Responding to COVID-19: Purdue Research

College of Science professor Mahdi Abu-Omar directs a research program aimed at developing metal catalysts for renewable energy and environmental applications. (Purdue University / Mark Simons)

It is critically important that all students, faculty and staff monitor for and report any COVID-19-related symptoms to the Protect Purdue Health Center by calling 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043.

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Current Research Operations (Updated: June 17, 2020)

Thank you for the actions you have taken over the past months to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Purdue community and beyond. As we allow increased access to campus for research, the health, safety, and well-being of our community continues to be at the forefront of our decisions. This means that our researchers should expect research spaces and laboratories to function differently than before COVID-19. This is likely to continue until a vaccine is widely available. 

The Protect Purdue Pledge outlines our collective responsibility to practice COVID-19 safety measures that will keep our campus community healthy. It can be downloaded here. As research returns to operation, it is important to underscore that our research plan has been designed for partial to complete reversibility in the event that COVID-19 is identified in facilities on Purdue’s campus. While we expect our COVID-19 safety measures to significantly reduce the likelihood of this occurring, all members of our community should be prepared for this possibility. 

The work to evaluate, modify and approve public spaces in over 100 campus buildings with research activities for compliance with COVID-19 safety measures is complete. Building Deputies will continue to monitor the public spaces as access to research spaces in these buildings is increased. 

Over the next month, researchers will continue to submit Individual and Multi-PI Research Space SOPs and COVID-19 Shared User Facilities SOPs. Increased access to campus facilities will continue at a pace that ensures adequate PPE, cleaning and disinfecting supplies are available for on-going research needs. All on-campus work should be conducting in alignment with the approved COVID-19 Research Space SOP. 

Researchers should work remotely whenever possible. When on campus, all personnel should wear a cloth or disposable mask in accordance with Purdue’s guidelines and practice good hygiene. The use of proper lab and safety equipment, and use of buddy system in labs with hazardous materials, should continue. 

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