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Vaccines

Will Georgetown require students to be vaccinated?

Yes. As President DeGioia shared in his April 14 message, following the guidance of our Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Ranit Mishori, and our Public Health Advisory group, and in consultation with student, staff, and faculty leaders, we will require undergraduate and graduate students at the Main Campus, Medical Center, and Law Center to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for the Fall 2021 semester.

We will provide updated information on issues such as timing, verification process, and exemptions, once it becomes available.

As with all of our existing vaccination requirements for students, medical and religious exemptions will be granted in accordance with federal and local law. 

We will also provide guidance to students who cannot get vaccinated in their home state or country about the process for getting a vaccination upon arrival on campus.

Will Georgetown host vaccination clinics for students, faculty and staff? 

At this time, Georgetown University does not have its own supply or allotment of vaccines, which is being administered through providers authorized by the DC Department of Health. In March and April, Georgetown coordinated high-capacity vaccination sites with the DC government for people who have scheduled appointments through DC’s vaccination website. We continue to be in conversation with the DC government and hope at some point to receive vaccine allotments to administer to the Georgetown community.

Which vaccines are authorized in the United States?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three vaccines for emergency use to prevent COVID-19. These vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. (Note: On April 13, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while the federal agencies investigate a small number of cases in which recipients experienced a rare form of blood clots. Additional updates about this pause are expected soon.)

I live outside the United States and have received an approved COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA. What should I do?

More information about the vaccination requirement for students living outside the United States will be provided in the coming weeks. We strongly encourage students to get vaccinated wherever they are.

I will be taking classes on campus this summer. Do I need to be vaccinated before my summer session begins?

We will not require students to be vaccinated until the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. However, we strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others. Please refer to your state and county vaccination websites for more information about pre-registering for and scheduling a vaccination appointment.

We will provide more information if we are able to vaccinate students on campus, but we strongly encourage students to get vaccinated before arriving on campus this summer.

Students living on campus this summer will be housed in single-occupancy rooms and required to maintain the same public health protocols that have been in place for the Spring 2021 semester.

Will Georgetown require faculty and staff to be vaccinated?

We are closely reviewing whether we will establish a vaccine requirement for our faculty and staff. We are consulting with our faculty and staff leadership bodies as we consider this decision. We will provide updated information as soon as possible.

We strongly encourage all faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

To pre-register for and schedule a vaccination appointment, please refer to your state and county vaccination websites. Here are the vaccination websites for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

I have received or am going to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Will I need to continue wearing a mask, participating in the Georgetown COVID-19 testing program, and completing the COVID-19 Daily Check-In?

Yes. At the moment, the University’s health and safety measures apply to everyone on our campuses and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods, including those who have been vaccinated. While the vaccines are effective in providing protection from COVID-19 (the disease), it is as yet unclear to what extent they prevent infection with the virus that causes the disease (SARS-CoV-2) or the transmission of the virus from one person to another.

For these reasons, it remains critically important for everyone, even those who have received the vaccine, to continue to practice ALL public health measures. These include wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, washing hands regularly, avoiding social gatherings, participating in the University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol, and following isolation and quarantine recommendations. 

At this time, the District of Columbia has not updated its standing orders requiring masks to exempt those who may have received the vaccine and, accordingly, we will continue to enforce this requirement.

I have been vaccinated and recently been exposed to somebody who tested positive. Do I still need to quarantine?

According to CDC guidelines regarding “fully vaccinated people,” vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine unless they show symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they receive their final vaccine dose.

Persons who do not meet all of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance.

I’ve been vaccinated. Does that mean I can come back to campus?

At this time, there is no change to how we are managing campus access for students, faculty or staff. For those who are approved to be on campus, if you are fully vaccinated and are within 90 days of receiving your final dose, you do not need to wait for a negative test result to access campus.

Evidence about the extent to which the vaccines will keep you from transmitting infection to others is evolving. For this reason and others, if you have been vaccinated, it is important for you to continue to abide by all of Georgetown’s public health guidance, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and continuing to be tested if you are currently part of Georgetown’s testing protocols.

How has Georgetown developed its approach to COVID-19 vaccines?

We have been coordinating closely with the DC Department of Health and our clinical partners at MedStar Health, including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, on vaccine planning. We have also established a COVID-19 vaccine working group that includes faculty members and representatives from across the University to consider the many issues related to the vaccine, including issues of equity and impact on our community.

