YOUNGSTOWN —Youngstown State University today unveiled 10 handwashing stations that will be deployed across campus as students return to campus Aug. 17 for the start of the fall semester.
“These units are part of the university’s comprehensive plans for a safe and healthy return to classes on campus,” Julie Gentile, YSU director of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, said in a news release.
“Health experts agree that washing your hands may be the single most effective defense to the spread of the coronavirus. YSU is committed to ensuring that all students have facilities available to keep their hands clean and virus-free.”
Each of the touchless wash stations, produced by Personal Protected in New Middletown provide four washing units allowing 720 individual, 20-second hand-washes per hour. YSU student Jessica Swartz created the YSU graphics for each station.
Five of the stations were donated by Ellen Tressel, wife of YSU President Jim Tressel.
“As we gear up for the start of fall semester, these stations are one way to make sure that our students are as safe as they can be,” Ellen Tressel said.
After spring break in March, YSU switched to all online, remote classes in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and students have not been back on campus since. The university has announced that it plans to restart on-campus classes for the fall semester and has developed safety and health guidelines and other protocols as students return.
The handwashing stations will be located in building lobbies, at the WATTS center and various other areas on campus. The stations are mobile and designed with barriers to help with social distancing.
Personal Protected is a division of Hitch-Hike Manufacturing, a family-owned business started in the 1970s. “Our students are our future, and we want our future to be healthy,” Jeff Swartz, company president, said.