Information from the DC Government on COVID-19
Summary of Positive Cases on or in the Neighborhoods Near Campus
|Week||Main Campus Residents||Georgetown Law Residents||Students Residing in the Neighborhoods (Burleith, Foxhall and Georgetown)||Faculty, Students, Staff and Contractors Approved to Work on Main or Med Campus||Faculty, Students, Staff and Contractors Approved to Work on Georgetown Law Campus|
|Positive tests the week of Jan. 17-23||5||1||7||9||0|
|Positive tests the week of Jan. 10-16||9||0||7||10||2|
|Positive tests the week of Jan. 3-9||0||0||3||9||0|
|Total Positive cases since Jan. 3||14||1||17||28||2|
University Operating Status
All courses will be offered virtually for the Spring 2021 semester. On the Main Campus, we are planning to introduce some hybrid courses—virtual courses that have in-person components—for senior undergraduate students—both those in residence on campus and those living in the Washington, D.C., area—and for students in the Graduate School. We are also planning for some hybrid academic experiences for Medical, Nursing, and Law students. These programs will provide some students the option of being physically present in the classroom for in-person elements of a course, as conditions permit. Our School of Continuing Studies will be fully virtual in the Spring.
Outreach and Contact Tracing
We are working with One Medical, a leading health care provider network, to provide testing as part of the University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol. On-campus community members also must complete a daily self-attestation of symptoms via a mobile app. When Georgetown receives a red “high-risk status” badge or positive test result, our public health team connects with the individual to offer recommendations regarding medical care and isolation. The team also performs on-campus contact tracing and helps coordinate support services for students in isolation or quarantine.
In addition, Georgetown collaborates with and supports the DC contact tracing program, which is led by the DC Department of Health. DC contract tracers will contact individuals directly if such individuals were determined to have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, which is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
We are respecting the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Although it is understandable that individuals would want to know if they have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case, it is important to remember the public health department in the jurisdiction where each person who tests positive lives will determine who needs to be contacted based on its investigation of each case.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include a fever (temperature above 100.4), cough and difficulty breathing – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. In addition, the following symptoms may be indicators of COVID-19: chills, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 2-14 days. It is important to remember, though, that many people with COVID-19 do not have significant symptoms, so follow all public health instructions you receive, even if you are feeling well.
Anyone who is feeling ill with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 should call student health or their physician right away, schedule coronavirus testing and self-isolate for 14 days.
For medical advice, students should call Student Health Center (202-687-2200) or their personal doctor. Other students, staff or faculty should call their personal doctor. Any person exhibiting symptoms should call a medical professional prior to going to a health care facility.
With the ongoing community spread of COVID-19, the most important steps for all of us to take are to avoid settings with many other people, wear a mask, keep six feet apart, wash our hands regularly, and follow other guidance from federal, local, and university public health authorities.