COVID-19 Testing: Is Your Building Safe?

Coronavirus Environmental Testing

Keep Buildings Safe with a COVID-19 Test Kit

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has given building and facilities managers a lot to think about. Keeping building staff and visitors safe is a top priority. It is now easy for managers to conduct COVID-19 testing and get fast, accurate results within days. The tests are easy to use, provide clearance for occupancy, and give building managers comfort knowing their buildings are safe.

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Get fast results with a COIVD-19 testing kit.

Fast Accurate COVID-19 Test Results, in partnership with Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLabs), developed an easy-to-use DIY testing kit. The kit uses RNA gene expression to detect the coronavirus. The process is simple. First, building engineers collect samples with an aseptic swab. Then they place the coronavirus surface test swabs in the padded envelope we provide. Next, they mail the envelope to the EDLab within 72 hours of collection. The lab uses RT-qPCR technology for a positive or negative result. Once completed, you receive a user-friendly report within 3-5 business days.

Surface Testing for COVID-19

The EDLab uses an RNA “fingerprint” to detect for the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2. This is the virus that causes COVID-19. Surface testing is an important part of risk assessment and helps control the spread of infection. Results are precise, consistent, and repeatable.

With no virus detected, the building is safe for occupancy. Likewise, the detection of the virus means building managers must develop a remediation plan. The test is also helpful for monitoring progress in ongoing decontamination efforts. Tests are also used as a part of risk assessments to show that a building is safe for occupancy. 

About Environmental Surface Test Kits

COVID-19 test kits serve four key purposes. Firstly, and most importantly, is detection. The tests show whether your building is infected with the coronavirus or not. Secondly, it shows the effectiveness of the disinfection process. Thirdly, it proves that the building is safe to occupy. Lastly, it gives assurance that a remediation plan is in place. Taken together and you have an effective, DIY solution to a potentially life-threatening viral outbreak.

Available in 5- and 10-swab test kits, swabs are for use on hard surfaces in high-traffic areas. These include rooms such as lobbies, break rooms, hallways, and bathrooms. 

Hard surfaces to collect samples from include:

  • Doorknobs and door handles
  • Handrails
  • Elevator buttons
  • Desks and countertops

Additionally, phones, copy machines, and all shared office equipment are at risk for spreading the virus.

Included in the kit are detailed instructions as well as a chain of custody documentation. This is a time-sensitive procedure, so samples must be sent to the lab within 72 hours.

Order a COVID-19 Test Kit Today

The coronavirus surface test gives stakeholders peace of mind. If the virus is absent it shows that social distancing and disinfection plans are working. With the presence of coronavirus, building managers can tackle the problem head-on with the end goal of keeping building occupants safe. When you are ready to purchase a coronavirus surface test kit or would like more information, call us at  727-572-4550.