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EDM Friday Briefing: EPA Releases List of Effective Disinfectants for COVID-19

EDM Friday Briefing: EPA Releases List of Effective Disinfectants for COVID-19


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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 6, 2020: The U.S. Senate passed a $8.3 spending package to fight COVID-19; a tour helicopter in Hawaii made a hard landing and rolled over; global cases of the novel coronavirus reach 100,000 as cases in China continue to drop; the deadly tornado that ripped through Putnam County, Tennessee, has been rated an EF-4; the Grand Princess cruise ship is being held off the coast of California after two previous passengers tested positive for the coronavirus; the southeastern coast of New England is likely to feel the impacts of a developing bomb cyclone; 32 people are dead in Brazil after torrential rainfall led to widespread flooding and landslides; and the EPA has released a list of effective disinfectants against COVID-19.

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1) There are a total of 215 coronavirus cases in the United States, and several more states now have confirmed cases of COVID-19, including Colorado, Nevada, and Tennessee. At least 12 deaths in the United States are being linked to the novel coronavirus; eleven of these fatalities were in Washington state. To combat the outbreak, an $8.3 billion spending package was approved by the U.S. Senate.

2) A tour helicopter made a hard landing and rolled over in a remote area of Puna, Hawaii, on Thursday. There were six people on board the helicopter when the incident occurred, although no injuries have been reported. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot was forced to land the craft due to an indicator light signifying a problem with the tail rotor.

3) Globally, 100,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus, with a total of more than 3,347 deaths. Japan now has more than 1,050 cases and will quarantine all visitors from China and South Korea before they are permitted to enter the country. Cases in China continue to drop drastically with only 139 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported on Thursday.


4) The deadly tornado that ripped through Putnam County in Tennessee early Tuesday has been classified as an EF-4 by the National Weather Service (NWS). The tornado killed 18 people and injured another 88, and one person remains missing: Leah Suzanne Weeks. The path and width of the tornado are still being assessed by the NWS, who said winds reached an estimated 175 mph.

5) A cruise ship is being held off the coast of California after it was determined that two individuals who had been on the ship for a cruise to Mexico tested positive for the coronavirus; one of those individuals has died. The Grand Princess departed San Francisco for Hawaii, but was ordered to halt until testing for the coronavirus could be conducted. The Coast Guard flew 200 test kits to the ship, and once testing is completed, the kits will be airlifted to Richmond.

6) Southeastern New England is bracing for impacts from a bomb cyclone, the effects of which will impact the area beginning late Friday and into Saturday. The edge of the coastal region is likely to experience high winds, snow and coastal flooding through Saturday. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued high wind warnings for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, beginning Friday night. Wind gusts are forecasted to reach 65 mph.

7) Torrential rainfall has lashed Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, since Sunday, prompting widespread flooding and deadly mudslides. At least 32 have died, dozens remain unaccounted for and more than 5,000 people have been displaced. Rainfall amounts of six inches fell across the regions in just 32 hours. Officials stated that more rainfall was forecast and have asked communities to remain on alert for massive landslides, flooding, and strong winds.

8) As ongoing efforts are intensified in the fight to contain the emerging coronavirus, COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of disinfecting agents to protect against the spread of the disease. According to the EPA, the coronavirus is an envelope virus, meaning it is among the easiest types of viruses to kill when using the correct products. The products must be approved through the Emerging Viral Pathogen program, and some of those disinfectants identified as being effective include various Clorox and Lysol products.


Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.