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While the residents were confirmed to have COVID-19, it was important to identify it in the environment to validate the post disinfecting results. The same sites within the residence were retested one hour after disinfecting to determine if the disinfection process was effective. the presence of the virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus {SARS-CoV-2} was established via culturing the high contact areas and objects within the residence of a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

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Twelve high contact sites/objects, both non-porous and porous materials, were selected for testing. The premise was then disinfected with a stabilized chlorine dioxide solution via electrostatic spray device. One hour later the same twelve sites were retested in accordance with procedures provided by Hawk Environmental. This included wiping all test surfaces with sterile gauze moistened with sterile saline. The identical culture procedures were followed. The samples were run through a PCR test regime. Multiple contact sites were positive for COVID-19 and some were suspicious. No other surface reported identification of the virus in the pre-treatment samples. The post-treatment samples were all negative for the virus.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS A STANDARD THAT NEEDS TO BE MET AND IS EXPECTED AT ALL TIMES WHEN WE ARE TESTING OUR SURFACE AREAS. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE SOLUTIONS CONFORMED TO OUR STANDARDS AND TESTING BEFORE AND AFTER THE DEPLOYMENT OF THEIR SOLUTION. THE TEST RESULTS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS EVEN PAST THE SIXTY-DAY MARK.

Rich Elder, Department of Health, Rensselaer County, New York

By the
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  • ATP Level of Clean Before:

    2,650-101 (danger)*

  • ATP Level of Clean After:

    15.96 (very clean)*

  • Follow up 2 weeks later:

    12.77 (very clean)*

  • The Department of Health is looking for 30 or below.

  • *0 sterile - 1,000 danger of disease