Cleaning Recommendations During an Outbreak


APPENDIX E - Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations during an Outbreak

 ***NOTE:  Please discuss the cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation/handling areas with an Environmental Health Public Health Inspector.  The recommendations below do not apply to food handling/preparation areas.

 A contaminated environment can play a role in transmission of infection during outbreaks.  There is an increased potential for environmental contamination during an outbreak.  Emphasize these practices:

 Increase routine cleaning and disinfection of common touch items such as door handles, railings, light switches, toilets, sinks and handles

Increase the cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces in the symptomatic campers/staff immediate environment

If possible, dedicate specific equipment to each symptomatic camper/staff.  Alternatively, properly clean and disinfect equipment shared between persons.

Remove exposed food, such as fruit and cookies, from common areas, including staff lounges and activity lounges

Promptly clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated by stool and vomit.  Immediately cover spillage with dry disposable paper towels. (*See below for further information)

Clean soiled carpets and soft furnishings with hot water and detergent, or steam clean - vacuum cleaning is not recommended

Contaminated clothing, bedding, plush toys and non-disposable mop heads should be laundered on hot cycle with detergent and hot air dried.

Toys and sports/activity equipment in an outbreak affected area should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily.  Remove from use where possible.

Toys and sports/activity equipment handled by a camper who becomes ill should be removed from use until they have been cleaned and disinfected.


*Ensure surfaces contaminated by feces or vomit are immediately cleaned with soap and water to remove organic material and then disinfected with a suitable disinfectant (e.g. Accelerated hydrogen peroxide - follow manufacturer's guidelines for contact times; sodium hypochlorite solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)- allow 10 minutes contact time followed by a rinse of the area/object). Mix fresh bleach solutions daily and verify concentration with appropriate testing agents (i.e. test strips).

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