Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Public Health Alert: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases – Tuesday, August 4

Date Published: August 4, 2020

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. We encourage those who test positive to notify us via the COVID-19 Screening Form or the Medical Campus COVID-19 Screening Form, so we can appropriately notify those in our community of possible risks of exposure. 

As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 85 total positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed to Georgetown University (this includes students, faculty and staff) since March 15. Previous messages containing details of confirmed cases can be found on the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases page.

We are respecting the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. While it is understandable you would want to know if you have been exposed to 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 mask-wearing mandates, follow good hand hygiene practices, and social distancing and follow the guidance from U.S. and local health authorities. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include a fever (temperature above 100.3), cough and difficulty breathing – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. In addition, the following symptoms may be indicators of COVID-19: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea, 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 should call student health or their physician right away, schedule coronavirus testing, and 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. Any person exhibiting symptoms should call a medical professional prior to going to a health care facility.