Problem: Louisiana Delta Community College wants to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 on all of its campuses. Outside of their current sanitation measures to reduce COVID-19, they wanted additional measures to get students and faculty safely back on campus. They needed a solution that would kill air-borne pathogens like germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and pollen to accomplish their goal. LDCC partnered with Storer Services and changed its air system at all campuses to help reduce exposure to COVID-19.
Solution: Louisiana Delta Community College had Storer Services install Steril-Aire’s Enhanced Single Ended Fixtures to provide an even more extensive measure of killing bacteria and inactivating viruses. Air pulls into several air handlers, where it is then sterilized by UVC lights and distributed back throughout the campus. The entire UV spectrum can kill or inactivate many microorganism species, preventing them from replicating. UVC exposure inactivates microbial organisms such as bacteria and viruses by altering the structure and the molecular bonds of their DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA is a “blueprint” these organisms use to develop, function and reproduce. By destroying the organism’s ability to produce, it becomes harmless. After UVC exposure, the organism dies off, leaving no offspring, and the population of the microorganism diminishes rapidly. The technology itself is commonly used in hospitals and operating rooms but has seen a spike in popularity due to COVID. Nearly $100,000 worth of equipment is now in the classroom setting, with funding from the CARES act.
Legacy: By partnering with Storer Services and installing UVC lights, LDCC reached its goal of providing the cleanest environment possible for its students and faculty. As a result, they will breathe cleaner air while inside LDCC campus buildings.