You can find helpful information on Georgetown’s COVID-19 Vaccines page and the MedStar Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.

Who is eligible to be vaccinated?

Everyone over the age of 16 in the United States will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, 2021. Each state has its own vaccine supply and determines its distribution process. 

To pre-register for and schedule a vaccination appointment, please refer to your state and county vaccination websites. Here are the vaccination websites for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

I already had COVID-19. Am I eligible to receive the vaccine?

Yes. While those who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 probably have some immunity, it is unclear how long it may last. According to the CDC, “current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.”

Will the vaccine rollout change anything about the Spring 2021 semester or Summer 2021 sessions?

No protocols or procedures will change for the time being. Everyone in the Georgetown community must continue to practice all public health measures, including wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands, avoiding social gatherings, and following all testing and quarantine/isolation protocols.

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Community Compact

What is Georgetown’s health and safety plan for the Spring 2021 semester? 

Please visit our Health and Safety Information page to learn more about Georgetown’s health and safety guidelines, COVID-19 testing requirements and related information.

What is the Georgetown University Community Compact, and who needs to sign it?

The Georgetown University Community Compact (“Community Compact”) is our joint commitment to care for the wellbeing of our community. Faculty, staff, and students who will be on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties (“campus”), and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods (the “Neighborhoods”), have the responsibility to conduct themselves in ways that limit the spread of COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of all community members. The Community Compact contains the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures that these community members agree to follow.

Faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus, and students living in the Neighborhoods, are required to sign the Community Compact.

What happens if I do not follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures?

Georgetown University is relying on the actions of each of us as a community member to do our part in this time of national and local crisis. The Georgetown community has always been committed to the wellbeing of others. Each member of our community should reinforce the healthy behaviors of one another.

Individuals who fail to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures could endanger others and may be required to immediately leave campus. In addition, serious or persistent noncompliance may result in ongoing suspension of access to campus and University facilities, and corrective or disciplinary actions and sanctions under the procedures set forth in campus student codes of conduct or professionalism, the Faculty Responsibilities Code, and Human Resources policies, as applicable.

Is the Georgetown University Community Compact a liability waiver? 

The Georgetown University Community Compact is intended to make members of the Georgetown community returning to campus aware of the risks associated with COVID-19 and of the expectations of Georgetown regarding adherence to the University’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures. It is not a liability waiver.

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Testing Through One Medical

Who is required to be tested for COVID-19?

Students, faculty, and staff who will be on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties, and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods, are required to be tested for COVID-19.

Will Georgetown provide COVID-19 tests?

Georgetown has partnered with One Medical, a leading primary care provider network, to provide COVID-19 PCR testing at no charge to our University community members who are approved to access campus or who reside in the Neighborhoods. Students living in the neighborhoods of Glover Park and Observatory Circle are also eligible to access optional, free COVID-19 testing on Georgetown’s campus.

How does the COVID-19 testing work?

One Medical is conducting on-campus COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff approved to be on campus and those living in certain neighborhoods. Georgetown emails instructions to approved students, faculty, and staff regarding the testing requirements.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at sites operated by One Medical on Georgetown’s Main and Law campuses. Once you have been instructed to get tested and have registered as a One Medical member, you can book a testing appointment through the One Medical app. To do so, select “Book Visit”, enter in “test” as the reason for your visit, select “Georgetown COVID Testing” for your appointment type, and select an on-campus testing location.

After getting tested, you will receive your test results via a secure message, which you can view in your One Medical account via the One Medical app. By filling out the consent form, your results will also be shared with Georgetown. Please note the testing result turnaround time will vary.

Please note that any COVID-19 test administered at an off-campus One Medical facility or any other testing facility is not covered by Georgetown’s agreement with One Medical and payment for such testing is the responsibility of the tested individual. You also are responsible for reporting those testing results to Georgetown by emailing covid19-test-results@georgetown.edu.

If I get a COVID-19 test through my healthcare provider or at an off-campus testing facility, does that count?

Yes, you may choose to schedule a PCR test with a third-party healthcare provider, if the testing occurs within the time frame specified in the University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol. Payment for third-party testing is your responsibility.

It is also your responsibility to report your test results to Georgetown in a timely manner. You, or your provider, may send your test results directly to Georgetown’s chief public health officer at covid19-test-results@georgetown.edu.

Will students, faculty, and staff be charged for COVID-19 testing?

