This series of blogs covers ways to help childcare businesses navigate this confusing time. Right now, many parents and staff may be especially concerned about the cleaning and disinfection of your facility if you are still open. If you are one of the many childcare businesses who’ve had to close their doors, you might be concerned about how to properly disinfect prior to re-opening. The CDC offers some great resources and tips, which we’ve compiled for you below.
If Someone Suspected/Confirmed to Have COVID-19 Has Been in Your Facility
This article from the CDC is specifically written for community facilities. It includes how to clean and disinfect in general, but also gets into specifics for COVID-19, such as how to disinfect if you know an affected person has been in your facility. Additionally, it covers PPE equipment.
What to do Before and During an Outbreak
The CDC has specific guidelines (read here) for schools and child care programs. You can then assure your parents you are following all of the recommended guidelines. These recommendations are broken down by ‘at all times’ and ‘during an outbreak’, so you’ll know which actions to take, regardless of your center’s situation.
Directory of Local Health Departments
Check out the Directory of Local Health Departments to find contact information for your local health department, should you have any COVID-19 specific questions. Many of the other articles linked here also address when you should contact your local health department.
EPA: Disinfectants List
It’s important to know which disinfectants are appropriate and effective. Check out the recommended list from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) here. All products on this list meet the EPA’s criteria for user again the virus that causes COVID-19.
Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
It’s just as important to keep your home disinfected as it is your facility, so you aren’t transferring germs between locations. Read this article, for tips on the following:
- Includes general recommendations for routine cleaning and disinfection of households
- Cleaning and disinfection of households with people isolated in home care
- How to clean and disinfect
- Hand hygiene and other preventive measures
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
This resource contains specific information for facilities on how to disinfect:
- Soft surfaces
You’ll also find:
- Everyday tips
- Tips when someone is sick
- Considerations for employers
We hope you find these resources on cleaning and disinfecting your facility and home helpful. During this unsure time, it can be very reassuring to know we are doing the best we can, to provide for the safety of others.