Slow the Spread: A How-to Guide

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Wear a face mask or covering

The state of Colorado requires individuals to wear face coverings in public.  This is also required on all Colorado State University grounds.

  • Wear a face covering when in a common area such as any university building; workspace; classroom; food court or dining hall (except while eating); study area; residence hall common area such as a hallway, stairwell, elevator, or bathroom; and outside on university grounds when you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Employees who are working in private offices or work spaces do not need to wear a mask while they are alone in that area.
  • Students in university housing do not need to wear a mask while alone in their room or apartment.
If an employee or student cannot wear a face covering because of medical or mental health conditions, they may request an exemption through the Office of Equal Opportunity.
6 ft distance

Physical distance - six feet

Keep six feet away from other individuals. Physical distancing helps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

Some people have the virus but do not have symptoms, so they do not know that they are ill. By keeping 6 feet distance, it reduces the risk to others of contracting the virus.

How far is six feet?
Six feet is about the length of the average sofa, the width of the average car, the height of the average door.

Do not gather in groups and stay away from crowded places. Gathering in groups greatly increases the odds of contracting the virus from others, and then potentially passing it along to someone else. 

wash hands

Wash hands

Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. When you wash your hands, wash for 20 seconds.

Washing with soap and water is more effective against the coronavirus than using hand sanitizer. You do not need to wash with an antibacterial soap.

Why wash for 20 seconds? The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is wrapped in an envelope of fat. The layer of fat is dissolved by soap and the virus falls apart making it inactive. 

When washing hands is not possible, look for one of the more than 900 hand sanitizer and wipe stations on university grounds.


Clean and disinfect

Students are expected to disinfect surfaces in teaching spaces – the chairs and desks they use – when they enter a classroom.

Instructors are expected to disinfect lecterns, tables or other spaces they use.

Disinfectant wipes and trash cans will be provided in these spaces.

Custodial crews clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, such as doors, elevator buttons and other areas, as well as food courts, dining halls, academic spaces, offices and workspaces, classrooms and public spaces, following CDC guidance and using chemicals that are effective against the coronavirus. All bathrooms, classrooms, offices, laboratories, study and learning spaces, meeting rooms, and equipment are also disinfected throughout the semester.

Students who live in university housing will be responsible for cleaning their rooms and bathrooms. The university will provide cleaning supply kits that include disinfecting materials to students who do not have their own supplies.

Faculty and staff are responsible for cleaning their workspaces and equipment such as keyboards, computers, phones, printers, desks, tables, chair arms, office light switches and doors. The university will provide cleaning supplies.


Check for fever

A fever is generally accepted as a body temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A normal body temperature is 98.7 degrees F.

A fever indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Typically, viruses are most contagious when someone is experiencing a fever.

Students, faculty and staff are required to monitor their temperatures for fever and, if they have a fever, they should not come to a campus. They should report any symptoms through the Symptom Reporter and contact their supervisor, if they are an employee or student employee. Completing the Symptom Reporter alerts CSU public health employees, who will follow up directly with the person who has reported the fever.

Students who live in university housing should remain in their room or apartment and alert their medical care provider.