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TAMUCC getting a handle on disinfecting, sanitizing campus this Spring Break

Posted at 7:28 PM, Mar 12, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nueces County, but many schools are using this time to deep clean campuses.

SSC Services is a custodial company that cleans all Texas A&M University System campuses throughout the year. This week, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, those cleaning efforts were ramped up.

Anything students, faculty or staff touch on campus has been disinfected.

"Doors, elevator buttons, light switches, desks, chairs, stair rails, restrooms are a priority," said SSC Assistant Director for Facilities at TAMU-CC Cris Calabria.

Calabria's team has been working to disinfect the campus' 54 buildings for the last seven days.

“It’s a little bit of an add-on," Calabria said. "We’re working with some different chemicals, so we’ve had to train our employees a little better on the disinfecting versus the cleaning.”

All products being used to disinfect campus are approved by the CDC to combat COVID-19.

They include certain aerosol sprays, chemical concentrates and Clorox wipes.

Kellie Dugan is a student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi who stayed on-campus during the break.

“The fact that they’re making sure everything is clean really makes me feel better knowing that I’m staying here for Spring Break,” she said.

Her roommate, Aimee Aleman, is also grateful the school is doing what's needed to keep things safe.

“Being the second semester, we’re kind of in that half way point," she said. "I kind of just want to finish off, but also, whatever is the safest plan.”

Calabria said the timing of Spring Break has worked in their favor since most students are not on campus.

“It’s actually been very beneficial for us because there have been no classes this week,” he said.

“I think they’re smart to wait,” said student Payton Smith. ”I know we just closed a lot of travel to other countries and we have a lot of foreign students and professors.”