We must take care of ourselves and our community.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Spread the sanitizer across all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. After washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Door handles are a high-frequency touchpoint. Propping doors open can increase airflow and eliminate touchpoints, but some doors must remain closed (i.e., exterior doors, fire doors). Please seek advice on whether a door can be propped open or not.
Strategies you can use to minimize virus transmissions when opening doors are:
Pushing a Door Open
- Use another part of your body (hip, shoulder, or elbow) to open the door without using your hands.
- If you need to turn a handle, grip it with a paper towel or wipe, or wash/sanitize your hands afterward.
Pulling a Door Open
- Use a paper towel or wipe to grab the handle or wash/sanitize your hands afterward.
- In areas where ventilation is localized (team rooms, offices, trailers), consider keeping doors open to circulate airflow.
Be Responsible For Your Own Safety
Before sitting down at a desk and before you leave any room in which you have been working or participating in class, you must wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60 percent alcohol solution. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.).
Because on-campus activity is limited this summer, custodial services have been scaled back. Occupied buildings will be serviced on alternate days using a team staffing approach with staggered schedules. Unused spaces, such as closed classrooms, common areas, and conference rooms, will remain unavailable.
We appreciate your help with these precautionary measures and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure campus operations continue safely and efficiently. If you are present on campus:
- Practice good hand hygiene and be responsible for your own safety.
- Bring trash and recycling to designated common areas.
- Do not assume that high-frequency touchpoints in your residence hall, classroom, laboratory, building, department, or personal office have been recently wiped.
- Department areas and individual offices will not be cleaned or checked by custodial staff. You are responsible for wiping and sanitizing touchpoints in your personal areas.
- Go to a different floor if your nearest restroom has been closed because it’s in a low-use area. Restrooms will always be available in buildings that have occupants.