COVID-19 Update from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

Campus Community to be Provided University-Branded Face Coverings

Creighton University will provide all students, faculty and staff a University-branded, washable cloth face covering as part of its efforts to safely reopen campus for the fall semester. The face coverings will be ordered through the University’s Strategic Sourcing.

Creighton is requiring all individuals on campus to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces or when with another person in private spaces, such as an office.

Face coverings can be removed when exercising or eating (please maintain six-foot social distancing in these situations), or when one is alone in a private work space or residence hall room. Also, individuals performing physical labor are allowed to work without a face covering, but ideally should practice social distancing.

Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth entirely; please watch this video in which CHI Health physician, Creighton School of Medicine professor and infectious disease expert Renuga Vivekanandan, MD, explains how to properly wear a face covering.

Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. The primary culprit in the spread of the novel coronavirus is believed to be tiny respiratory droplets that are emitted when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. Cloth face coverings – along with social distancing of at least six feet – can mitigate the spread of these infectious particles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals wear cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and this action is consistent with Creighton’s Jesuit values of care and concern for others.

While Creighton’s campus remains closed to nonapproved faculty, staff, students and visitors, mission-critical employees currently reporting to campus must wear a face covering in public spaces and when with another person.

Creighton will continue to provide medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) – such as gloves, surgical masks, protective gowns, N95 respirators, etc. – for those students, faculty and staff who require it as part of their work, research or clinical experience.

It also remains important for individuals to practice good hand hygiene, washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Creighton’s Strategic Sourcing and Facilities Management will supply and maintain additional hand sanitizing stations across campus.

Classroom Spaces

Classroom, laboratory and venue spaces on campus have been analyzed to determine the maximum capacity of each room based on public health directives around social distancing and gathering sizes. CIRT members continue their work to identify and maximize campus spaces for academic needs.

Recreation Areas

Maintaining social distancing and managing student, faculty and staff density in campus buildings remains another priority. The Kiewit Fitness Center, for instance, plans to spread out its exercise equipment over several courts on the lower level.

Bluejay Pack and Move

With approval from Creighton’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), Student Life widened the scope of its Bluejay Pack and Move program to a 500-mile radius, now including cities such as Chicago and Denver.

Student Life began contacting these students on May 29 asking if they would like to make an appointment to pick up their residence hall belongings, have them stored in a secure storage facility until August, or packed and moved to their next on-campus residence hall room.

Nearly 900 students had belongings to collect from more than 550 rooms.