Georgetown will provide free COVID-19 tests, administered by One Medical, to students, faculty, and staff who are required to be tested in order to access campus or to live in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods. Students living in the neighborhoods of Glover Park and Observatory Circle are also eligible to access optional, free COVID-19 testing on Georgeotwn’s campus. Georgetown will not cover testing conducted at other facilities, such as your primary care provider. Family of live-in Georgetown faculty and staff members who reside with them on campus or who live in Georgetown-owned properties are eligible to register with One Medical to receive free testing, but the University cannot offer testing to family members of non-residential faculty and staff.

What is One Medical?

Georgetown has partnered with One Medical, a leading primary care provider network, to provide COVID-19 testing at no charge to our University community members.

Who needs to use the One Medical app?

Students, faculty and staff who will be on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties, and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall neighborhoods must follow Georgetown’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures, including testing scheduled via the One Medical app. Georgetown will email instructions about signing up for the mobile app to students, faculty, and staff who are required to use it.

Why am I being asked for a registration code or to pay a registration fee during One Medical registration?

The University is working with One Medical, a leading primary care provider network, to provide COVID-19 testing at no charge to eligible community members. 

Each Georgetown community member who is eligible for COVID-19 testing through One Medical is pre-approved for their One Medical membership. At the time of registration, One Medical matches your NetID email address to a list of pre-approved community members provided by Georgetown.

If you are prompted to apply a code or pay a registration fee, this is a sign that One Medical has not been able to match you to the list of pre-approved community members for one of the following reasons:

  • You are not using your NetID email address. FirstName.LastName@georgetown.edu and personal email addresses are NOT provided to One Medical.
  • You are not using the sponsored membership link. You must use a sponsored membership link so One Medical knows to look for your NetID email address and route you to the Georgetown registration process.
  • Your email address will be added to One Medical’s pre-approved list in the next one to two days. Georgetown provides a new list of approved community members to One Medical every evening. When you receive approval from Georgetown, either from your manager or as an eligible student who indicates they will come to campus in the Spring 2021 Affirmation, you will be added to the list of approved community members provided to One Medical that day. If your approval takes place after that day’s data transfer, you will be added to the next day’s list and appear the following day. 
  • You are not eligible to register for One Medical membership. Only approved faculty and staff, on-campus residents, students living in the Neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burlieth and Foxhall and some undergraduate, graduate and professional students are eligible for free One Medical memberships. If you are still unable to register for One Medical for free after trying these trouble-shooting steps above, then check again with your manager or program director/advising dean to confirm your on-campus and/or One Medical membership eligibility, even if you have received an email from the University concerning your One Medical eligibility.

If you confirm you are eligible for a free One Medical membership but you continue to run into registration issues, please contact One Medical at 1-888-ONEMED1 (1-888-663-6331) or hello@onemedical.com.

How do I register for a One Medical account? 

Using the browser on your computer or mobile phone, you can follow the direct link provided by Georgetown to the registration page for One Medical. You will then enter your NetID Georgetown email address and follow the prompts to complete the registration process. Please note that, if you use a browser to register, One Medical will use cookies and other tracking technologies, as described in the One Medical Privacy Policy.

More detailed instructions are available for browser-based registration.

How do I get the One Medical app?

You can download the free One Medical app by going to either the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Will One Medical share my COVID-19 test results with Georgetown? 

When you register as a One Medical member, you will need to submit a consent form authorizing One Medical to release COVID-19 test results to Georgetown. Please indicate that “Georgetown University” is the party to receive the information covered under the authorization.

What does One Medical do with my COVID-19 test results?

Once you submit the consent form, your COVID-19 test results and testing administration information (e.g., dates of testing) will only be shared between One Medical and Georgetown, as authorized by you. Your individual information may also be shared by One Medical or Georgetown with testing laboratories, as necessary to perform COVID-19 testing, and with health authorities, as required by law.

Georgetown will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality, and public health laws relating to collection and maintenance of testing and other health-related records. The University recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and will protect faculty, student, and staff privacy by limiting what sensitive information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used, and how long it is retained to the extent possible while protecting public health.

Can I use One Medical on my computer/laptop instead of my mobile phone?

You can book testing appointments and view provider messages on your computer or laptop as well as through the mobile app. Please note that, if you use a browser, One Medical will use cookies and other tracking technologies, as described in the One Medical Privacy Policy.

