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Required Actions of All Persons on Campus


As a leading educational institution, it is essential that WKU develop comprehensive training to provide the campus community with essential knowledge to prepare faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors to safely maneuver a campus restart with COVID-19 prevalent in our community. 

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” is the act of keeping six feet (two meters) of distance between yourself and other people. So, why six feet? Thanks to gravity, the droplets we each expel when we breathe, talk, cough or sneeze, will likely travel less than six feet before falling to the ground or surfaces below face level. Physical distancing, in combination with minimizing touchpoints and utilizing controlled airflow, is crucial in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Additional measures will be introduced prior to the restart of operations in accordance with regulatory requirements and other identified health and safety practices.

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    Additional measures will be introduced prior to the restart of operations in accordance with regulatory requirements and other identified health and safety practices,

Appropriate face masks include a cloth face covering or appropriate paper mask that covers both the nose and mouth. Wear cloth face covering or appropriate mask that covers both nose and mouth when social distance is not possible. When we breathe, talk, cough or sneeze, small droplets are expelled, and for an infected person, the droplets likely contain the COVID-19 virus. Being exposed to these droplets is the most probable way of contracting COVID-19.  Wearing a mask is the best way to keep these droplets contained.

These coverings are required:

  • At all times when in public areas or shared spaces within buildings, including hallways and classrooms
  • Outdoors when near others where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained (e.g. course transition times)
  • When in a vehicle with other persons, including cars, vans and buses

There are situations where a face mask is not required or cannot be worn due to the type of activity or factors related to the environment. Examples include:

  • While eating or drinking
  • While in your residence hall room or alone inside a university office 
  • In environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask (engineering bays, biology research & instructional labs, etc.)
  • Performing physical exertion, such as manual labor, running and athletics training
  • Outdoors with more than six feet continuous separation between all people
  • Other physical limitations or conditions that preclude an individual from wearing a face mask 

In all cases where a mask cannot be worn and social distancing cannot be maintained, alternative methods must be utilized to limit potential transmission of COVID-19. Specific guidance for the personal protective actions noted in this section will be included in a formal procedure document - WKU EHS-20-002 Personal Protective Measure for COVID-19.

Additional measures will be introduced prior to the restart of operations in accordance with regulatory requirements and other identified health and safety practices.

All employees are required to undergo daily temperature and health checks prior to reporting to campus. 

Additional measures will be introduced prior to the restart of operations in accordance with regulatory requirements and other identified health and safety practices.

Operational requirements dictate minimum prescribed measures for cleaning and disinfecting areas to reduce the potential for spreading COVID-19. A university-wide cleaning and disinfecting plan for fall 2020 will be developed to address specific area types, recommended procedures, and responsibilities.

  • Private Offices and Other Individually Assigned Workspaces: Cleaning and disinfection of private offices and individually assigned workspaces will be the responsibility of the employee assigned to the space. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be available in the various departments to aid in completing basic cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. 

    Additional measures will be introduced prior to the restart of operations in accordance with regulatory requirements and other identified health and safety practices.

 

 


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 Last Modified 9/24/20