FCS Continues Assisting Facilities with COVID19 Services
Over the past few months, FCS has performed countless COVID19 decontamination services for clients across several states. With the recent spikes in positive cases across the country, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of requests for these services. One of the most common questions we get from customers is what they should do to determine what services they need after a potential exposure, and how to best protect their staff and guests. Below are some basic steps that your facility should take in the unfortunate event an exposure may have occurred.
Evaluate the Exposure
The most important step to take after a potential or confirmed exposure to COVID19 in your facility is to examine all of the information and facts. The following questions should be asked prior to taking action:
- When did the exposure occur?
- What areas were possibly exposed?
- Were other co-workers, contract workers, or guests possibly exposed?
- What daily cleaning practices are in place as preventative measures?
These basic questions can help a facility grasp the severity, or lack thereof, after an exposure. For example, if the facility has been vacant for a number of days since the exposure, the CDC does not recommend any additional cleaning beyond normal housekeeping. Likewise, if the exposure was isolated to one particular wing of a facility with no potential spread then cleaning efforts should only focus on that wing.
Take Appropriate Preventative Actions
If it is determined that the exposure presents a potential health hazard to current employees and guests, the facility should consider the following steps:
- Alert all workers and guests who may have potentially been exposed of the situation. It is important not to disclose who the exposure may have come from due to privacy laws.
- Send all employees home until further notice and close off the facility to visitors and contract workers.
- If possible, vent the facility with fresh air by opening windows and doors where possible. The CDC recommends this for a period of 24 hours prior to “deep cleaning” if at all possible.
- Contact a respected third-party cleaning company to schedule a thorough “deep clean” and disinfection of all potentially exposed areas. Be sure to consider their experience, references, and certifications when choosing a vendor.