Staying Healthy this Thanksgiving

November 14, 2022

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we encourage you to review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to celebrate the holiday safely. It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask while traveling to reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.  

You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of GW’s free COVID-19 testing prior to and upon return from travel, especially around Thanksgiving break as COVID-19 rates are expected to rise due to anticipated large gatherings.

To make an appointment, visit the medical portal. Instructions on how to schedule a test are available online. Most of the COVID-19 test sites will have special operating hours the week of November 21 and on November 27. Results from testing November 21 and 22 will be available by Wednesday, November 23. 

Foggy Bottom Test Locations:

  • Monday, November 21: All locations open for regular hours
  • Tuesday, November 22: All test locations will close early at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 23 - Saturday, November 26: Closed
  • Sunday, November 27: Science and Engineering Hall location will be open from 12 - 6 p.m. Other locations may open based on demand.  

Other test locations will be open on Monday, November 21, only. Details are listed below. 

  • Virginia Science and Technology Campus: open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon Campus:  open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Rockville: open 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Alexandria: open from 3  - 6 p.m.
  • Arlington: open from 3  - 6 p.m.


If you test positive for COVID-19 while you are away from campus, please upload your positive test results to the medical portal. Do not return to campus until you are out of isolation.

Please remember that masks continue to be mandatory in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, as well as GW transportation services such as the Mount Vernon Express, VSTC Express and SafeRide.

Masks are optional but remain strongly recommended in all other university-owned or -operated facilities and contexts, especially when in crowded indoor spaces for extended periods of time.  N95 masks are still available for free to community members at GW’s test sites.

We hope you have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!