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A Day in the Life of an Essential Worker

Published on 22 July 2019

Essential workers are keeping St. Louis College of Pharmacy running smoothly while the College prepares for a safe return to campus in the fall.

Carrie Ornelas, lead custodian, shares what it’s like working on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What have you been doing while everyone is away?

My crew and I are completing detail work that we can’t complete during the academic year.

We also are getting the residence hall rooms ready for when students return in a few weeks. I look forward to seeing all of their smiling faces back on campus even if they are smiling under their masks.

What is being done to help keep everyone safe?

The College has provided us with the necessary personal protective equipment, cleaners and equipment to make our jobs easier and help us thoroughly sanitize everything in an efficient manner.

We also removed furniture that is positioned close together to comply with social distancing recommendations.

What is something you will look back on after the pandemic?

As a housekeeper, I am already aware of the importance of keeping things sanitized and clean.

This pandemic has solidified the importance of sanitation.

What are you looking forward to once students return to campus?

I love working at the College because of the interactions I have with students, faculty and staff.

Since our campus is smaller than other colleges, it provides me with the opportunity to develop relationships with members of our community.


The College values the health and safety of the campus community and is working diligently to prepare for the fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17, and the academic calendar has been adjusted to reduce the amount of travel for students.

Learn more about ways the College is supporting health and safety on campus.

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