In all, CBS13 swabbed 16 high touch surfaces. A gas station pump and some bathroom stall locks we swabbed came back with borderline positive results. According to Dr. Jaron, that means some of the degraded virus RNA remained, likely after the surface had been cleaned.

However, the tests found high levels of COVID-19 on two of the surfaces we swabbed — the entry door handle to a local gym, and a self-checkout station at a local hardware store where, incidentally, we saw people shopping without masks.

“The risk of getting infected is much greater from the person next to you not wearing a mask than it is from touching the touch screen,” Norris said.