Medical and public health community experts advise limiting the spread of COVID-19 by combining hygiene practices. These include expanded cleaning, social distancing, testing, rapid contact tracing, quarantining, and isolating impacted individuals. The following practices are proposed as the campus community returns for the fall semester, with the understanding that modified and additional efforts will be implemented as the virus and knowledge about it evolves.
Facilities Management employees will continue to perform routine cleaning of designated buildings, including high-traffic areas (classrooms, restrooms, lobbies, lounges, breakrooms, hallways, etc.), on a regularly scheduled basis. The task of disinfecting these high-traffic areas, as well as high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, door push plates, light switches, elevator buttons, handrails, and horizontal surfaces) has been added to the regular cleaning process. New cleaning technology, such as electrostatic sprayers, are being added to the cleaning protocols. This product is proven effective against COVID-19 and will provide a more efficient way to clean specific areas of campus. The campus community will continue to be responsible for keeping personal workspace clean throughout the day, including using disinfecting wipes on shared surfaces and objects (e.g., desk, chair, phone, keyboard, cabinet/file drawer handles, etc.) to help reduce the spread of germs on campus. The following steps are recommended.
Readily available testing and contact tracing are essential for the return to campus, as they allow for the rapid identification and containment of new cases. Campus personnel continue to meet with McLean County public health officials, testing providers, and other partners to develop robust on-campus capabilities in these three areas. The following guidelines will be followed.