College Measures Hand Sanitization on Campus

Every hand sanitizer station has a poster highlighting the importance of sanitizing your hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The use of hand sanitizing stations is measured for the community risk dashboard (Photo illustration by Taylor Dietz).

The Together Safely risk dashboard was implemented to rate student compliance of the Albion College COVID-19 protocols. The dashboard consists of ten sections that measure this.

Higher compliance means a reduced risk and a safer community. The current score for the Albion community is an average of 7.4 out of 10 total. Higher scores for each section on the dashboard could lead to fewer restrictions on campus. 

One of the compliance scores measures the use of hand sanitizing stations and frequent hand washing. Currently, at six out of 10, this compliance section is one of the two lowest ranked. 

Chief of Staff Kelly Finn has worked to implement the Together Safely protocols and is included in the process for updating the dashboard as numbers change.

Student volunteers count the usage of the hand sanitizer stations throughout campus each week. These volunteers measure around four to six stations per week. The weekly counts are then averaged and applied to the risk dashboard. 

“Of course, this is just a small sampling of the population,” said Finn via email. “But as numbers increase, we will update the dashboard.” 

Using the hand sanitizer stations frequently will increase the compliance number and overall score on the risk dashboard, both which can lead to the possibility for reduced restrictions.

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Taylor Dietz is a senior from Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. She is majoring in English and minoring in German. Going up north is her favorite hobby and will never say no to a slice of pizza.

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