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US school uses germ-zapping robot

by Pieter Werner

Southgate Community School District is using a robot to ensure that its Fordline Elementary School campus is disinfected. It’s the first school in Michigan to utilize Xenex Disinfection Services’ germ-zapping technologies to destroy germs throughout the building.

Southgate Community Schools recently partnered with Forefront to provide custodial services for the district’s eight schools. One of the reasons for the partnership was Forefront’s specialized experience in serving the hospital and senior living markets with environmental services and infection prevention services. Forefront proudly serves over 40 hospitals and senior living communities in 14 states.

Forefront began providing custodial services for Southgate Community Schools in March 2022. When Forefront learned that Southgate’s Fordline Elementary School was experiencing a rising number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff members, it brought in Xenex’s UV technologies to quickly destroy severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, on surfaces.

Handheld disinfection tool

Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots have been deployed by healthcare facilities worldwide. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, LightStrike robots are now used in airports, schools, hotels, sports arenas, police stations and correctional facilities, convention centers to quickly disinfect large rooms and areas.

To disinfect the entire school quickly, the Forefront team used a LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot to disinfect large spaces within the school, including classrooms, the gymnasium, cafeteria and restrooms. In addition, they used five Deactivate devices, a handheld disinfection tool designed to quickly destroy germs in compact areas, in the school’s smaller areas like offices and special needs areas.

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