Carolina Caring uses new technologies against local news viruses

NEWTON – Carolina Caring recently launched LightStrike, a disinfection robot that has been shown to destroy SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Deactivating the virus on surfaces helps protect healthcare workers and patients by reducing the risk of disease transmission. The technology is used at Carolina Caring’s Catawba Valley Hospice House in Newton.

“As COVID began to affect the world, we looked for powerful infection prevention tools to complement our environmental disinfection efforts,” said Dave Cook, President and CEO of Carolina Caring. “The innovative LightStrike robot is a breakthrough technology-based solution that helps protect our facilities and patients by destroying viruses and bacteria.”

Using high-intensity, broad-spectrum UV light, Xenex LightStrike robots quickly deactivate viruses, bacteria and spores where they are most vulnerable without damaging other materials and equipment.

Founded in 1979, Carolina Caring is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider serving 12 counties in western North Carolina. It specializes in programs that provide relief from chronic illness, major illness, and their associated challenges, including palliative care, hospice care, and grief counseling.

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