In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Lovely A. Warren is urging all residents to follow specific guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that could potentially carry the virus.
“Our number one goal is to keep our residents as safe and healthy as possible,” said Mayor Warren. “The only way to do that is to minimize the spread of germs. By following the recommendations put forth by the CDC, we can each play an important role in sanitizing our living spaces and slowing down the dissemination of the virus.”
According to the CDC, all diluted household bleach solutions and alcohol solutions that contain at least 70 percent alcohol, as well as most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, should be effective against COVID-19 for disinfection purposes.
The CDC also warns that household bleach should NEVER be mixed with ammonia or with any other cleanser.
The CDC recommends the following actions be taken to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19:
1. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces solely for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
2. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
3. Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
• Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
4. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
5. After cleaning, launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.
Adhering to these guidelines, coupled with diligent hand washing and consistent use of hand sanitizers, will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html.