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Cleaning-Infection Protection

NMSU Facilities and Services (FS) Custodial team cleans for health and appearance.  This is extremely important as we focus on minimizing the opportunities for the Coronavirus COVID-19 to become active at NMSU.  Daily cleaning of restrooms, classrooms, and common areas is our priority.  The team will increase their frequency for cleaning door handles, exit devices, and handrails.  The Custodial teams will be verifying proper operation of all restroom sinks and soap dispensers on campus.  They will contact the Work Order Desk when repairs are required.  If you find an inoperable faucet or soap dispenser, please call the Work Order Desk at 646-7114, or send an email to AskFS@nmsu.edu and repairs will be initiated.

A relatively new technology available to the Custodial team is electrostatic disinfection.  This process consists of electrostatically charging a liquid disinfectant as it leaves a spray nozzle which allows them to cling to virtually any surface and destroy 99.9999% of pathogens allowing us to disinfect 54,000 square feet in one hour.

Facilities Operations is working with the Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management, and the Aggie Health and Wellness Center to prioritize our disinfection tasks.  Our goal is to service spaces that are highly utilized by students, faculty, and staff.  Currently, the highest priority is the Aggie Health and Wellness Center, followed by campus computer labs, centrally scheduled classrooms, residence hall common areas, Corbett Center, and Educational Services.  Other facilities may request to be added to the priority list by sending an email to AskFS@nmsu.edu.  The team will review the request, and contact the requestor with a determination.

Recommendations for infection control at home and residence halls

  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces including restrooms and common use areas
  • Dispose of trash regularly
  • Consider using refillable water bottles rather than drinking from the mouth piece of fountains
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

 

For more information on Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities click on the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html