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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Risk Mitigation Measures

Learn about active measures the University of South Carolina is taking to reduce the likelihood of possible exposure to COVID-19. We'll continue to update this information as changes occur.

Wellness Screens

Acrylic glass dividers will be installed at all walk-up service desks areas including, but not limited to, the Russell House University Union, Center for Health and Wellbeing and residence halls.  

Routine Cleaning and Disinfection of Surfaces and Objects

Routine cleaning and disinfecting are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Normal routine cleaning with soap and water alone can reduce risk of exposure and is a necessary step before disinfection of surfaces. Based on what is currently known about COVID-19, spread from person-to-person of this virus happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets.

Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, toys, etc. Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.

Individuals may catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces and frequently touched items followed by disinfection are best practices in the prevention of COVID-19.

If an employee leaves work due to an illness or is unable to report to work because of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, their work station and any common areas they used will be closed for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting.


Enhanced Janitorial and Custodial Personnel

Staff has been added in custodial and janitorial services. Cleaning crews have been trained and are providing enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces of all workplaces, offices and classrooms. Along with their daily cleaning requirements, custodial services will increase the frequency of necessary cleanings, such as high-touch surfaces in common areas.

Cleaning of Personal Areas by Students, Faculty and Staff

Students, faculty and staff will be trained on relevant policies, plans and schedules for routine cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces. Everyone on campus will be asked to assist with focusing on cleaning their personal areas such as their computer, office phone, keyboard and other high-touch surfaces.


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