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Somerton To Spray Main Street, Parks, Pathways To Eliminate COVID-19

City of Somerton
Operation Safe City will employ the use of a 550-gallon sprayer to distribute a disinfectant federal environmental officials say is effective against the coronavirus to targeted areas in Somerton on Monday, April 27, 2020.

The City of Somerton will spray disinfectant in high use areas of town beginning Monday. The goal is to eliminate the presence of COVID-19 and protect city residents. 

Somerton’s cleaning effort is called “Operation Safe City.”

Workers will use a 550-gallon sprayer to clean sections of Main Street, city pathways and park areas. The sprayer will distribute a sanitizer called Nisus DSV.  City officials say the Environmental Protection Agency recommends it as effective against coronavirus.

“This is not a substitute for all the controls we’ve been putting in place, stay at home, following the governor’s (Executive) Order, the hand washing," Ian McGaughey, Somerton’s city manager, told KAWC. "This is just something a little extra that... if it prevents one potential case of the virus, well then, it’s worth it.”

The disinfectant won't be sprayed in residential areas.  McGaughey says it could kill the virus for up to three weeks.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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