Virginia Beach long-care facility center reports zero COVID-19 cases; Leaders say local disinfect is to thank

Posted at 11:19 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 23:29:47-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The chemical you see being sprayed isn’t anything new.

“We’ve used it for a few years and we’ve had a few cases of the flu,” said Karen Land, the director of the Marian Manor Community Assisted Living.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the staff at Marian Manor was ready to step up cleaning. “We’ve had zero resident cases since all of this started,” adds Land.

The BIO Tab 7, a sodium chlorite that is sold by Virginia Beach company Birsch Industries slows down the spread of bacteria and viruses like COVID-19.

“Its kill time is one minute,” said Preston Mangum with the company. He adds “it imports and electric charge to the particles as they come out of the gun.”

Making it easy and safe to spray down the door handles, chairs and common areas in this living center. “Now we think it’s part of our success with coronavirus,” Lands adds.

This assisted living community has almost 150 residents. Leaders say the average age is 87 years old and most of the people here have underlying health issues.

As of Thursday morning, there's been 20 COVID-19 outbreaks at long term care facilities in Virginia Beach.

Land says, “We’ve been very fortunate”

The biocide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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