CSUF Cleaning Protocols Include Air Filtration System | Campus news
This semester, Cal State Fullerton increased its campus-wide cleaning protocols with a focus on air filtration systems to keep students and faculty safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ellen Treanor, associate vice president of strategic communications, said supervisory staff have increased the number of cleanings and the time spent cleaning.
Treanor said revised protocols suggested by health officials had shifted the university’s focus from surface disinfection to air circulation. She mentioned that at the start of the pandemic, it was recommended that the school prioritize the disinfection of high contact areas.
âCleaning the spaces seems to be less of a concern than making sure there is air circulation in the area,â Treanor said.
Treanor said these revised protocols prompted the university to upgrade its air filtration systems.
âWe have spent millions of dollars to replace all the filtration systems in our HVAC systems and to modernize all of them in the interior spaces of the campus to ensure air circulation,â said Treanor. “The CDC recommendations were adopted and said what is more important is that the air circulates.”
She added that at the start of the pandemic, the university was working with a company of industrial hygienists who were cleaning up areas of the campus where exposures were seen.
Treanor said this method of cleaning is no longer necessary, as there have been very few cases on campus. She also said there had been no case of infection after coming into contact with a surface.
However, Treanor added that when a positive COVID-19 test is reported on campus, they immediately clean up any spaces the person may have been in, and they also notify anyone who may have been in that space via protocol. notification.
Cerise Valenzuela Metzger, associate director of News Media Services, said every classroom used this semester is now cleaned daily.
âThe campus also has cleaning crews that scour the entire campus early in the morning, cleaning every classroom,â Metzger said.
Daily classroom cleaning includes cleaning furniture, dusting and mopping up, according to the CSUF website. Corridors and lobbies are also cleaned daily, including all glass surfaces, water fountains and floors.
Treanor said the university was following protocols and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Orange County Health Department.
Treanor said these clean-up procedures are expected to last at least until the end of the year.