COVID-19 and Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our way of life, and put emergency response plans to the test. CEER investigators, students and alumni have conducted research on community impacts and decision making, and provided technical assistance to public health practice partners and community-based organizations.

King County COVID-19 Community Study:

In March 2020, CEER launched the King County COVID-19 Community Study to collect stories about how COVID-19 and associated response measures impacted King County residents. We have partnered with colleagues across the world to launch parallel studies to better understand context-specific impacts.


COVID-19 Seattle Streetview Campaign:

CEER investigators are working with colleagues from the College of Engineering to collect longitudinal imagery data of Seattle’s COVID-19 recovery. More information here.


Public Health Practice Support & Technical Assistance:

CEER students and investigators have provided support to state and local public health agencies and response organizations, as well as technical assistance to community organizations and businesses. For instance, CEER worked with the Northwest Healthcare Response Network, local health departments, and local emergency management agencies in the Puget Sound region to conduct a “facilitated look back” to identify lessons learned during the spring 2020 COVID-19 response. CEER also provided technical assistance to Seattle based arts organizations early in the pandemic about their response.


Related Publications:

  • Errett, Nicole; Lamprea Montealegre, Julio; Busch Isaksen, Tania (2021) “King County COVID-19 Community Study.” DesignSafe-CI.
  • Doubleday A, Choe Y, Busch Isaksen T, Miles S, Errett NA. How did outdoor biking and walking change during COVID-19?: A case study of three U.S. cities. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 20;16(1):e0245514. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245514. PMID: 33471858.
  • Rubin O, Errett NA, Upshur R, Baekkeskov E. The challenges facing evidence-based decision making in the initial response to COVID-19. Scand J Public Health. 2021 Mar 8:1403494821997227. doi: 10.1177/1403494821997227. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33685289.
  • Rodrigues, M.A., Silva, M.V., Errett, NA, Davis, G., Lynch, Z., Dhesi, S., Hannelly, T., Mitchell, G., Dyjack, D., Ross, K.E., How can Environmental Health Practitioners contribute to ensure population safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic?, Safety (2020), doi:
  • Barnett DB, Kneiser L, Errett NA, Rosenblum A, Seshamani M, Kirsch T. Re-examining healthcare coalitions in light of COVID-19. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
  • Errett NA, Howarth M, Shoaf K, Couture M, Ramsey S, Rosselli R, Webb S, Bennett A, Miller A. Developing an Environmental Health Sciences COVID-19 Research Agenda: Results from the NIEHS Disaster Research Response (DR2) Working Group’s Modified Delphi Method. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6842;
  • Killien EY, Mills B, Errett NA, Sakata V, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP, Kissoon N, King MA. Prediction of Pediatric Critical Care Resource Utilization for Disaster Triage. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000002425.
  • Errett NA, Sauer LM, Rutkow L. An integrative review of the limited evidence on international travel bans as an emerging infectious disease disaster control measure. J Emerg Manag. 2020 Jan/Feb;18(1):7-14. doi: 10.5055/jem.2020.0446.