COVID-19 Update: CDC Guidance on Face Coverings

April 16, 2020

Dear GW Community,

We hope you and your families continue to stay healthy and safe. Our university leadership continues to regularly monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date guidance to ensure our community remains informed and safe. Recently, the CDC has advised that anyone traveling in public, particularly to high-density locations such as grocery stores or pharmacies, should wear a face covering. Additionally, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is now requiring anyone who uses public transit to wear a face covering when doing so. Out of care for your health and the safety of your loved ones, we urge all members of the GW community to wear a face covering if traveling outside their homes, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Although most of us are working remotely, many of our teams have continued to remain on-site. We thank these team members for helping to keep our community safe and our university operational. We have distributed masks to those employees who have been designated to be on campus during the COVID-19 emergency to ensure that they are able to do so as safely as possible.

Human Resource Management and Development has created a video (featured below) on how to wear and properly care for all face coverings. If you are interested in making a face covering at home, the CDC has provided a useful guide on how to construct your own face covering.

Please continue monitor our GW COVID-19 website for all the latest up-to-date information on the university’s response, and contact 1-855-GWU-INFO (855-498-4636) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m for any questions regarding university operations. We wish you safety and health, and thank you as always, for your partnership and care. 


Dana Bradley
Vice President and Chief People Officer