Local company innovating new tech to stop the spread of germs on planes

Many airlines say they are stepping up and taking action to clean planes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on aircraft amid the ongoing emergency.

Braintree-based EarthSafe is helping them get the job done thoroughly and even faster with their fogging machines.

“We started about four and a half years ago as an infection control company hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centers,” CEO Richard J. Valentine said.

Logan Airport has been a customer of the infection prevention company for some time but, airlines like Delta and American Airlines are jumping on board now too.

With schools getting a deep clean, Anchorage School District plans for coronavirus

It’s never a bad idea to do some spring cleaning.

Every school in Anchorage School District this week is going through a complete disinfection over spring break as district officials plan for what they’ll do if the new coronavirus shows up in Alaska.

“We’re going to superclean it and every surface and toy that can be in there,” said superintendent Deena Bishop.

So far there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, and the cleaning process isn’t actually that out of the ordinary for spring break, when schools typically get a good scrubbing. But this year custodians are bringing out the big guns, including seven new electrostatic sprayers that can more thoroughly coat surfaces with germ-destroying chemicals.

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How Staten Island gyms are disinfecting amid coronavirus

All Retro Fitness gyms will “complete mandatory deep cleaning with hospital-grade cleaning products at least twice per day,” according to the chain’s website.  Additionally, Retro Fitness staff will refill dispensers of hand soap, hand gel, spray bottles, wipes and paper towels, and wipe down the club’s technology items and surfaces that come in contact with people’s hands the most, like door and locker handles and blow dryers, every hour.

 

A Facebook video posted on the Retro Fitness gym in Tottenville shows an employee using EvaClean a cordless sprayer used to disinfect surfaces.

Dedham Public Schools Address Coronavirus Concerns

DEDHAM, MA —Dedham Public Schools are being proactive about addressing Coronavirus fears in the district as well as dealing with the spread of other viral infections. In a statement to the school community, the district said there has been an increased number of students with symptoms of influenza, as well as strep throat and GI viruses in February. There are no cases of Coronavirus.

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Local schools prepare to fight off coronavirus

BEAR, Delaware (WPVI) -- A Delaware school district demonstrated its newest tool against germs Tuesday.

New hand-held battery-powered disinfectant wands will now be used to disinfect surfaces at Kathleen Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, Delaware, spraying a fine germ-killing mist onto desks, lockers and other high-traffic areas.

"Traditionally we would have to spray it down and then we'd have to let it sit five to ten minutes and then wipe it down," said Ted Lambert, Supervisor of Facilities at Colonial School District. "With the new Protexus wand, we can actually go through and spray it down, let it sit and dry and we're good to go."

Officials with Colonial School District started budgeting for these in their schools last spring, and say the timing couldn't be better.

Delaware School Districts Take Coronavirus Precautions

LEWES, Del.- Some school districts in the First State are taking precautions ahead of any potential Coronavirus cases.

The Cape Henlopen School District posted a message on its Facebook page Tuesday saying it is closely monitoring the Coronavirus disease, although there are no confirmed cases in Delaware at this time.

The district went on to say staff members will regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in hallways, classrooms, offices and restrooms. Cape also asks that parents inform their children's school nurses in advance of any international travel.

Flu virus widespread, closes several schools

Over the past two weeks, school cancellations have been widespread due to an influenza outbreak in both Johnson County Schools and Paintsville Independent Schools.

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s statewide flu activity report, the state’s current flu activity level, submitted weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is defined as widespread. This means that outbreaks of the flu or influenza-like illness cases and recent lab confirmed diagnoses have spread across at least half of the regions in Kentucky.