How will Georgetown know if I complete the daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey?

Once you submit the required consent form, Georgetown will have access to the risk status resulting from your daily COVID-19 symptom check-in submission.

Who can I contact with questions/assistance about One Medical?

If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process or the One Medical app, please contact One Medical at 1-888-ONEMED1 (1-888-663-6331) or hello@onemedical.com.

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Testing Requirements

How often do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

Please visit our COVID-19 Testing Protocol page to learn more about Georgetown’s COVID-19 testing requirements.

How can I get tested on campus?

Tests are available on the Main Campus with additional limited testing on the Law Center campus.

  • Main Campus: Healey Family Student Center
    • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Main Campus: Leavey Conference Center
    • Monday, Thursday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Law Center: The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center
    • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

You should self-schedule your appointments at a Georgetown testing site through the One Medical app or website. New slots are added daily, so please continue to check the app for appointment availability. You will get your test results via a secure message in your One Medical account. 

If I regularly come to campus two days in row, do I need to be tested once or twice each week?

Anyone approved to be on campus for two consecutive days (e.g., Monday and Tuesday) only needs one test each week. Those who are on campus for two or more non-consecutive days (e.g., Monday, Wednesday and Friday) need two tests each week.

If I need to get two tests each week, how long should I wait in between them? 

Ideally, tests should be taken two to four days apart. (For example, if you are on campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you should take your tests on Monday and Friday. If you are on campus only Monday and Wednesday, you should get tested on both Monday and Wednesday). 

If I regularly come to campus once every other week, how often should I get tested?

Those who come to campus regularly every other week should get tested only during weeks when they are on campus. In other words, you should not come to campus solely for the purpose of getting tested when you have no other reason to be on campus that week.

If I am an on-campus student, can I schedule my twice-weekly tests through the rest of the semester?

Yes, you can self-schedule your twice-weekly tests in advance through the One Medical app or website. You will need to schedule each test individually.

I receive at-home test kits weekly. How do I update my subscription or request kits no longer be shipped if I’m instead testing on campus?

Contact covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu to update your delivery address or request that kits no longer be shipped to your address.

If I am not approved to be on campus but need to come pick something up from my office, should I get tested?

Visitors to campus are NOT required to be tested and should follow the Georgetown University Visitor Agreement. This includes faculty and staff who are working remotely and need to request access to their office and other visitors who are invited to campus.

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Masks

Am I required to wear a mask while on campus? 

All employees, students and visitors (including children over the age of two) are required to wear a mask meeting University mask guidelines when on campus at all times, except when eating, alone in a private room with a closed door, or in a private vehicle. This requirement also applies to all riders of University GUTS buses.

We strongly recommend individuals wear a surgical-style mask, or other medical-style mask, or consider double-masking (cloth mask on top of a surgical-style mask). We recommend against wearing a cloth mask alone.

Georgetown’s COVID-19 Mask Guidelines are implemented in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, including those updates published on February 10, 2021, and may be updated from time to time as the CDC guidance is updated. These guidelines also comply with the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2020-080: Wearing of Masks in the District of Columbia To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 which mandate, in relevant part, masks for individuals entering indoor spaces in District businesses and establishments or in outdoor situations where social distance cannot be maintained. Any employee, student or visitor who fails to abide by these guidelines will be asked or directed to wear a mask that meets University mask guidelines, or leave the campus space. Employees and students who are directed to leave a campus space for failure to comply with this requirement may be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the Community Compact and relevant policies.

If I cannot wear a mask for reasons related to my inclusion in a protected category or a disability, can I request an accommodation?

Employees or students who live or work on campus and cannot wear a mask for reasons related to their inclusion in a protected category may request an accommodation through the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action (IDEAA). Students who wish to request a disability-related accommodation may do so by contacting the Academic Resource Center (for Main Campus and Medical Center students) or the Office of Disability Services (for Law Center students).

Am I required to wear a mask while exercising?

Employees, students and visitors who engage in outdoor exercise in campus spaces are now required to wear a mask while doing so, except in circumstances expressly approved by the University.

I’ve had COVID-19. Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, you should continue to wear a mask. According to the CDC, we still do not know whether having had an infection can protect you from reinfection, or provide immunity. Wearing a mask will help protect you and others from transmitting or acquiring an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Further, at this time, the District of Columbia has not updated its standing orders requiring face masks to exempt those who may have had COVID-19 and, accordingly, we will continue to enforce this requirement.

