Also known as Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV

Last updated April 3, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in December 2019. It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. This Novel Coronavirus is not the same strain coronavirus as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

If you believe you or someone you know may have been exposed to COVID-19, please complete this form.

Symptoms & Treatment

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • fever
  • cough or sore throat
  • shortness of breath.

Public health officials say the symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Learn more at the CDC’s website

If you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 related questions, please contact the Colonial Health Center office at 202-994-8951 during normal business hours. If you are sick, please do not walk into the health center unless directed by a CHC medical provider. Please note that operating hours may change as this situation evolves. For up-to-date hours, please visit the CHC website.

If you believe you have been exposed or someone you know has been exposed to someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 please fill out this form. 

Students, staff and faculty who are ill—no matter the cause—are encouraged to stay home and to communicate by phone or email to relevant parties (professors, supervisor, etc.) to let them know they are sick. 

Testing for COVID-19

You will be tested only if you meet the current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Clinicians will use their judgement to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether an individual should be tested. The criterial includes close contact with an individual who has a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case and recent travel to a country experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

Preventing COVID-19

clean your hands


Wash and sanitize your hands often.

cover your mouth


Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

stay home if you're sick


Stay home if you're sick.


Prevention Information


Where is COVID-19?

The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 in the United States was reported in January 2020 and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation. The D.C. Department of Health (DOH) confirms there are numerous positive cases of COVID-19 in the District of Columbia. At this time, the D.C. DOH is actively engaged, working closely with local, state, and federal health officials to identify people who may have been exposed.




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