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Health and Safety Guidelines

The risks of COVID-19 are evident to all. Our mission of cura personalis calls each of us at this time to bear individual responsibility to help protect the health and safety of the entire community. This page includes information about important resources and practices to keep all Hoyas safe and healthy, as outlined in the Community Compact that all community members on campus and students living in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods (“Neighborhoods”) affirmed.

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If You Are Feeling Sick

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.

If you are a member of the Georgetown community exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, contact Georgetown’s chief public health officer via the COVID-19 Screening Form or the Medical Campus COVID-19 Screening Form.

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Vaccines

In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the United States, and a number of other vaccines are currently in Phase-3 clinical trials. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DC Health guidelines, vaccinations have begun for those on the frontlines of the pandemic, including many members of the Georgetown medical community.

While the new vaccines help prevent individuals from getting sick with COVID-19, research is still underway to understand if a vaccinated individual can transmit the virus to others. For these reasons, everyone, even those who have been vaccinated, must continue to be vigilant in following all public health and safety measures.

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COVID-19 Testing Requirements

If you are a student or a faculty or staff member on any university-owned, managed, or controlled properties, or a student living in the Neighborhoods, you are required to be tested for COVID-19. Georgetown has partnered with One Medical to provide COVID-19 testing at no charge to University community members.

Regular testing is required, based on the frequency with which you are on campus. In general, if you are on campus two or more times per week, you should be tested twice each week. If you are on campus once per week or are a student living in the Neighborhoods, you should be tested once each week.

Visit the links below for our full testing protocol or for help accessing One Medical.

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Quarantine and Isolation

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 link below for Georgetown’s policies and procedures for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation.

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Symptom Monitoring

Students, faculty, and staff on campus and students living in the Neighborhoods will complete a daily COVID-19 symptom check-in survey in the GU360 app. Georgetown will use information from this survey to provide health services to anyone who may or does have COVID-19, as well as to help prevent exposure to 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 university buildings.

Visit the links below for help using the GU360 and One Medical apps.

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Reducing Community Spread

Every one of us makes choices that contribute to a safe and healthy environment – no matter where we are. When we each play our part, our collective power can help slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s why we’ve launched the Every Hoya, Everywhere campaign to remind Hoyas that together, we can make a difference.

Every Hoya can stop the spread by:

  • Maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet
  • Wearing a mask
  • Knowing the signs of COVID-19 and checking for them regularly.
  • Washing your hands (for the full 20 seconds!) or using hand sanitizer regularly
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Confirmed Cases

As the number of cases continues to rise nationally, and more people are getting tested, we have learned about new members of our community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Each Monday evening, the University 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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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.

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Travel

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating in our area and around the country, we encourage everyone not to travel and to limit gatherings with people from outside your household. Georgetown community members who will be on campus during the Spring 2021 semester and students living in the Neighborhood should follow the specific guidance they have received regarding winter break testing, travel, and re-entering the testing protocol.

For those who are asked to quarantine due to travel, follow the protocol described below when traveling to the District from any state or country other Maryland or Virginia. Quarantine requirements may vary based on specific situations, so please follow all instructions from the DC Department of Health and Georgetown’s public health team. 

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Traveler TypeAction
Fully vaccinated and no symptomsNo need to test or quarantine
Had a positive COVID test within 90 days and no symptomsNo need to test or quarantine
MD/VA residentsNo need to test or quarantine (provided you have not traveled to a high-risk area within the last 14 days prior to travel to DC)
Travelers to DC for less than 24 hoursNo need to quarantine/test
DC residents coming home from high risk stateNo need to get pre-departure test; quarantine for 3-5 days and released with negative test
All other travelers from high-risk statesTest 72 hours prior to departure; quarantine for 3-5 days and released with negative test
Quarantine and testing instructions for non-essential travel

If you are self-quarantining and unable to come to campus for a regularly-scheduled work day, you may submit a time off request in GMS and choose the “COVID-19” time off type.

If you are an essential employee (as designated in your position description):

  1. Inform your supervisor of your travel plans prior to departure.
  2. You do not need to self-quarantine or get tested three to five days after you return to DC, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  3. Continue to get tested in accordance with the COVID-19 testing protocol through the end of the semester.