How Onondaga County Deployed Air Purifiers For COVID-19 Testing Sites
The main challenge at Onondaga County.
The COVID-19 pandemic, in many ways, was the green light that many facilities personnel needed to dive into indoor air quality initiatives. For Archie Wixson, Deputy Commissioner of Facilities Management at Onondaga County, this was most definitely the case. Many years leading up to the pandemic he had been upgrading HVAC systems and filters throughout his buildings. He knew it mattered before all this happened, and during it was top of mind for many throughout the organization.
Daniel Hammer and Archie Wixson teamed up together to ensure that they were providing the best possible indoor air quality solution to the essential workers and guests that were inhabiting the facilities.
Mission-critical facilities supported by a real solution.
Wixson and his team first started by trying to address the problem directly through HVAC filtration and upgrading to highest level MERV filters his air handlers could effectively run. Upon first test of air quality in a main facility at Onondaga County it was clear that these filters were doing well at capturing large amounts of particulates, but not enough at ultrafine levels.
Daniel and Archie decided to get another opinion and hear from HealthWay Family of Brands on how they could best provide a solution to remove the smallest most dangerous ultrafine particles. HealthWay Family of Brands technicians visited the Onondaga County facilities, presented a few solutions, and toured the various spaces to learn about the utilization, take measurements and start building a comprehensive plan to improve indoor air quality.
The solution implemented at various facilities.
Over the course of a couple of weeks HealthWay made recommendations for air purifiers throughout the ecosystem. Several 950P commercial air purifiers with 950 CFM and a cleaning capacity of 3,500 sq/ft were used in larger spaces including COVID-19 testing sites. Many plug and play Compact units were placed throughout offices to reduce particle load when employees and guests visited the space for services. As part of a complete safety program, Onondaga County relied on HealthWay to provide clean air recommendations and solutions throughout various facilities including offices, libraries, schools and others.
Onondaga County has continued to lead the way by implementing a robust response plan to combat the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19 and as more people come back to work in offices across the county, they are looking to HealthWay to continue providing a solution.
HealthWay air purifiers continue to be added to various facilities including the department of water, schools and many others to help improve overall safety and wellbeing of occupants as they continue to increase the number of people and occupancy in spaces.
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