I did everything right, but my employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Cleaning and disinfecting your building or facility after an employee tests positive.

Business owners in New Jersey & elsewhere must come to terms with the facts. Even after following all the rules, after implementing the procedures, being extremely careful, you may still have an employee who tests positive. Some positive tests occur when the person isn’t even sick or showing symptoms, but nonetheless, a positive result means, you must take action. You must still implement heightened cleaning and disinfecting at your place of business, communicate the diagnosis to your teams and prepare a plan.

Once you come to terms with the diagnosis, call in the expects at Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services the teams are experts in sanitizing commercial & residential spaces in these situations and others.

“We do not believe in a kamikaze approach to clean up,” says Ed Reese, Owner of Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services. “I must first understand the situation and plan a methodical course of action.” Offshore only uses sanitizing products that at are 100% safe and never use harsh chemicals. We use Electrolyzed Water, aka Hypochlorous Acid, which is a completely safe, no rinse solution that kills germs & viruses. We also rely on a data driven approach to testing surfaces to ensure cleanliness and germ count, especially in spaces with confirmed cases. This will reinforce the effectiveness of the approach chosen for optimal results.

Below is an excerpt from the CDC Website and a link to the full article: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services offers emergency service therefore you can call us when the incident occurs no matter when or what time of day. Ed can consult with you on the severity of the situation and work together with you and help you through the unknown time.

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial services produces this solution onsite at their location in Linwood, New Jersey. When sanitizing homes or businesses the highest quality of products and services are used. Visit www.WeCleanSouthJersey.com for more information. Contact us for a free quote.


Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
    • Companies do not necessarily need to close operations, if they can close off affected areas.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines.
  • Vacuum the space if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available.
    • Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night, for common spaces, or during the day for private rooms.
    • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors or rugs, clean the surface with detergents or cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces, according to the textile’s label. After cleaning, disinfect with an appropriate EPA-registered disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2external icon. Soft and porous materials, like carpet, are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. EPA has listed a limited number of products approved for disinfection for use on soft and porous materials on List N. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s safety instructions (such as wearing gloves and ensuring adequate ventilation), concentration level, application method and contact time. Allow sufficient drying time if vacuum is not intended for wet surfaces.
    • Temporarily turn off in-room, window-mounted, or on-wall recirculation HVAC to avoid contamination of the HVAC units.
    • Do NOT deactivate central HVAC systems. These systems tend to provide better filtration capabilities and introduce outdoor air into the areas that they serve.
    • Consider temporarily turning off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space, so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
  • Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
    • Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
  • If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
    • Continue routing cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.

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