What are the different types of masks?

In general, a surgical-style mask is a disposable face mask with an adjustable metal strip to provide a snug fit over your nose. If you are buying your own surgical-style masks, look for them to be designated as ASTM Level 2 or 3. 

Surgical-style masks should be replaced daily. Please dispose of your mask in a trash can when you are finished using it, and wash your hands.

In general, a cloth mask is made of cotton or other materials, may be made of one or more layers, and is washable and reusable. Although wearing a cloth mask is better than going maskless, current research suggests that wearing a cloth mask is not as effective as wearing a surgical-style mask in reducing transmission and exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

We strongly recommend individuals wear a surgical-style mask, or other medical-style mask, or consider double-masking (cloth mask on top of a surgical-style mask). We recommend against wearing a cloth mask alone.

N95 respirators approved by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) should not be used outside of healthcare settings because they should be reserved for healthcare personnel.

KN95 masks are a type of filtering facepiece respirator that are commonly made in China and similar to N95 masks commonly used in the United States. You may choose to wear a KN95 mask, but you should not wear a cloth mask over it.

Will the University provide face masks?

Free surgical-style masks are now available at entrances to University buildings staffed by public health screeners, residence hall entryways, on-campus testing sites, and at the rear entrance of GUTS buses. We encourage students and employees to take a surgical-style mask and put it on before entering any University building. Employees may also receive masks from their departments.

Can I wear two cloth masks?

Although wearing a cloth mask is better than going maskless, current research suggests that wearing a cloth mask is not as effective as wearing a surgical-style mask in reducing transmission and exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Students and employees are not required to wear a particular type of mask, or to wear two masks. However, if you want to wear two masks, we recommend that you wear a cloth mask over a surgical-style mask.

How should I safely dispose of a surgical-style mask? 

You should dispose of your mask in a trash can when you are finished using it, and wash your hands.

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Symptom Monitoring

What is the daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey? Why am I required to report daily on my health?

Georgetown is committed to protecting the health and safety of the University community. Students, faculty and staff approved to be on campus need to complete the GU360 COVID-19 Daily Check-in survey. Information from this survey will be used to assist the University with providing health and other services for anyone who may or does have COVID-19, as well as helping to prevent exposure to those community members who do not have the virus. 

Information from the COVID-19 Daily Check-in survey will result in a daily building access badge from GU360, which you will be required to present at building entry checkpoints throughout campus. Follow the instructions for performing the COVID-19 Daily Check-in to make sure you have a green GU360 Building Access Badge. You need to complete the COVID-19 Daily Check-in in order to maintain your green GU360 Building Access Badge. 

How will Georgetown know if I complete the daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey?

Georgetown will have access to the health assessment resulting from your COVID-19 Daily Check-in submission.

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Data and Privacy

What does One Medical do with my personal data?

One Medical maintains your personally identifiable information in accordance with its Privacy Policy. It maintains your Protected Health Information (as defined by HIPAA) in accordance with its HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices. Your Protected Health Information will only be shared by One Medical: with Georgetown with your express authorization; as needed to provide health care services to you (e.g. with testing laboratories) with your express authorization; or as otherwise permitted by law (e.g. reporting of positive test results to public health officials).

What information about me does One Medical share with Georgetown?

When signing up for the app, individuals must sign the consent form, which authorizes One Medical to release COVID-19 test results to Georgetown. (Please indicate that “Georgetown University” is the party to receive the information covered under the consent.) Consistent with your authorization, information shared by One Medical with Georgetown will include: 

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • testing administration information and date of testing, and 
  • testing results.

What COVID-19 testing information is Georgetown required to report?

Under federal, state, and local law, Georgetown University is required to report your test results along with certain demographic information about you (age, race, ethnicity, sex) as Georgetown performs COVID-19 testing through its own laboratory. This information is reported by Georgetown to the appropriate local health authorities, such as DC Health, the Virginia Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Health, which are then responsible for reporting this information, in a way that doesn’t identify you individually, to the federal government. As federal and local health authorities maintain and use this information about you, they are required to maintain your privacy, except as permitted by law. Individual-level data is necessary for outbreak detection, rapid implementation of emergency measures, and identification of trends that require a strategic public health response.

What information would be reported to law enforcement officials or public health authorities by One Medical to “Protect public health and safety” or “Prevent or control disease, injury, or disability”? What would be reported in the event that an individual tested positive for COVID-19? 

