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Workplace Prevention

In addition to general coronavirus Prevention guidance, employees are expected to practice the following workplace prevention practices:


Social Distancing

  • Use best efforts to keep at least six feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
  • Minimize the use of other workers’ phones, devices, tools and equipment.
  • Respect others in communal or enclosed spaces including elevators by limiting entry.

Use of Face Covering

  • Face coverings are encouraged on campus, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated, but they are not required.

Frequent Handwashing

  • 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, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Respiratory and Cough Etiquette

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on a 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.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately 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% alcohol.

Cleaning and Disinfection


  • Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that contact tracing can be performed if you become symptomatic.
  • Provide information, as needed, to allow contact tracers from the University and the Health Department to conduct tracing.

*Clinical areas will have additional site-specific protocols with which to comply.

The University has developed signs to remind you of prevention protocols to follow. The signs are available to download and print in the Download Zone.

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