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Community Compact

What is Georgetown’s health and safety plan for the Fall 2020 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”) for the Fall semester, 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 for the Fall semester, 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 and Symptom Monitoring 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 for the Fall semester, 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 testing, including at-home and on-campus, and a One Medical mobile application for daily self-attestations of symptoms, at no charge to our University community members.

How will COVID-19 testing work?

One Medical is conducting on-campus COVID-19 testing and, in some cases, mailing at-home test kits to students, faculty, and staff who will return to campus. Georgetown will email instructions about registering for One Medical and getting tested to students, faculty, and staff who are required to be tested, depending on when you are returning to campus or the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available, during specific windows, 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 (e.g., Maguire Hall- Georgetown Univ).

After getting tested, you will get 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 that the current testing result turnaround time ranges from five to seven days.

If you are instructed to use an at-home test kit, please follow the instructions provided. One Medical will mail a test kit to the address you provided when you registered for One Medical and send you all the details you need to complete your test.

Please note that any COVID-19 test administered at an off-campus One Medical facility or any other testing facilities 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.

If I have a COVID-19 viral test through my insurance (or healthcare) provider, does that count?

Yes, you may also choose to schedule a test with a third-party healthcare provider, if the testing is consistent with the testing schedule and occurs within the time-frame specified in the Health and Safety Measures under “Viral Testing.” Payment for third-party testing is your responsibility.

It is your responsibility to report your test results to Georgetown in a timely manner. You may submit your test results into the One Medical app, so that One Medical and the University will have a record. To do so, visit “Messages” in the One Medical app, click to draft a new message, and select “Admin Team” as the recipient. Send them a message with an image of your test results.  Alternatively, you, or your provider, may send your test results directly to Georgetown’s chief public health officer at covid19-test-results@georgetown.edu. If you report third-party testing using this method, you should also attest in the One Medical app that you have completed testing.

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 return to campus or live in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods for the Fall semester. 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, including at-home and on-campus, and a One Medical mobile application for daily self-attestations of symptoms, at no charge to our University community members. The University will email instructions about registering for One Medical, including signing up for the mobile app and getting tested, to students, faculty, and staff who are required to be tested and use the mobile app.

Who needs to use the One Medical app?

Students, faculty, and staff who will be on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties for the Fall semester, and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods must follow Georgetown’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures, including testing and completing the daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey in 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.

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 who will be on campus for the Fall semester, and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods, will need to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey through the One Medical app. Information from this survey will be used to assist the University with providing health and other services for anyone who may or does have coronavirus, as well as helping to prevent exposure to those community members who do not have the virus.

Information from the daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey will result in a daily risk status badge, which you will be required to present at building entry checkpoints throughout campus. A low-risk-status badge will be required to gain entry to campus buildings.

What do I need to do to start? 

As a first step, you’ll need to register for a One Medical account, following the instructions provided in a separate communication from Georgetown and using the code supplied with the instructions. The general process for registration is described, below, in “How do I register for a One Medical account?”

How do I register for a One Medical account? 

You have two options for registering with One Medical, as part of Georgetown’s public health measures:

1) 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, apply the code provided by Georgetown, 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.

2) You may also register using the One Medical App. After downloading the app, you open the app and click “Not a member? Join today.” Next, you click “Eligible for an employee benefit? Apply code” at the bottom. You will then enter your NetID Georgetown email address, apply the code provided by Georgetown, and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

More detailed instructions are available for browser-based registration and for app-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).

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

For a description of functions that can enhance your privacy, please see the section titled “Privacy-enhancing controls (One Medical App),” below.

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 and the daily risk assessment resulting from your daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey responses reported through the One Medical mobile application 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 and daily COVID-19 symptom check-in responses?

Once you submit the consent form, the risk level associated with your Daily Check-in survey response, whether you are considered symptomatic, your COVID-19 test results, and testing administration information (e.g., dates of check-in or testing) will only be shared between One Medical and Georgetown, as authorized by you. Your information may also be shared by One Medical with testing laboratories, as necessary to perform COVID-19 testing.

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 complete the Daily Check-In, book testing appointments, and view provider messages on your computer or laptop as well as through the mobile app. However, it will be more convenient to use the mobile app to complete your Daily Check-in and to have your Daily Status Badge readily available to show at campus checkpoints. (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 level 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: McDonough Gym
    Monday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Thursday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Law Center: Eric E. Hotung International Law Building
    Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.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). Please note there is no testing offered on Saturdays or Sundays.

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’m an on-campus student, can I schedule my twice-weekly tests for 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 hello@onemedical.com 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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Data and Privacy

How will the University protect personal privacy?

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.

One Medical Privacy Information and Settings

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 and daily risk assessment information reported through the mobile application to Georgetown. (Please indicate that “Georgetown University” is the party to receive the information covered under the consent.) Consistent with your authorization, iInformation shared by One Medical with Georgetown will include: 

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your risk level (“badge”) status (e.g. Green – Low with recent test; Blue – low without recent test; or Red – high) 
  • whether your symptoms indicate that you are “symptomatic” 
  • date of daily risk assessment  
  • testing administration information and date of testing, and 
  • testing results.

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 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.

Privacy-Enhancing Controls (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 for the daily Check-in, but you may choose to use them for other app functionalities or One Medical services supporting Check-in, 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 will be 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 will be 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.

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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

What is the face covering policy on campus? 

Individuals on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times except when they are alone in their room or office, when they are eating with appropriate physical distancing, when they are in their personal residence without guests, or when they are engaging in outdoor exercise, provided that they are exercising in a space in which they can and do maintain 6’ of distance from other people.

Will face coverings or personal protective equipment be supplied for students and employees? 

Georgetown will provide two washable and reusable face coverings to students, faculty, and staff on campus, and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods, along with additional personal protective equipment (“PPE”), if appropriate for an individual’s work or learning environment.

Should University community members get a seasonal influenza vaccination?

Georgetown encourages University community members to get the seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available in the fall. The University provides the seasonal influenza vaccine free of charge annually to students, faculty, and staff.

Will Georgetown students, staff, and faculty have access to a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available?

Georgetown University’s medical and public health experts continue to track vaccine development and will thoroughly review study results when they are released. If and when the FDA approves or authorizes a safe and effective vaccine, we will follow CDC and DC Department of Health guidance on its distribution to priority groups, and its safe use in our community.

Will my child be required to get the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available? I am worried about its safety.

Georgetown University will continue to work closely with the DC Department of Health to determine vaccine requirements for our students, based on CDC and ACIP Guidelines. We will continue to monitor safety and effectiveness studies of any future vaccines and will re-assess the requirement if and when the FDA approves a vaccine for wide distribution.

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 Positive COVID-19 Cases on or Near Campus page 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.

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