Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.

Environmental Health Practitioners

Environmental Health Practitioners

Get Resources and Guidance from CDC and other Trusted Sources

Updated Aug. 6, 2020

Audience: Environmental health practitioners who need information on how to safely provide environmental health services and keep the public protected from environmental hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congregate Facilities and Shelters

Cleaning, Waste and Rodents

Cleaning and disinfecting

Solid waste and debris

Rodent Control

  • Rodent Control Programs
    Rodent activity is increasing in some jurisdictions. Rodent control and surveillance are critical for protecting public health during responses to natural disasters and public health emergency.

Food and Water Safety

Food Safety for Food Facilities

  • What Grocery and Food Retail Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers
    Information and resources on food safety and keeping restaurants, grocery stores, and other food facilities disinfected.
  • Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers
    Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • How to Prevent Food Poisoning
    Learn the most effective ways to help prevent food poisoning.
  • Basic Food Safety
    Basic food safety and steps to prevent foodborne illnesses
  • Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
    Guidance providing recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
    Information on food safety and keeping restaurants, grocery stores, and other food facilities disinfected.

Food Safety for Consumers

  • Basic Food Safety
    Important information on handling delivered food safely and obtaining food from safe sources

Water Safety

  • Healthy Water
    Addresses numerous water safety topics, including drinking water, wastewater, recreational water, disease transmission through water, and even wastewater worker safety.
  • Guidance for Building Water Systems
    Ensure the safety of your occupants and building water system and devices.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Air Quality

  • Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19
    Know how wildfire smoke can affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.