Where One Medical has a legal obligation to report positive disease status to agencies or public officials, it would do so by reporting, as required to comply with the law. If individuals test positive for COVID-19, One Medical reports to public health agencies and officials, as required.

Does One Medical share my health information as it participates in health information exchanges?

One Medical would share your health information with HIEs only if you affirmatively opt in to such sharing.

For what purposes does One Medical share de-identified information? What steps are taken by One Medical to prevent re-identification of de-identified information?

One Medical may share de-identified information with partners or service providers for service provision, data analysis and reporting in connection with its business operations, for quality and value assessments, for service improvement, etc. It may share aggregated information, a type of de-identified information, externally for reporting purposes.

One Medical has safeguards around minimum population size for sharing de-identified and aggregated health information to protect against possible re-identification.

One Medical’s de-identification protocols and processes are compliant with the HIPAA requirements for de-identification (e.g., the Safe Harbor Rule or the Expert Determination Rule).

Does One Medical sell my information?

No. One Medical does not sell its patients’ information.

How can I opt out of arbitration as the means for resolving any dispute with One Medical? 

You may opt out of the arbitration clause in One Medical’s “Membership Terms of Service” (Section 12. Dispute Resolution) by sending an email, within 30 days of accepting the terms of service, indicating that you wish to opt-out of arbitration to terms@onemedical.com. The email must include your name and date of birth. Your opt-out request will be automatically logged by One Medical.

How can I control what functions (e.g., camera, audio, location, etc.) are enabled through the One Medical app?

The One Medical app allows you to control whether some functions that affect your privacy are enabled or disabled. It is your choice whether to enable the camera, microphone and location access. They are not required, but you may choose to use them for other app functionalities or One Medical services, such as Video Chat. 

One Medical Access to Microphone and Camera

iOS

(Note: Your device’s camera and microphone are disabled by default.)

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Locate the One Medical app.
  3. Check the sliders for Microphone and Camera to ensure that they are disabled.
Android

(Note: Your device’s camera and microphone are disabled by default.)

  1. Tap Settings on your phone and then select Apps.
  2. Tap All to display a full list of your apps.
  3. Scroll down to find the One Medical app and then tap on its listing.
  4. Tap Permissions.
  5. Make sure the sliders next to Camera and Microphone are moved so that they are disabled.

Setting One Medical App Access to Your Location

Setting Location Access from the One Medical App (iOS)
  1. In the One Medical app, tap the Locations icon at the bottom right hand side of your screen. The first time you do this, you will see the following message:A screenshot of a pop-up message on a phone that reads "Allow One Medical to access your location? Your location is used to show you nearby offices and pharmacies. Allow while using the app. Allow once. Don't Allow."
  2. Tap the desired option.
Setting Location Access from Your Phone (iOS)
  1. Tap Settings.
  2. In the ‘Settings’ screen, tap Privacy.
  3. Tap on Location Services.
  4. Tap on One Medical.
  5. Tap on the desired option (Never, Ask Next Time, or While Using the App).
Setting Location Access from the One Medical App (Android)
  1. In the One Medical app, tap on Locations. The first time you do this, you will see the following message:A screenshot of a pop-up message on a phone that says "Allow One Medical to access this devices's location? Deny. Allow."
  2. Tap Allow or Deny.
  3. If you selected Deny, you will see the following message the next time you access Locations:A pop-up text box that says "Location permission is needed to show you nearby offices. Cancel. Ok."
  4. Tap OK.
  5. In the pop-up, tap Allow or Deny. (Note: If you tap Allow, you can always go back and disable location access in Settings.)
Set Location Access from Your Phone (Android)
  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Scroll to locate the One Medical app, and then tap on its listing.
  4. In the next screen, tap on Permissions.
  5. For Location, tap the slider so that its disabled.

 

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Quarantine and Isolation

Who will be required to self-quarantine or isolate?

Self-quarantine is required for students, faculty and staff on campus, and students living in the Neighborhoods, as directed by Georgetown or by the DC Department of Health or relevant state or local public health authorities, based on close contact with a COVID-19 infected person or person under investigation for possible COVID-19 infection, a physician or care provider’s recommendation, or other health and safety reasons.

Isolation is required for all individuals who have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result or are otherwise symptomatic, under investigation for COVID-19, or diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health professional even if your test result is negative.

