A Carilion Clinic in Galax, Virginia has decided to temporarily close its doors this week due to an increased level of radon. The building tested at 4.3 pCi/L, and the EPA recommends any buildings with levels over 4.0 pCi/L to undergo radon mitigation.
The clinic plans to find out where the radon is entering the building and to lower the radon levels before opening their doors again. Carilion Clinic at Galax is thus asking patients to visit another one of their locations close by during this temporary closure.
“Our concern is really making sure that our staff are in a healthy place to work so we’re going to take the measures that need to be taken to make sure that this place is safe,” Chris Turnbull, the public relations manager for Carilion Clinics, has said.
The decision to temporarily close the building was made after a staff member shared concerns of a health hazard due to the elevated radon levels.