Information and university updates about COVID-19 and CARES Act Funds.

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COVID-19 Health & Educational Training Resources

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our employees, students, and visitors. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our workplaces.

Please read and watch the recommended materials below.

Handwashing

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented across campus. Employees, students, and visitors are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes, and after using the restroom, copy machine, or any other shared surfaces. Some spaces may have hand-sanitizer dispensers that can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, if hands are not visibly soiled.

Hand sanitizer units will be installed outside every main public restroom and large student gathering areas such as lobbies, lounges, and cafeterias. Facilities Department will refill units on a regular basis. Personal hand sanitizer units will be made available to all employees.

Respiratory Etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze

Employees, students, and visitors are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward.

Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters throughout the campus.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is encouraged in the workplace through the following engineering and administrative controls:

  • Customer service counters will be provided signage, stanchions, or other barriers to encourage proper social distancing.
  • Employees, students, and visitors are discouraged from gathering in groups based upon the current recommended guidelines.
  • Employees, students, and visitors are discouraged from gathering in confined areas, including elevators, and from using other employees’ personal protective equipment, phones, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment.
  • USF will utilize telework, flexible work hours, staggered shifts on an as needed basis if determined necessary to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.

CDC | Cloth Face Covering Questions and Answers

Cloth Face Coverings

Beginning, May 3, 2021, the use of face coverings is not required on campus but strongly encouraged, especially in classrooms and other academic areas. Good judgement and respect for others is key as we transition to a post‐COVID campus.

Regular Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced and will be provided by Mid-American Cleaning Contractors and USF employees. Mid-American provides daily cleaning and disinfecting Sunday night through Friday.

  • Increased disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as door handles, rails, restrooms, breakrooms, work surfaces, etc.
  • Disinfecting supplies have been provided to all departments and encouraged to disinfect high-touch items in their areas such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, copy machines, credit card readers, etc.
  • Clean On The Go Super HDQL10 will be used for disinfecting.

Additional Health Information

Refer to these external websites for additional health and safety information relating to COVID-19.