Infectious Disease Policies and Procedures
INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREVENTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN MOODY
Updated March 14, 2020
Sources for this Policy
These policies and procedures are based upon information provided online by the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) and the and the Environmental Protection Agency (epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectant-use-against-sars-cov-2). It is critically important that we rely upon accurate information for guidance in managing healthcare issues, not just for covid-19, but all infectious disease events. We have chosen for our sources the EPA and the CDC – not our neighbors, social media, family or commercial TV news, since these often give conflicting and often unreliable information designed not so much to inform, but to attract viewers. The standard of news headlines and stories is, “If it bleeds, it leads” – good news is boring, but bad news (and the worse, the better) gets our attention.
Who is vulnerable to COVID-19?
- Older adults
- Those with diabetes
- Those with lung or other underlying diseases or immune system problems
How is COVID-19 spread?
- Close physical contact with infected persons
- Airborne moisture droplets expelled into the air by coughing and sneezing
How bad are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 84% of infected persons have mild symptoms similar to a common cold: fever, cough, shortness of breath. “The immediate risk of people becoming seriously ill…is thought to be low” (cdc.gov)
- 16% of infected persons have severe symptoms. Severe symptoms can cause death if unchecked or occur in a high-risk person (see above).
What Should I Do?
- Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water – this is preferable to hand-sanitizers, which can build up on the skin and become ineffective.
- Cover mouth when sneezing or coughing with tissues. Dispose of tissue
- Avoid handshakes and hugs
- Stay home if you are in the at-risk population or are ill.
What About our Building and Facilities?
- Use product that we have purchased and stored in the men’s room. These meet the requirements of the CDC and EPA for killing the viruses, including COVID-19. Do not bring your own material unless it exactly matches what we have provided!
- Those who clean the building must follow the checklist attached to this policy – to the letter!
- The Lord’s Supper: Preparers must use gloves provided in the preparation room. Place bread “pillows” in plastic cups and the cups in the extra trays located in the preparation room.
CHECKLIST FOR CLEANING THE BUILDING
- Clean all high-touch areas with the cleaning agent provided.
- Commode surfaces
- Sink surfaces
- Counter and sink in nursery
- Doorknobs throughout the building: Classrooms, restrooms, front, rear and auditorium entry/exit doors, office, Lord Supper preparation room, baptismal dressing room, nursery room.
- Tables in classrooms and conference room
- Portable lectern
- Water fountain
- Clean inside of commodes and urinals with the cleaning agent provided
- Vacuum carpeted areas
- Mop floors in restrooms and lobby using Fantastic spray disinfectant provided
- Empty all trash cans and replace with new trash bags
- Use the latex-free, powder-free gloves stored with the custodial supplies in the men’s restroom