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Cleaning protocols to limit spread of COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of the reopening of Augustana College. The following procedures have been implemented on campus to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, sink handles, grab bars, hand railings, bathroom stalls, dining hall tables, chairs) within the Augustana College facilities at least daily once per shift and disinfect between use as much as possible.

Use of shared objects (e.g., lab equipment, computer equipment, desks) should be limited when possible and disinfected between uses.

The cleaning process mentioned above consists of the usage of a soap and water solution and physical wiping of all surfaces mentioned. The cleaning process is immediately followed with an application of disinfectant spray that is left on the surface to air dry. All disinfectant products used on the campus are EPA approved products for killing COVID-19. 

Soft and porous materials such as carpet, rugs or material in seating areas will be thoroughly cleaned and/or laundered when possible. Soft and porous materials in high traffic areas on campus may be removed.

It is the responsibility of the Building Services department of Augustana College for the cleaning and disinfecting of all hard and soft materials mentioned above on a daily basis. This process takes place prior to the start of classes Monday through Friday starting at 6 a.m.

The disinfecting procedures will continue throughout each day as necessary in common areas, stairwells, washrooms and the like. Faculty and staff offices will be supplied with cleaning materials for use by those individuals in those areas. When additional supplies are necessary a work order may be created for completion by the Building Services department staff. 

Classroom disinfecting between classroom uses will be conducted by faculty and students as directed by the faculty members in those assigned locations. A new second shift Building Services team will start a shift at 1:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. This team’s primary responsibilities will be the continuation of cleaning and disinfecting as directed in the Residential facilities only (e.g. Swanson Commons, Erikson, Westerlin, Seminary, Andreen, Gerber Dining).

Saturday and Sunday cleaning and disinfecting schedules also have been created. The primary focus again will be the residential facilities along with re-stocking of paper products as required. The Gerber Dining washrooms and the Tredway Library main floor and washrooms will be included.

Events on campus utilizing Carver PE Center, PepsiCo rec center and the Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club will be cleaned and disinfected on an as-need basis.