EH Workforce Needs Assessment

      NEHA released findings report from their nationwide environmental health workforce needs assessment in response to COVID-19.

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      NEHA’s COVID-19 EH Workforce Needs Assessment

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