FAQ: Facilities and Environmental Protocols
Stony Brook disinfects high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas at least once each day in both Academic and Residential Buildings, while using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure everyone’s safety.
Examples of high-touch surfaces include stair railings, exterior and interior door hardware and surfaces, light switches, restroom fixtures/partitions/faucets, toilet paper/paper towel dispensers, elevator control panels and call buttons, common area kitchen countertops and appliances, ADA handicap door push plates, and water fountains and bottle filling stations.
Examples of high-traffic areas include restrooms, building entrances, hallways, classrooms, lounges, and meeting spaces.
In areas where someone suspected of having (or confirmed to have) COVID-19 has been, Stony Brook follows prescribed guidelines from the NYSDOH and CDC for cleaning and disinfecting areas. Disinfecting these areas (i.e. deep cleaning) includes safely providing a full saturation of disinfectant to all surfaces including walls, ceilings, fixtures, floors, under cabinets, behind machines, tops of cabinets, etc. In many larger areas, electrostatic sprayers and UV foggers with disinfecting agents are also used.
For disinfection of areas where someone suspected of having (or confirmed to have) COVID-19 has been, cleaning staff will wait 24 hours after the person has left the area before entering to clean and disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, cleaning staff will wait as long as possible. In these cases, cleaning staff wear face masks, disposable gloves, gowns and goggles for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
After cleaning and disinfecting, the area can be safely occupied.
If it has been more than 7 days since the person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 was present, neither additional cleaning nor disinfection is necessary. In these cases, cleaning staff will follow normal procedures for regular cleaning including disinfection of high-traffic, high-touch areas.
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