Visit the Quarantine and Isolation page for Georgetown’s policies and procedures for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation.

I’ve been vaccinated. If I leave the DMV area and return, do I need to follow the DC requirements to quarantine after travel?

The DC Department of Health updated its guidance to reflect that fully vaccinated people (i.e. at least 14 days past their final dose) do not need to do travel-related testing or self-quarantine after travel, as long as their travel occurs within 90 days of their final dose. Note that this does not affect the requirement to participate in routine testing protocol, which still applies to those who have been vaccinated.

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Contact Tracing

How will the University handle contact tracing? 

Georgetown will collaborate with and support the District of Columbia contact tracing program to help identify, track, and manage contacts of COVID-19 patients within the University community. Community members are expected to collaborate with tracers to further public health.

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Safety Measures

Should University community members get a seasonal influenza vaccination?

Georgetown encourages University community members to get the seasonal influenza vaccine. 

What happens if there is significant community transmission of COVID-19?

Georgetown’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures and plans for in-person activities on campus are subject to change based on campus, local, and national public health conditions and new guidance from local and federal authorities. Any updates will be communicated to the University community and will be posted on Georgetown’s COVID-19 Resource Center website.

Georgetown will monitor for cases of COVID-19 among the University community. Increased numbers of cases in the University community could trigger changes in University operations to help address the rise in cases, including increased education and mitigation activities.

How is Georgetown notifying community members of positive COVID-19 cases on or near campus?

Each Monday, the University updates the COVID-19 Dashboard and notifies the community of the prior week’s testing results of positive cases on and near campus through a public health alert. To receive the public health alert, subscribe to Daily COVID-19 Updates.

What is the university doing to improve air systems across campus?

Planning & Facilities Management is working to minimize the spread of viruses through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, among other measures. Our ongoing HVAC assessment and enhancement program will ensure that all classrooms and study spaces meet CDC COVID-19 guidance and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards for mitigation of virus transmission.

Working with a team of professional engineers and contractors, University personnel are evaluating, upgrading and monitoring the performance of the ventilation systems that provide temperature control and ventilation air that flushes contaminants from the classrooms, study rooms and common spaces within the University buildings. The work of this team ensured the University is: 

  1. Identifying existing equipment condition and working to upgrade equipment operation and air filtration to meet the most current standards for space conditioning and contaminant control with each building;
  2. Improving air filtration in all occupied buildings;
  3. Working with the operation teams to improve and sustain the HVAC systems in every building across our Main, Med, and Law campuses;
  4. Developing a monitoring and maintenance strategy to confirm continuing operation of building systems in compliance with current good engineering practices; and,
  5. Establishing, based on current operating conditions in each building and each approved space, a maximum safe occupancy for that space that complies with the University program for re-occupying buildings.

Upgrades to the building ventilation systems include MERV-13 air filtration for occupied spaces, installation of ultraviolet decontamination systems and building air flushing strategies to reduce airborne transmission. 

How were spaces approved for occupancy? 

In consultation with professional engineers, Georgetown reviewed each individual classroom and study room to identify those that meet the guidelines for occupancy. The criteria include sufficient filtration, total ventilation and maximum occupancy guidance to comply with both CDC guidelines for social distancing and per person ventilation rates that mitigate the possibility of airborne transmission. Note that in every case, the recommendations are predicated on occupants maintaining social distancing and wearing masks at all times in the building. The University also considered density, energy use and availability of public health screeners.

Should I be concerned about a higher risk of infection if I cannot open the windows or do not have windows in my classroom?

No, you should not. Using the HVAC systems to provide proper ventilation and filtration is a much more reliable method for minimizing the spread of airborne diseases, while ensuring a comfortable environment for occupants.

Reliance on open windows to provide adequate ventilation within a space is not practical given the Washington, DC climate. Opening windows during non-ideal weather conditions can lead to a loss of temperature and/or humidity control within the space, which can have a negative effect on overall indoor air quality and occupant comfort. Using the HVAC systems to provide proper ventilation and filtration is a much more reliable method for minimizing the spread of airborne diseases, while ensuring a comfortable environment for occupants.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through the HVAC systems?

Per CDC COVID-19 guidance, the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 through HVAC systems is thought to be relatively low, however, the exact risk is not well-known at this time. The CDC recommends the use of a layered strategy to reduce exposure, which includes increased filtration, adequate ventilation, social distancing, the use of face coverings and proper hand hygiene.

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