|The COVID-19 pandemic has made purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), community
protective equipment (CPE) and cleaning supplies very challenging. A team of representatives
from Facilities Services, Emergency Management, Safety, Health and Sustainability,
and Business & Financial Services are centrally procuring COVID-19 supplies for the
University and leveraging available resources to build the University’s stockpile
of supplies as quickly as possible. This centralized approach provides for consistent,
cost-effective bulk purchasing of COVID-19 safety and cleaning supplies that align
with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) recommendations, and County health guidelines. Individual departments are not
required to purchase these supplies independently.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday 9:00am- 3:00pm
Academic Hall 202
Satellite Locations for Face Coverings
SBSB 1103 (M-Th, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm), USU Computer Lab (Operating Hours), ELB 5th Floor
Lobby (M & W, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm)
The following guidelines are provided to assist schools, colleges and departments
in determining their COVID-19 safety supply needs in preparation for the fall.
Face Coverings (CPE)
- Cloth face coverings (CPE): Face coverings may also be brought from home and worn
as long as it meets the CDC’s face mask recommendations and does not contain symbols,
words or objects that violate any University policies.
- Disposable Face Coverings: Everyone is encouraged to use the reusable cloth face coverings
instead of disposable masks. Schools, colleges and departments will be provided with
a supply of disposable face coverings, if needed, to have for:
- Staff with approved accommodations to receive them
- Staff who require them due to the nature of the work (i.e., food handling, laboratories,
- Face shields: Clear face shields will be offered to faculty, staff and students where
applicable due to the nature of their work and/or their work areas. This may include
work in research laboratories, in locations where maintaining sufficient social distancing
is challenging, and for approved accommodations (via HR or DSS). The face shields
are reusable and can be disinfected after use with disinfectant spray or disinfecting
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
N95 Respirators: The availability of N95 respirators is very limited. N95 respirators
are reserved for health care workers and first responders (University Police) who
have the potential to directly care for or transport a person with suspected COVID-19
and for faculty and staff who use a hazardous material that requires N95 respiratory
Everyone is encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water throughout
the day, especially after they have been in a public place, used a shared object,
or coughed or sneezed. When soap and water is not readily available, an approved hand
sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be used. The CDC recommends hand
washing with soap and water whenever possible as the best means of hand sanitization.
- Building hand sanitizer stations: Facilities Services has installed at least one new
hand sanitizer station in the main entrance or lobby of each building These stations
are available for everyone’s use and will be refilled as needed. Departments do not
need to request hand sanitizer stations.
- Personal bottles of hand sanitizer: Except for unique situations, the University does
not currently plan to replenish or continually supply personal bottles of hand sanitizer
to employees. Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water whenever
possible and to use building hand sanitizer stations.
- Departmental hand sanitizer bottles: In locations where access to a sink or the building
hand sanitizer stations is not readily available, a bottle of hand sanitizer may be
requested to have available centrally in the area. When access to a sink is available,
hand washing with soap and water is preferred.
|At this time, gloves are not included as COVID-19 related supplies. Per the guidelines
from the CDC, gloves are not required or recommended for general use to protect against
COVID-19. Gloves for use by faculty and staff in health care settings, research labs,
Food Services and Facilities Services as appropriate should be requested through normal
|At this time, individual departments do not need to have thermometers
Disinfectant Spray & Microfiber Towels
|Faculty and staff will be provided cleaning resources so that they have the opportunity
to wipe down surfaces they use, such as desks and chairs before sitting down for class,
or after using office spaces. Spray bottles with disinfectant solution and microfiber
towels will be provided to support this effort. Spray bottles of disinfection/cleaning
solution and microfiber towels will be provided to support self-cleaning of personal
work areas. Custodial crew will continue to clean and disinfect common areas. One
disinfectant spray bottle is given out with five microfiber towels. You can order
a disinfectant spray bottle that comes with microfiber towels from the Covered Cougar
Resource Request Form.
COVID-19 Supply Request Form
Departments must be considerate of the supply limitations and plan for their initial
needs only. Departments must not request supplies to stockpile future use. Additional
or replenished supplies will be available when needed.
Once compiled, each school, college or department should submit a COVID-19 supply
request form to request their initial needs. Ordering for your immediate needs will
allow for the limited stock of supplies to be distributed to meet the most immediate
needs and allow the supply stockpile to accommodate future supply requests. Excessive
requests will require follow-up by SH&S staff members.
A supply request form must be filled out for each item being requested. For instance,
if you are requesting ten face coverings and two bottles of hand sanitizer, you must
submit two separate forms.
Department Representative Equipment Request Form
Pickup and Timeline
Supplies can be picked up Monday through Thursday 9:00am- 3:00pm at the Covered Cougar Distribution Center. Please allow one to two days for orders to be fulfilled after the request form is
submitted. The requester will be notified if delivery will be delayed or if their
full request cannot be fulfilled due to supply shortages. The requester will receive
an email when the supplies are ready to be picked up.
These guidelines will be updated as needed to reflect current guidance from public
health professionals and supply availability. If you have any questions or comments,
please contact the Office of Safety, Health, and Sustainability firstname.lastname@example.org.