Planning and Preparation: Face Masks, Suppliers, and Deep Cleaning
The CDC has recommended the individual use of face coverings or masks to lessen cases of community transfer of COVID-19, particularly in instances where social distancing is difficult. AppHealthCare and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) have both endorsed this guidance, realizing that the use of cloth masks and face coverings can serve as another strategy to slow the spread. (Click here to read Watauga County Guidance for Use of Face Masks and Coverings).
We now can look right in our backyard for obtaining a properly constructed cloth face covering/mask, as some of our local businesses and individuals have entered into the supply chain and production.
The following links are local resources for those looking to purchase a cloth face covering/mask:
The Pet Place - (distributing for SNIPS, $5 suggested donation, proceeds go to Watauga Humane Society spay/neuter program)
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of locally produced face coverings/masks.
Proper disinfecting measures for businesses will remain critical as we move forward in phased reopening. To ensure the future health and safety of employees and visiting patrons, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prepared this document to serve as a guide to preparing workplaces after COVID-19. Click here for the EPA's list of disinfectants for COVID-19. *Please note that the disinfectants must be used according to label directions with the contact times listed on the EPA website.
Our establishments can take a proactive approach to preparedness by utilizing local distributors and companies that offer deep cleaning.
Distributors offering EPA approved cleaning products and supplies
Local companies that offer deep cleaning services
*Businesses can consult with an AppHealthCare Environmental Health Care Staff Member by emailing email@example.com.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of cleaning suppliers and services.
Although the primary focus of our efforts are on cleaning and disinfecting, we cannot loose sight of the everyday life safety and preventative measures and regulations (fire exits, food safety, etc.). As you find yourself moving tables or display cases to abide by social distancing recommendations or purging inventory, consider the Watauga County's fire codes and standards. The following local storage unit facilities can assist with any temporary relocation of furniture, equipment, product, or inventory.