Most Nevada workplaces can relax sanitation procedures

Christophe DeVargas

Beertender Nic Paulhus sanitizes the door handles of the CraftHaus Tap Room and Brewery in Henderson when they reopen with social distancing guidelines and sanitizing practices on Friday, May 15, 2020.

CARSON CITY – The state agency that oversees workplace safety is relaxing guidelines for businesses, allowing them to wipe down most surfaces with soap or detergent, rather than disinfectants that kill the coronavirus.

“When no one with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 is known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually sufficient to sufficiently remove viruses that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility. According to guidelines released Thursday by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Companies need to assess whether they should continue to use disinfectants that kill viruses on high traffic or high contact surfaces, according to guidelines.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials also announced that they plan to align workplace requirements for healthcare facilities with federal guidelines released earlier in the week. The federal temporary emergency coronavirus standard requires healthcare workplaces to adopt COVID-19 prevention plans that address vaccinations and screenings for patients and staff.

The updated guidelines come as infection rates remain low but see a slight increase. More than half of Nevada’s population aged 12 and over has been vaccinated. State health officials on Thursday reported 448 new cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths. The numbers are both the highest in weeks.

State officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated to contain the spread of the virus. Governor Steve Sisolak wrote on Twitter Wednesday that none of the 293 patients hospitalized with coronavirus statewide had been vaccinated.

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