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Testing Requirements

Return-to-Campus Testing

All students will need to take a COVID-19 test between 48 hours before and 24 hours after arriving on campus. Failure to get a return-to-campus test may result in disciplinary action.

  • Residential students: A PCR test is required.
  • Non-residential students: A PCR test is preferred, but an antigen test will be accepted.
  • We recommend getting tested after traveling or arriving in the DC region, but it’s required when you come to campus for the first time.
  • Students who test positive within a few days prior to coming to campus should delay their arrival until they have completed a full isolation period following DC and University guidance, regardless of the isolation rules where they live. Students should report their positive result, and a Care Navigator from Georgetown’s Public Health team will provide tailored guidance.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days should not take a return-to-campus test (and should report their previous positive result if the University does not already have a record of it). However, if new symptoms develop, please inform the Public Health team and follow their guidance.
  • Students who have been on campus continuously during the summer should get tested in August (PCR required for residential students; PCR or antigen accepted for non-residential students). 
  • Please submit a photo of test results from external PCR tests (i.e., when not taken through One Medical on campus) and antigen tests via the COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form in the GU360 mobile app or on the GU360 website.

Faculty and staff are not required to take a return-to-campus test, but testing is strongly recommended, especially after travel.

Ongoing Testing

You must get tested once per week if:

  • You are exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons, or
  • You received the primary vaccination series and are booster-eligible but have received an exemption or deadline extension from the booster shot requirement.

After return-to-campus testing, other students, faculty and staff are not required to test regularly unless they develop symptoms or are exposed or potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Symptomatic Testing

Students, faculty and staff experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey and get tested as soon as possible.

“Close Contact” or Exposure Testing

Asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to, informed that they are a close contact of, or believe they have been in close contact with or potentially exposed to, somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey to indicate their exposure and get tested.

On-Demand Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available on demand on Georgetown’s campuses. Georgetown has partnered with One Medical to provide COVID-19 PCR testing on campus at no charge to University community members.

After-Hours Testing

If you need to get tested due to exposure or symptoms during the weekend or when the One Medical testing sites on our campuses are closed, please complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey in the GU360 app, and a Care Navigator will get in touch with you to facilitate antigen testing.

Antigen Testing to End Isolation

If you require an antigen test kid to take on Day 5 of isolation, please contact a Care Navigator at carenavigators@georgetown.edu for instructions about where and when to pick up a test kit.

You may order free antigen testing kits via www.covidtests.gov. It is good to have some at home in case you become symptomatic or need to get tested to get out of isolation.

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How to Get Tested on Campus

  1. Become a One Medical member using this link and your NetID email address so you can schedule testing and receive test results. If you have already registered, you do not need to re-register. You do not need to download the One Medical app to register.
    • Instructions for Registering for a One Medical Account 
    • If you have a personal account with One Medical, you will need to convert your account to a Georgetown University account. Please email hello@onemedical.com with your name, date of birth and your Georgetown email address so a team member can convert your account.
    • If you have difficulty registering with One Medical, please refer to these answers to frequently asked questions
  2. Consent to share COVID-19 test results with Georgetown by completing the consent form. Please enter 202-687-0100 for the third party telephone number on the consent form.
    • You must authorize One Medical to receive COVID-19 test results and health data self-reported through the mobile application and to release COVID-19 test results to Georgetown’s public health team.
    • Georgetown will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality and public health laws related to collection and maintenance of testing and other health-related records.
  3. Schedule an appointment 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 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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Where to Get Tested on Campus

Normal Testing Hours

Main Campus: Leavey Conference Center

  • Monday: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 – 2 p.m.

Law Center: The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center

  • Monday-Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Special Testing Hours/Holiday Closures

Main Campus: Leavey Conference Center

  • Friday, October 7: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tests at the Student Health Center

Along with routine primary care, the Student Health Center is providing COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students and providing care to students with COVID-19 concerns and symptoms.

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Off-Campus Testing

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at www.covid.gov/tests.

Free COVID-19 testing is available for residents of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia also have testing sites available for residents. 

Any faculty and staff member can get tested at 85+ One Medical office locations nationwide; the cost will be billed to your insurance, though most insurance companies are covering the full cost of COVID-19 testing. Members can book a testing appointment online or in the One Medical app, entering a reason for the visit (ex: “COVID test”), selecting “COVID PCR Test” as your appointment type, and selecting a location and time.

Community members required to participate in Georgetown’s testing protocol may choose to schedule a test with a third-party healthcare provider. Payment for third-party testing is your responsibility. You must report your test results to Georgetown in a timely manner, consistent with the above testing requirements, by submitting the COVID Test Result Submission Form.

Refer to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services list of Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 by state.

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Quarantine and Isolation

Please refer to the Quarantine and Isolation page for guidance and resources for community members who are required to self-quarantine or isolate.

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Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about testing, One Medical, contact tracing and other health and safety measures and policies.

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