Cleaning rooms and surfaces

Q: How and how often should rooms and surfaces be cleaned?

A: In May 2021, NH DHHS began referring LTCFs and ALFs to the following CDC guidance (as well as two CMS documents that don’t directly address cleaning – to see those visit our Reopening page).

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes

Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination

There are a number of resources that address this question in depth. First, try AMDA’s (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) resource guide, starting on p. 38, CDC recommendations for community facilities on cleaning and disinfection and WHO guidance for long-term care facilities, starting on p.3.

For a list of cleaning products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, see List N.

Q: Is the decontamination procedure the same if a COVID-19 positive person is placed in a room vacated by a COVID-19 positive person?

A: Yes, because other people will enter the room.

This page updated 5/7/21

Information is changing rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Please take the links on these pages, especially the NH DHHS, which coordinates the COVID-19 response in our state, and other public health resources such as your local public health department, the CDC and WHO to find the latest guidance and recommendations.

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