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Honoring UNC’s Essential Workers

A glimpse of how UNC’s essential workers are shifting their focus for COVID-19

A glimpse of how UNC’s essential workers are shifting their focus for COVID-19

Cleaning clinic floors, sanitizing miles of handrails, maintaining UNC Police vehicles ─ essential workers across campus do these daily tasks and much, much more to keep Carolina operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, many while wearing personal protective equipment on long shifts and making personal sacrifices.

Crews from the Department of Transportation and Parking are used to keeping campus parking facilities operating during unusual circumstances such as snowstorms or hurricanes. Now, they focus on protecting employees and visitors. Three- and four-person teams sanitize 10 parking decks daily, paying special attention to those that UNC Health workers and campus visitors use.

“Our normal focus is on maintenance to equipment or lighting,” Naylor said. “Now, our focus is totally on COVID-19. We’re all on one shift during the day so we can see better and have better lighting.”

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