COVID-19 Update: University remote status, state orders, public health while on University grounds
From: Public Safety Team
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020
To: All Faculty and Staff
Subject: COVID-19 Update: University remote status, state orders, public health while on University grounds
Dear University community,
In light of the most recent orders from the state, we want to clarify that our university status essentially remains unchanged: Units, divisions and colleges should continue to focus on remote and virtual operations.
State orders continue to recommend working remotely. We expect all individuals who can work remotely to continue to do so at least through the month of May. At this time, neither the governor via Executive Orders nor the university’s Pandemic Preparedness Team have authorized individuals to return to work on our campuses, other than those individuals previously identified as performing essential, in-person tasks.
The university will take a measured, scaled and gradual approach to return to work plans, and will prioritize units and functions based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the nature of the work to be performed, the university’s supply of personal protective equipment, implementation of symptom and temperature monitoring, and our ability to clean and disinfect work areas.
The Pandemic Preparedness Team is developing a plan that includes a checklist that any unit working toward mobilizing additional staff on campus must work through with the Pandemic Preparedness Team. This checklist will be made available to units through Vice Presidents and Deans and is expected to be ready next week.
Employees who are working in-person performing essential tasks are reminded that they must:
- Wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. (https://safety.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Soapfor20.pdf)
- Wear a bandana or other cloth face covering at all times while on a university campus. This is a directive from both the governor and the university. Employees who do not have a cloth face covering may contact the Pandemic Preparedness Team through their supervisor or by emailing Environmental Health Service’s public health office public_health_office@Mail.Colostate.edu. Medical-grade masks are not required in most situations and should be reserved for medical personnel, certain research, and for performing specific tasks as identified by public health officials. CSU Public and Occupational Health will provide guidance on when higher level personal protective equipment is required, including medical grade surgical masks, N95 masks or gloves.
- Practice social distancing while working and anytime on university grounds, including maintaining at least six feet distancing in all work areas.
- Wipe down work areas and surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, breakrooms, and keyboards, with disinfectant that has been provided by Public and Occupational Health to most units. If employees need disinfectant, and they work Housing and Dining or Facilities Management, they should contact their department supervisor. Those who do not work in one of those departments, should contact Environmental Health Services Public Health (public_health_office@Mail.Colostate.edu).
- Monitor for symptoms and stay home if they do not feel well – regardless of whether or not the individual is experiencing symptoms of COVID, the flu or other ailments and illnesses. Supervisors are expected to accommodate sick leave requests; proof of illness is not required.
The Public Safety Team