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.

Page last updated on September 17, 2021.


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.

        • Improving Indoor Air. Source: Seattle & King County Public Health. Three ways to improve indoor air in our homes, businesses, schools, and other places where people gather indoors. Flyers are available in multiple languages and there are additional resources on improving indoor air quality.
        • Indoor Air and Coronavirus (COVID-19). Source: EPA. Resources, best practices, and latest information on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
        • Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure. Source: ASHRAE. Recommendations based on the concept that within limits, ventilation, filtration, and air cleaners can reduce exposure subject to constraints that include comfort, energy use, and costs.
        • Ventilation in Buildings. Source: CDC. Ventilation is a recommended strategy to reduce exposure to SARS-CoV-2. This webpage contains considerations to improve ventilation, and answered to frequently asked questions.
        • 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.
        • Cleaning and Safer Disinfecting Comic Strips for Families. Source: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units. Comic strips to help safely reduce the spread of COVID-19. Available in Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Amharic, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese (Brazilian).
        • 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.
        • 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. Source: American College of Medical Toxicology. Webinar series and online resources designed to provide information to healthcare providers about the safe and proper use of disinfectants to help decrease transmission of COVID-19.
        • Safer Disinfectant Use During The COVID-19 Pandemic. Source: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units. Information on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, in accordance with CDC guidelines, while minimizing the chance of disinfectant health effects.
        • 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).


          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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          NACCHO’s team will continue to update this webpage with the latest information and resources as they become available.

          Please send your feedback or new resource considerations to EHCOVID-19@naccho.org, or contact a staff member.

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