High Sierra Cleaning Continues to Closely Monitor the Coronavirus

Preparing to Reopen for Business?

Updated as of December 15th, 2020

According to the CDC, as of December 15th, more than 16.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the US. In addition to practicing social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing face coverings in crowded public areas, the CDC also recommends that business owners practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces. Encouraging good hygiene practices and providing clean, disinfected environments are paramount to keeping employees well and helping them feel protected when and where it matters most.

While it’s inevitable that going back to work in this unprecedented time will feel nerve-wracking to some degree, it definitely should not feel unclean or unsafe. Employee health, both physically and mentally, should always be top of mind, in general and especially right now.

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning with soap and water or a detergent removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting with a household disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARs-CoV-2 kills germs on the surface. By disinfecting or killing germs on a surface after cleaning the surface, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. For more information review cleaning and disinfection recommendations for facilities and homes.

What is routine cleaning? How frequently should facilities be cleaned to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19?

Routine cleaning is everyday cleaning practices that businesses and communities normally do to maintain a healthy environment. Surfaces frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles, bathroom surfaces, and handrails, should be cleaned and disinfected with soap and water or detergent. These surfaces should be cleaned at least daily when facilities are in use. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use. For example, certain surfaces and objects in public spaces, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads, should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

Can sanitizing tunnels be used at facility entrances or exits to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend the use of sanitizing tunnels. There is no evidence that they are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, chemicals used in sanitizing tunnels could cause skin, eye, or respiratory irritation or damage.

Should sidewalks, roads, and other outdoor spaces be disinfected to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend disinfection of sidewalks, roads, or most other outdoor spaces. Spraying disinfectant on sidewalks, roads, and other outdoor spaces is not an e􀃕cient use of disinfectant supplies and has not been proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public. The risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 from these surfaces is very low and disinfection is not e􀃗ective on these surfaces.

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