Former Bastrop Mayor starts disinfecting services to help combat COVID-19
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - One Bastrop man is using his organization to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Clarence Hawkins said when the pandemic started he had to adapt and address the present needs of the community, and with some time and research, he made it happen.
Hawkins started his own services as an extension of his organization FOCOLA - Fulfilling Opportunities Coalition of Louisiana.
He’s no stranger to helping the community, he was once the mayor of Bastrop, an Obama Administration appointee, and even worked with the USDA.
“I invested in equipment and personnel to help control the spread of the COVID virus," Hawkins said.
Through online tutorials and research with the CDC and EPA Hawkins bought the necessary equipment and hired some staff to start doing electrostatic disinfecting.
“We come in and we spray the whole environment, all of the high touch areas and surfaces.”
Hawkins assures there’s no wiping needed and that spraying is all a part of the process.
“When you spray with a solution, it has something called a dwell time like a dwelling. The solution needs to dwell on that surface for a period of time in order to be effective.”
Hawkins said they come and spray locations on an as-needed basis to maintain the disinfecting power and when they’re done they provide a certificate of disinfection.
“They should get some kind of verification that the facility that they’re entering has been treated because this is a matter of life and death.”
While Hawkins and his crew make their rounds he’s reminding people to do their part to stop the spread.
“We have to use all means- mask up, wash your hands, social distance.”
To schedule a disinfecting service with Hawkins and his personnel, call 318-769-2881.
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