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Carthage College to use UV technology to fight viruses

June 10, 2020

In an ongoing effort to keep students safe when they return to campus this fall, Carthage will utilize ultraviolet lighting to help kill bacteria and viruses.

Carthage purchased 38 lights from Wisconsin-based Filtration Concepts Inc. that will be installed across campus beginning in July.

“Using UV lamps will provide a cleaner environment in our buildings,” says Ted Fares, Associate Vice President of Campus Operations. “Safety on our campus is of great concern to Carthage faculty, staff, and College leadership. Parents want to know that their students will be safe.” 

UV disinfecting lights are commonly used in hospitals and other public spaces such as buses and airplanes. For about a century, ultraviolet light has been known to kill viruses and bacteria. Some experts believe it can also be effective in destroying the novel coronavirus.

Following strict protocols, the ultraviolet lighting technology will be installed inside building air ducts. In addition to killing airborne illnesses, UV lights also help with allergies. 

Carthage moved to remote instruction in mid-March, and most employees have been working remotely through May. Carthage has planned a phased reopening of campus this summer and a full return to in-person instruction this fall.