Based on the CDC and MDH guidelines related to how the virus is spread, our ventilation systems on campus should actually reduce the risk of transmission in our buildings.
Based on the age of the building and use of the building, our ventilation systems vary to some degree but as a general rule, the following things do apply:
In discussions with MDH, with distancing and masking practices, they currently do not feel that there would be enough concentration within an aerosolized form to cause an infection.
Our ventilation system has a major dilution effect on any airborne particles. Our exhaust systems in nearly all spaces are in the ceiling which causes a normal updraft rather than pulling horizontally across the room.
The short answer is no, this is highly unlikely.
Here is the longer answer of why not:
Facilities Management will follow the CDC and MDH guidelines on enhanced cleaning practices and will be cleaning and disinfecting the common touchpoints in all public spaces at least once per day (classrooms, bathrooms, lounges, study areas, etc.).
Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed at all primary entrances to all buildings on campus.
A small refillable bottle of hand sanitizer will be placed in each office complex for use by occupants of the space and visitors.
The campus will not be providing and stocking within these smaller locations. We are encouraging employees and students to have their own supply of sanitizer with them for use in this type of area if desired.
Plexiglas barriers are being installed at all primary transaction counter areas across campus upon request. When possible, we encourage creative placement of furniture in your space to ensure 6-foot distancing when people enter your space. Facilities can assist in these efforts as well. Contact the Facilities Management Office at 218.299.3362 and it will get routed to the appropriate individual to help you out.
No, due to lack of storage options, furniture will only be removed in rare situations.
If possible, arrange the furniture to enable 6-foot distancing. If this is not possible, signs to let people know the seating is out of order can be utilized in lieu of removing extra chairs. (A suite of signs will be available on CobberNet on July 24.)
Due to fire code and other safety considerations, the college will not be implementing one-way hallways, stairwells, and entrances on campus.