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COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfection

What adjustments has Northwest made to restrooms to help prevent spread of COVID-19?  (updated 12/9/20)

Northwest custodial services is sanitizing restrooms more frequently.

Foot "pulls" and touchless faucets have been installed to help reduce contact with high-touch surfaces.

Are sanitizers available to students and employees?  (updated 12/9/20)

Northwest has installed additional wall-mounted hand sanitizers in building locations and provided hand-pump dispensers for office settings and portable stations for large gatherings.

Sanitizing spray, called Bearcat Thunder, also is provided in areas throughout campus to help employees and students clean touch surfaces after use.

Northwest has intensified its disinfection efforts across the campus in accordance with guidelines shared by the CDC, the American College Health Association and other state universities.

Has Northwest upgraded its ventilation systems to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19?  (updated 8/21/20)

With the assistance of an external team, the ventilation systems throughout campus facilities were inspected to ensure operational effectiveness. Filters have been upgraded to MERV 13, and portable air purifiers with HEPA filters and UVC lighting are being deployed in strategic locations.

How is Northwest cleaning classrooms and offices?  (updated 8/18/20)

Northwest has adopted the use of a sanitizing product, which we’re calling “Bearcat Thunder” and is being made available to classrooms, offices and others throughout the campus. Bearcat Thunder is an alcohol-based product that is sprayed onto surfaces as a mist and allowed to air dry for about 3 minutes.

As a note to employees and students, bleach is not an approved cleaning or sanitizing chemical for use on campus due to risks of chemical reaction.

For more information about “Bearcat Thunder,” including an instructional video, visit