Butte County Health Department receives UV System donation to fight COVID-19

A Chico-based company, UV Systems, has donated one UV sterilization unit to the Butte County Public Health Department.

Posted: May 15, 2020 4:57 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A Chico-based company, UV Systems, has donated one UV sterilization unit to the Butte County Public Health Department.

The company, UV Systems is dedicated to building high-quality UV sterilization systems.

The sterilization unit is capable of sterilizing up to 2,000 square feet, in just 15 minutes, at a 99.9% efficacy, according to health officials.

Butte County Public HEalth said they will use the unit to help protect frontline workers and their facilities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The UV system was delivered to public health on Thursday and can be used for infectious disease outbreak response, sterilization support, and day-to-day healthcare operations, health officials said in a release Friday.

“The Emergency Preparedness Program is grateful to have this valuable asset to support our local healthcare facilities during this time. We appreciate the generosity of UV systems for their kind donation,” stated Jessica Driskill, Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager for Butte County Public Health.

Public health said the UV Sterilization unit will become a Butte-Glenn Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition asset. Coalition members may also utilize the system during an emergency activation. Butte County Healthcare facilities can request this resource through the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator program.

UV-C Sterilization technology has a long history of effectiveness in killing 99.9% of all viruses, bacteria, fungus and mold when used properly.

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (ultraviolet C or UVC) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions, health officials said in a release.

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