Face Coverings Mandatory Beginning Friday

April 23, 2020 - 9:18am

Face coverings must be worn by anyone who enters an indoor facility other than their residence, or while outdoors when the person is unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another person at all times, beginning Friday, April 24, per the most recent Humboldt County Public Health Order.

This applies to anyone making essential trips on the HSU campus. Please note a statewide shelter in place order is still in effect. View the county order here (pdf)

Face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment, but you should be aware of how to use them properly and their limitations. While face coverings won’t prevent you from exposure to COVID-19, they will help prevent you from spreading COVID-19. For this reason, they only work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if everyone wears them. 

The covering should cover both your nose and mouth and does not have to be a surgical mask. 

It will also inhibit you from touching your nose or your mouth which:

  • Protects you from touching contaminated objects and potentially getting live virus into your nose or your mouth or your eyes.

  • Protects others, by keeping you from touching your nose or mouth and getting the virus you may have and placing it on objects or people.

Use a face covering that has at least two layers of 100% cotton. Preferably, it will have a filtered insert, such as a coffee filter or shop cloth. It should be fitted enough not to have large gaps, but not so tight it restricts your breathing.

For more information on how to make your own covering go to: https://hsu.link/ZoP 

You can also view a video tutorial on creating a covering here: https://hsu.link/Zod 

Each covering should be used only once and then laundered, and taken off using the straps, to prevent cross-contamination from your hands to the covering and/or your face.

Laundering Options:

  • Wash them by hand with hot water and soap. Air dry or put in the dryer.

  • You may also saturate them with 60% alcohol and let air dry or,

  • Rinse with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and air dry.

  • You may also wash them in the washing machine and put them in the dryer.

You may also want to wear a face covering inside your home, if you live with someone over 65 years old, or someone who has physical conditions, like asthma, that makes them more susceptible to getting severely ill from COVID-19. 

HSU has been asking for donations of homemade face coverings that can be donated to students. All donated face coverings will be washed before being distributed to students by Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs. For more information, please contact forever@humboldt.edu.

Surgical and N95 masks are in very short supply and should be reserved for health care workers and medical professionals.

If wearing a face covering while at work would create a safety hazard, please speak directly with your supervisor to discuss accommodation. This guidance does not apply to employees requiring the use of other specific face coverings for their job type.

Please continue to follow the county’s shelter in place mandate. The best precautions against COVID-19 are still practicing good hand hygiene, keeping all surfaces disinfected, staying at home, and modeling social distancing when doing essential tasks away from home.

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