COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Personal Hygiene

Avoiding exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as to other infectious diseases is crucial to the health and well-being of our community. Individual steps such as good hand hygiene, cleaning high touch surfaces, and staying home when ill are all important measures that protect both you and those around you.

Access to Hand Sanitizer and Personal Cleaning Products

Reed provides alcohol-based hand sanitizer at hand-sanitizing stations in all main entrances to buildings as well as other high-traffic locations. The college also provides sanitizing supplies for personal hygiene in classrooms, offices, computer labs, and residence halls.

If you purchase your own hand sanitizer, make sure it is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.

If you plan to purchase your own cleaning products, make sure the active ingredients are EPA approved to fight COVID-19. Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), containers must be labeled with manufacturer information such as hazard classification.

Best Practices

We encourage all community members to take the following steps:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Do this after you spend time in a public place, blow your nose, or cough or sneeze.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Read the CDC’s guidance on When and How to Wash Your Hands.
  • Avoid close contact with other people when sick.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including those in your home or residence hall.

  • If you are sick, stay home or in your residence hall room and avoid contact with others.
  • Wear a face covering if you must leave your home/residence hall while sick. Face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including colds, influenza, and COVID-19.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Read the CDC’s guidance on Coughing and Sneezing

Clean and disinfect.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants are effective against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) when used according to the label directions.