COVID-19 Specialized Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines: ‘Focused More on Sanitizing Than Cleaning’

2 min read Coronavirus being a big topic of conversation on Radford University’s campus, many students are worried about having the university close, with others concerned more on their health.

Photo Credit: (Dylan Lepore) Some disinfectant supplies Radford University have provided offices at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.

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By Abigail Morin | amorin@radford.edu

Coronavirus being a big topic of conversation on Radford University’s campus, many students are worried about having the university close, with others concerned more on their health.

As of 2019 student population data of Radford University, approximately 9,335 students attend the university. This number concludes that roughly 3.14% (or 293 students) are reported positive with COVID-19. Radford’s Student Health Center reported 2,629 total campus-based administered tests as of Tuesday, Sept. 2. Out of the campus-based testing, 11.14% of those tests have been positive, according to Radford University’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

As of 2019 student population data of Radford University, approximately 9,335 students attend the university. This number concludes that roughly 3.14% (or 293 students) are reported positive with COVID-19. 

As of Aug. 28, Radford, Va, was listed on the New York Times’ top ten COVID-19 hot spots list – with Radford’s COVID-19 numbers rising, how is the university attempting to keep the school clean and sanitized?

When asked about the campus’s cleaning and sanitization procedures, Caitlyn Scaggs, Associate Vice President for University Relations, directed towards the Campus Reopening Plan

COVID-19 Specialized Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines, within the Campus Reopening Plan, states that “appropriate staff will receive training for cleaning and disinfection methods as well as appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).”

The Housekeeping Department procedures for viral and bacterial prevention are to clean and disinfect daily. They clean and disinfect entrance doors, elevators, stairwells, public restrooms, classrooms, and furniture, among other surfaces that are frequent human contact points. 

The university states that it strives to fulfill the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

According to Scaggs, 59 workers are currently employed in the custodial/ housekeeping positions, and none of those employed have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Aug. 28. 

Custodians are required to wear face coverings, exercise physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear gloves.

After the campus closed last Spring due to COVID-19, the university engaged in a “robust effort to clean and reconfigure the campus,” which included deeply sanitizing, installing plexiglass barriers, and unique door hardware to prevent as much contact as possible. 

Radford University claims that they have made significant efforts to ensure the implementation of their COVID-19 Specialized Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines through adequate staff numbers.

The university has focused more on sanitizing than cleaning. Due to this shift in focus, the university asks that students clean up after themselves, tidy up the spaces around them, and follow physical distancing guidelines.

Photo Credit: (Dylan Lepore) Some disinfectant supplies Radford University has provided offices at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.