Rural Health and Safety Related to COVID-19

Use credible sources for your information about COVID-19. In regards to details about the virus, use one of the following along with your state’s department of health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC – Use of Cloth Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)

CDC – Emergency Preparedness – Taking Care of Your Emotional Health (English) (Spanish)

CDC  – Checklist for Seafood Processing Worksites: Align Your COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan with CDC/OSHA Worker Protection Guidance

Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance  – CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – White House/FEMA/CDC


State Specific COVID-19 Information

For information specific to your state, visit the websites for your state government offices such as agriculture, health, labor and industry, etc. Every state has a land-grant university which houses the Cooperative Extension system. Visit your land-grant university’s website.

Agricultural Resources Related to COVID-19

U.S. Department of Agriculture


National Farm Medicine Center

AgSafety4U – Online certificate course

CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Ag) Course

NIOSH Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health

National Center for Farm Worker Health

Migrant Clinician Network

Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA)

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

Safety Made Simple – COVID-19 videos for the workplace

AgSafe Food & Farms


Mental Health and Mindfulness Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service AdministrationDisaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused crisis. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by network crisis centers, who provide psychological first aid, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local behavioral health services for follow-up care and support.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Stress and Coping

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Rural Health Information Hub – Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Mental Health First Aid – How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing

National Alliance on Mental Illness – COVID 19 Resources and Information Guide

National Alliance for Grieving Children – Responding to Change and Loss

Resources for Parents and Educators to Teach Ag Safety

Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project

National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

Progressive Ag Foundation – Daily Learning Drops via YouTube

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health – Agricultural Education Teacher Resources

Resources for Special Populations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Print resources in various languages

AgSafe Food and Farms – COVID-19 Resources

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