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General Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus and to implement practices that reduce its spread. This can best be accomplished by:

Avoid Close Contact

Use of Face Coverings

  • 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.

Practice Respiratory and Cough Etiquette

  • 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. This should be done often, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Follow Other Good Hygiene Practices

  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places and minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices.

Clean and Disinfect


  • Be aware of your health and if you feel the onset of Coronavirus Symptoms, contact your health care provider.
  • 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.

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.

Teach Remotely

Deliver your classes online.
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Work Remotely

Make a flexible workplace arrangement.
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