Keeping campus clean demands extra attention from staff members

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James Penive cleans a campus room as Facilities Services staff members ramp up efforts to clean, sanitize campus buildings.
Image Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills
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Teresa Roelofs wipes down a table.
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woman wiping down laundry machine
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man cleaning carpeted area in Kirkhof Center
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Maintenance, service and grounds staff members have been on the front lines keeping campus buildings clean and sanitized amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Tim Thimmesch, associate vice president for Facilities Services, said staff members and contractors have been incredible in responding to the needs of the community.

"We are really appreciative of their efforts during this ongoing situation," Thimmesch said, adding some staff members have been reassigned to populated buildings.

Extra attention has been paid to cleaning and disinfecting touchpoints like door handles, restroom fixtures and horizontal surfaces, according to Bill Lucksted, assistant director for Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers.