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All Points Medical Waste Deemed an Essential Business

We’ll Continue to Serve our South Florida Customers

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a “stay-at-home” order for the entire state. This mandate went into effect on Thursday, April 2 at midnight and will stay in effect for 30 days. The order requires all non-essential businesses to close to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Coronavirus. Although it may seem self-explanatory, there is some confusion as to what an essential business is and which companies or services are permitted to continue their operations. According to the Department of Homeland Security those who transport and dispose of medical waste are essential. Here is a quick guide to the other businesses that are considered essential:

The following industries are considered essential to the infrastructure of the country:

  • Healthcare and Public Health: this includes hospital and laboratory workers, caregivers, mental health providers, doctors, nurses, researchers, pharmacists, technicians, funeral home and cemetery workers and other related workers
  • Law Enforcement, public safety and first responders: this includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, 911 call center workers, emergency service operations workers
  • Communications and IT: including technicians, operators, call centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, news reporters, weather forecasters, studio, and technicians for news gathering and reporting, data center operators, HVAC and electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators
  • Chemical: this includes manufacturing plants staff, workers in laboratories and at distribution facilities, those who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products
  • Government facilities: this includes election personnel, building employees, security staff, trade officials, custom workers, educators
  • Critical manufacturing: including those who manufacture materials and products for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, dam operations, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, defense industrial base
  • Defense industrial base: this includes aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon systems mechanics and maintainers
  • Energy: this includes utilities and telecommunications staffers, natural gas/propane workers, the electricity industry, engineers, cybersecurity/risk management staff, and environmental remediation
  • Financial: including bank employees and other financial/lending institutions employees
  • Food and agriculture: this includes grocery store and pharmacy workers, some restaurant workers, including delivery drivers, company cafeterias, animal agriculture workers, and the food and beverage industries, farmers, food processing workers, warehouse workers, and food truck delivery drivers
  • Nuclear reactors, materials, and waste: this includes all staff who work at these facilities
  • Transportation systems: this includes mass transit workers, auto repair and maintenance workers, trash collectors, postal and shipping workers, air traffic controllers, air transportation employees, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure
  • Public Works: including workers who inspect and maintain dams, locks, levees, bridges, sewer main breaks, traffic signals and buried/underground utilities
  • Water: this includes those workers who are needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure

All Points Medical Waste provides essential waste and disposal services to hospitals, doctors offices, dental practices, veterinarian offices, clinics, treatment and surgery centers, among other facilities. We are here to ensure that all your medical waste needs are met and will continue to serve our customers throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Please fill out this form or give us a call today to get more information.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Medical Waste. All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated medical waste disposal and compliance company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.
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