UPDATE: No Identified Risk to Conference Attendees

March 07, 2020

Last night (March 6, 2020) GW was notified that some of our students attended a conference in D.C. in early March, where two other attendees (residents of another state) later tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, GW assisted those students' ability to self-quarantine overnight. We have since received updated information.

There has been a determination by public health experts that the two people at the conference did not present symptoms during their visit to D.C. The current information indicates that both cases have no identifiable risk for anyone exposed to them at the conference. After conferring with DC Department of Health and GW’s public health experts, we have determined that there is no current need for those students who attended to continue to self-quarantine. 

We appreciate the flexibility of the students to rearrange their plans so that they could help keep their friends and community healthy. In every community there are those who may be more vulnerable because of underlying health issues. The willingness of everyone to do their part in preventing the transmission of illness is a testament to the strength of our GW community. 

Please continue to visit the university’s COVID-19 website, go.gwu.edu/covid19 and stay updated on the latest campus messages and guidance.