What to Do After an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A sick employee is always a concern, but the situation becomes much more worrying when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has the potential to be deadly, and a confirmed case in your building can be alarming to other employees or customers. 

Working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 means taking far more precautions, even than you would during a normal flu season, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Managing your facility after a confirmed infection is possible, but it’s important to have a careful plan in place for disinfecting affected spaces.

The Cleaning Requirements of COVID-19

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends deep and thorough cleaning, following careful instructions regarding chemical products and disinfecting processes. Any areas used by someone with a confirmed positive test should be completely closed off for at least 24 hours before cleaning. Any outside doors or windows should be open to facilitate air circulation, and anything used by a sick person must be thoroughly decontaminated. This includes any offices, common areas, restrooms, keyboards, and all shared equipment. While you may not have to shut down completely, all spaces should be meticulously cleaned and thoroughly disinfected before affected spaces are reopened.

Staying Safe During a Global Pandemic

During the cleaning process, the CDC recommends wearing disposable gowns and gloves. If there is any risk of liquid splashing, additional personal protective equipment is recommended. This PPE must be carefully removed to avoid contaminating other areas of an affected building after cleaning is complete.

Assuming full responsibility for the health and safety of everyone in your building is an enormous burden. We can help you navigate thorough decontamination and disinfecting of spaces occupied by someone with COVID-19. Our two-step system provides protection against viruses, bacteria, and microbes. In addition to sanitizing hard, non-porous surfaces, our process also disinfects soft surfaces like carpeting and upholstery. In fact, our Fresh Start chemistry renders Coronavirus (COVID-19) Inactive with 99.9% effectiveness!

If your business has a confirmed case of COVID-19 request information and a FREE quote today.

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