What disinfection schedule are you recommending for county and town facilities? Given the experience of some stores on the west coast, are we apt to face shortages of disinfectant?

(Posted 3/10/20): The CDC states that based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. According to the CDC, “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites (objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture.) Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces and frequently touched surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. The CDC further states, “No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.” Loudoun County’s Department of General Services (DGS) provides standard housekeeping services for departments, which includes keeping soap and hand sanitizer available at designated stations in county facilities. The county continues to maintain its routine cleaning practices.

In addition, the county recommends that all employees and visitors to county facilities practice good personal hygiene, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (i.e. social distancing).
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue then discard tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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1. Should county employees be required to wear protective gloves?
2. Based on what we’re seeing around the world and in the impacted states in this country, do you recommend the county declare a state of emergency? At what point?
3. Do you anticipate the need for emergency legislation from Richmond to loosen the existing restrictions on elected officials participating remotely in meetings?
4. What disinfection schedule are you recommending for county and town facilities? Given the experience of some stores on the west coast, are we apt to face shortages of disinfectant?
5. Have you estimated how much the county should be prepared to spend to accomplish this, if necessary?
6. Do you recommend the county set aside millions of dollars for emergency preparedness during this budget cycle?
7. What steps are we taking to ensure our first responders, especially our ambulance crews, do not contract the virus from patients they’re transporting?
8. What if a county employee has COVID 19 symptoms but does not have enough sick leave to remain home?
9. What can we expect from the Loudoun courts schedule regarding coronavirus?
10. What local agencies service our at-risk populations who may not be provided with meals should there be a school closure? What are their needs to be able to continue providing services?