COVID-19 Update: First Confirmed Student Case

March 18, 2020

The university has learned that a George Washington University student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student lives off-campus and is doing well. Following the advice of public health officials, the student has self-isolated off-campus since being diagnosed.  

GW is working closely with DC Health and the student to identify anyone on campus who may have been in contact with this individual. Those individuals who may have been exposed are being notified directly by DC Health and will receive instructions on monitoring for symptoms, a recommendation to self-quarantine and will be assessed to determine if testing is recommended.

If you are not notified by DC Health, you have not been identified to be at risk of developing symptoms as it relates to this particular case.

In our continuing effort to provide care and resources to our community, we are reaching out to those members of our community contacted by DC Health to offer our additional assistance. If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone you know has been exposed, please complete this form so that we may follow up to offer assistance. 

This latest development may create additional stress and uncertainty among our community. Please know that our team of health and safety experts is closely monitoring the rapidly changing course of COVID-19. We will continue to provide additional information, support and resources to protect the health, safety and well-being of our community during this extraordinary situation. Previously announced virtual instruction, telework requirements for most employees, travel restrictions, social distancing and events guidance are still in place. Detailed information is always available on our COVID-19 website.

In addition, members of the university community who believe they may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Colonial Health Center at 202-994-5300 or their healthcare provider.

Thank you to each of you for your role in limiting the spread of COVID-19, including by adhering to social distancing guidelines. Our responsibilities to keep our community safe as individuals and as a community are more critical than ever to fight the spread of the virus. By continuing to demonstrate care and support for one another, we can help keep our GW community healthy and safe.