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Who can I contact if I have outstanding questions if someone in my workspace TESTED POSITIVE or FELT ILL?

Faculty, Staff and Postdocs can contact the SU Occupational Health Center by phone at (650) 725-5308 or by email at stanfordohc@stanford.edu.Students can contact Vaden Health Services.SHC or patient-facing employees can contact Stanford Hospital Occupational Health…

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What is the COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Program and who is eligible to apply?

The COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Program provides financial assistance to employees of Stanford University affected by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The program covers up to $1,000 of eligible necessary unreimbursed expenses incurred as a result of the federally declared emergency, and…

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Where can I get tested if I work at the hospital or clinic?

If you are symptomatic, Stanford physicians, clinicians, medical students, and postdocs who work in patient care areas and perform clinical research in a medical setting may contact Stanford Hospital Occupational Health Services. Individuals who meet the testing criteria (e.g. symptoms: fever, shortness…

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How frequently should disinfection occur in laboratory spaces and adjoining offices?

Disinfection frequency depends on the amount of activity in the lab and shared office areas. At the very least, disinfection should occur daily before closing for the day. Janitorial services are providing stepped-up cleaning of cafeterias, breakrooms, bathrooms and other…

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How long does it take for a disinfectant to kill the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

Consult the product label for the contact time or dwell time. Cleaning wipes do not kill the virus, so be sure to use disinfecting wipes and follow the instructions carefully. Disinfecting wipes must remain wet to be effective.  Be sure…

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What is the recommended practice for disinfecting surfaces?

Wear disposable gloves and eye protection when disinfecting surfaces, and ensure the area has good ventilation. If the area does not have good ventilation, disinfect and leave the area until the surfaces have dried. Discard gloves after each cleaning and…

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What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This…

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