Hello Gardeners,

COVID-19 (coronavirus) and other contagious diseases have been in the forefront for this upcoming gardening season.  I would like to thank Mary Green and John Porter for asking and answering some gardening safety concerns.

Handwashing with soap & water is the best prevention method. Hand sanitizer is an option only until water and soap are available. So how do you do this in a garden?  

John Porter from UNL Extension has forwarded the following resources on how to build a portable handwashing station for a community garden or outdoor activities as well as a FAQ for community gardens:

Building a handwashing station:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c0VIhOCm5KsUa1kBkp-wedtJV_5PHsfV/view And here's a great resource I found for Community Gardens:  

For those of you who are more visual - Here is a video of building a portable handwashing station.


It is also suggested that gardeners use gardening gloves, limit the use of shared tools and keep hands off face after using shared gardening tools or before harvesting produce.


 The following are guidelines of how to assist with the mitigation of this outbreak:

*Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

*Stay home if you or someone in your household are sick

*Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing

*Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

*Clean disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at your worksite, and home dwelling (including gardens)

*Avoid gathering with greater than 10 or more people

*Support social distancing during times of gathering by keeping a 3-6 ft. space between you and the next person.

Please note: Information is changing quickly. As we monitor developments, we are committed to keeping you informed. Please find the following information and resources to the DCHD website (linked below) Feel free to access the following trusted sources for answers to many of the questions you may have:

    (Information line answered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)

In good health,





Patty Falcone, MPH, CPH

Health Educator II
Douglas County Health Department
1111 S 41st Street
Omaha, NE 68105

Phone (402) 444-7146

Fax (402) 444-7424

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