As more testing has taken place across the nation, we have learned about new members of our community who have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals have been contacting Dr. Vince WinklerPrins, chief public health officer, who then has connected with the appropriate health department responsible for contact tracing. We encourage others who test positive to continue to do so via the COVID-19 Screening Form or the Medical Campus COVID-19 Screening Form, so we can appropriately notify our community of possible risks of exposure. While there are no active cases on Georgetown’s campuses, we are notifying our community of positive cases reported to the university.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 76 total positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed to Georgetown University (this includes students, faculty and staff).Back to Top
We are respecting the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. While it is understandable to question if you have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case, please 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.
- With the ongoing community spread of COVID-19, the most important thing for all of us to do is practice good health hygiene and social distancing and follow the guidance from U.S. and local health authorities.
If You Are Feeling Sick
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include a fever cough and difficulty breathing – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. In addition, two or more of the following symptoms may be indicators of COVID-19: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, 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.
- Anyone who is feeling ill with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 is suggested to self-isolate for 14 days.
- For medical advice, students should call their personal doctor or the Student Health Center (202-687-2200). Other students, staff or faculty should call their personal doctor. Staff or faculty members who do not have a primary care doctor should use MedStar’s evisit platform (free at this time). Any person exhibiting symptoms should call a medical professional prior to going to a healthcare facility.
- Any members of our community who have been tested positive for COVID-19 should contact Dr. Vince WinklerPrins, Chief Health Officer, via the COVID-19 Screening Form or the Medical Campus COVID-19 Screening Form so that we can appropriately notify our community of possible risks of exposure.
- Faculty and staff who are notified of another ill community member should encourage that person to follow the CDC guidelines, self-isolate and contact a medical professional.
Georgetown University Premier Student Health Insurance Plan members can access Virtual Medical Visits, Virtual Counseling and a 24/7 Emotional Support Helpline free of charge. Visit the Student Health Insurance website for more information.Back to Top
Guidance for Reducing Community Spread
Georgetown University Guidance for everyone regarding reducing community spread of COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- We now know that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is ongoing. As such, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. In addition, all employees, students and visitors (including children over the age of two) are required to wear a face covering when on campus at all times, except when alone in a private room with a closed door or in a private vehicle. Here is a video on how to make face coverings at home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Social distancing can stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19. This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of this illness.
Additional Recommendations for those in Quarantine:
- Be attentive to monitor for symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell) for 14 days following exposure.
- Immediately self-isolate and seek medical guidance from your physician or the student health center if symptoms develop.
- This quarantine does not mean that you cannot leave your apartment; you can. But it does mean that you should stay home, should get groceries only once a week, and should only go to doctor appointments, if needed.
- You can go for a run, be outside, ride a bike – but you maintain a safe space of 6 feet from others.
- You should not socialize during this time.
Additional Recommendations for those in Isolation:
Isolation is for people who have developed symptoms that could be COVID-19 or who have had a positive test result. Because you are ill it is necessary to adhere to even more restrictive recommendations. Please consider consulting a doctor for medical advice or complete the ‘Self-Checker’ from the CDC website.
- Stay home (except you need to seek medical care).
- Separate yourself from other people/pets in your home as much as possible.
- Cover your face (with a mask – can be homemade) if you need to be around other people in the home.
- Clean your hands and surfaces often. Avoid sharing household items.
- Monitor your symptoms.
- You may discontinue “isolation” when you have met the CDC Criteria to Discontinue Home Isolation.