Guidance for Environmental Health Inspections to Control and Prevent COVID-19

The Environmental Health Section is receiving questions about how local health departments should proceed with inspections during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the attached guidance and note that this is a dynamic situation and, like other COVID-19 guidance, this is subject to change.

In addition, we are in the process of working on guidance for implementing Sections 14, 15, and 18 of Executive Order No. 116 (see link below) and guidance related to COVID-19 and restaurants, schools, and other facilities. In the meantime, if you have specific questions, please contact Veronica Bryant, Emergency Response and Outbreak Coordinator at veronica.bryant or by phone at 919-218-6943, or you may contact me or your Regional Environmental Health Specialist.

Executive Order No. 116:

Thanks for all that you do!


Larry D. Michael, REHS, MPH

State Environmental Health Director/Section Chief

Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Office: 919 707 5855

Fax: 919 845 3973

5605 Six Forks Road

1632 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1632

COVID-19 and EH Inspections_3-13-2020.pdf