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The importance of janitors is reinforced

Anthonella Del Rio, COVID-19,

Acrylic on canvas, 10” x 14”,

2020, Painting I

The outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus has caused the shutdown of schools, businesses, and community centers, but this hasn’t stopped the janitorial staff at Lehigh Carbon Community College from doing their job.

The job of the maintenance staff at LCCC is more important now than ever because of the new standards and guidelines that are being implemented to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

“We are constantly monitoring social distancing of anyone on campus and taking all necessary steps in ensuring the safety of our personnel,” George A. Calaba, the director of facility management at LCCC, said.

There have also been new changes to the way the staff operates and the products they use. These changes should help to make the campus more sanitary during this pandemic.

“The cleaning procedures have changed in that we ordered a stronger cleaning/disinfecting agent and we are concentrating on keeping those high-trafficked areas disinfected,” Calaba said. “It's not as much of a concern now with most everyone working from home, but we continue to deep clean those areas just in case.”

The janitorial staff at LCCC is working around the clock to make sure that the school is safe and sanitary for when classes will once again be held on-campus. Students can help to prevent the spread by staying home, practicing social distancing, and washing their hands. For more information on the coronavirus and how to protect against it, visit

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