Dear GW Community:
This spring, more than 6,200 students, faculty and staff are living, studying and working on our campuses. These on-campus cohort members undergo rigorous health and safety measures that are in place for the community, including mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing, daily symptom monitoring and required seasonal flu vaccinations. These steps are important to keeping our community safe, but we all share in this responsibility.
As the pandemic continues, we encourage you to remain vigilant and follow public health guidance, including wearing masks in public settings and anywhere you may be around others. Newer COVID-19 strains appear to be more transmissible. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not formally recommended wearing two masks at the same time, it may be prudent to do so if your mask is not medical-grade or does not have two or more layers.
We are all spending more time indoors due to colder weather. However, it is especially important to continue social distancing and limiting gatherings, such as traditional Super Bowl parties. Per university, District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland guidelines, public gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less with social distancing and mask wearing.
The COVID-19 vaccine, although extremely limited, continues to become available. We strongly encourage you, in consultation with your healthcare provider, to immediately accept the vaccine as soon as it is offered to you or becomes available to you. Please note that even if you have received the vaccine, you should still continue following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others. On-campus cohort members should also continue weekly COVID-19 testing and daily symptom monitoring.
Thank you for your help to keep our GW community healthy and safe.
Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Vice President for Safety and Facilities