All faculty who have been approved to be on GW campuses this fall must participate in mandatory, free of charge COVID-19 testing.
At the onset of the fall 2020 semester, all community members being granted special permission to access campus will be tested weekly. This frequency may be reevaluated and scaled based on specific changes in disease transmission rates, outbreaks and an individual faculty member’s frequency in coming to campus as the semester continues.
In order to receive a COVID-19 test, you must sign a consent form before your arrival to the testing center. Your test may be delayed if you do not complete the consent form prior to your appointment. Testing is being conducted at two locations:
- Foggy Bottom: Smith Center. Please enter the Gate 1 entrance at 23rd and G streets, NW. Handicapped entrance is the lower entrance at this same location, then take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
- Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC): Enterprise Hall. The front entrance facing University Drive is where registration will be set up.
Registering for Your COVID-19 Test
To mitigate crowding at testing centers, you are required to make an appointment. To set up your appointment (for COVID-19 testing only), please log into the medical portal using your GW email and password. Check out this step-by-step guide (PDF) for guidance. Please do not show up to the testing center without an appointment.
When registering, ensure that your mobile phone number is current, update your mobile phone carrier and activate text messaging to receive your test results, as well as any updates and reminders.
Please note that when you initially register your account that the system default is set to overdue status. Your overdue status will be updated after you complete your daily symptom monitoring and receive your first negative test.
Continue Monitoring for Symptoms
Self-monitoring for symptoms is integral to keeping our campus safe. If you are approved to spend time on campus, you will be expected to self-monitor for and report COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis in the medical portal. Faculty with symptoms should contact the GW Occupational Health Program and also schedule an appointment for a symptomatic test.
If you depart the D.C. metropolitan region and travel to and return from a high-risk state as determined by the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health), D.C. requires a 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. Under this guidance, reporting to the test site and other efforts to obtain health care are allowed during quarantine. Virginia does not have a comparable quarantine requirement. See guidance for employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 (PDF) and guidance for employees who have symptoms suspicious for COVID-19 (PDF).
Confidential and Secure
All test results will be confidential and will be maintained in a secure GW server and only disclosed to authorized individuals, as noted in the consent. You will be able to access your result through the medical portal. All test results (positive and negative) will be reported by the laboratory to D.C. Health, