Archive: Month: March 2020

Posted on March 18th, 2020

As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), EDEN is closely monitoring national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and applicable public health agencies, we are gathering information to ready our Extension educators to help address concerns within the communities we serve. 

To create greater collaboration and coordination between extension systems, below are some of the resources our member institutions are putting out. This page will continue to be updated with resources as this event progresses. If you have resources from your institution you would like included on this list, please contact Cheyanne Geideman or Abby Lillpop.



The following are courses developed within the EDEN network for events such as this one. 

Epidemic Preparedness For Community Organizations
This program originally was designed by EDEN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as Pandemic Preparedness for Faith-based Organizations to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to protect the health of their staff and the communities they serve and to fulfill their mission during a pandemic.


The following are informational publications, handouts, blogs and more currently distributed by EDEN member institutions.

Hand Washing Procedures” Sue Snider, University of Delaware, 2020.

Social Distancing: What is it? Why do it? And How to Make the Time at Home with Your Kids Fun!” Leslie A Forstadt and Kristy Ouellette, University of Maine, 2020. 

The Farmer’s Response to Disease Outbreaks: Biosecurity, Simple Cleaning, and Disinfection Can Slow or Stop the Spread of COVID-19” Anne Lichtenwalner, University of Maine, 2020. 

Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine” Jennifer Onopa, Pennsylvania State University, 2020 

Common Sense Steps to Prevent Coronavirus Disease” Lisa Washburn, University of Tennessee, 2020.  

Stress is Gonna Get You if You Don’t Watch Out” Pat Tanner Nelson, University of Delaware, 2012. 


Mississippi State University

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus
Melissa Tenhet, a child development expert, joins Dr. David Buys, MSU Extension State Health Specialist, to discuss how we can talk to children about the coronavirus.

Understanding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Terminology
Dr. Will Evans, Professor and Head of the MSU Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion Department, joins Dr. David Buys, MSU Extension State Health Specialist, to discuss the terminology being used when discussing the Coronavirus. 

How to Recognize Credible Coronavirus Information
Dr. David Buys, MSU Extension Health Specialist, goes over the ways to recognize a credible online source. For updated information regarding the Coronavirus, visit

Who is at Risk for the Coronavirus?
Dr. Cliff Story, Executive Director of MSU Health Services, joins Dr. David Buys, MSU Extension State Health Specialist, to talk about the facts regarding the Coronavirus. 

Simple Steps to Stay Healthy
Dr. David Buys, MSU Extension State Health Specialist, discussed simple ways to stay healthy.


The following are internally- and externally-focused webpages developed by EDEN member Institutions

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

University of Arkansas

University of California

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Idaho

University of Illinois

Iowa State University

University of Kentucky

University of Maine

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Michigan State Extension
University of Minnesota

Mississippi State University

University of Missouri

North Carolina A&T University

North Carolina State University 

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

Southern University

University of Tennessee

Texas A&M University

Utah State University

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Washington State University

West Virginia University

By: Nancy Ooki, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The recent attention to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus serves as an excellent opportunity to remind our stakeholders of easy, simple actions that can impact their health greatly. Guidelines have been released with the goal of preventing the spread of this virus in the community that include one of the most basic best practices – hand washing. For the coronavirus, the CDC recommends citizens wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if soap and water are not available, to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Handwashing has been critical in helping prevent the spread of illness and disease, but as an everyday activity, its importance is often forgotten. The current news headlines provide a great opening to remind community members of the process and best practices associated with handwashing.

In addition to combating the spread of disease, handwashing can help to keep food safe and reduce food-borne illness as well. Consumers should wash their hands before and after eating. Farmworkers should follow farm safety guidelines for handwashing.

In keeping with food safety issues, consumers and food preparers should also wash their produce prior to serving or consumption. A growing outbreak of Rat Lungworm disease in Hawai‘i (and found in Louisiana in addition to other countries) has prompted a renewed interest in produce washing practices. The disease can infect humans through the ingestion of raw vegetables contaminated with the rat lungworm larvae, which means that produce should be examined thoroughly prior to consumption. Consumers should wash their hands, then separate and rinse produce. It is also important to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces.

Additional resources and lesson plans on hand and produce washing are listed below. Use this opportunity to educate and remind stakeholders of the best practices. Good, safe food handling and hygiene practices are important all the time, but the occasional reminder at the right time can make a big difference.

Handwashing Reminders

Wash your hands:

  • Before and after you eat
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • After you use the bathroom
  • After handling animals or animal waste – including pets
  • After playing or working outside
  • After changing diapers or handling a baby’s bottom
  • Anytime your hands are dirty

On the farm or in food production areas, wash:

  • Before entering and returning to the field or the packing line
  • Before touching clean produce
  • Before putting on new gloves
  • After working with soil
  • After disposing of rotten produce
  • After handling garbage
  • After smoking or doing other activities that dirty your hands
  • After touching bare human body parts
  • After handling animals and animal waste

Credit: Clean Hands Save Lives! University of Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension (2012, January) Retrieved from:

Handwashing Resources

Cornoavirus Resources

Produce Washing Reminders

Inspect produce for

  • Obvious signs of soil or damage
  • Prior to cutting, slicing, or dicing.
  • Cut away affected areas or do not use

Wash produce before serving/cutting using

  • Continuous running water
  • Chemical disinfectants

Do not

  • Soak produce or store in standing water
  • Rewash packaged produce labeled “ready-to-eat,” “washed,” or “triple washed.”

Wash thoroughly with hot soapy water

  • All equipment
  • Utensils
  • Food contact surfaces

Credit: Best Practices Handling Produce in Schools United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (retrieve 2020, February) from:

Produce Washing Resources

Rat Lungworm Resources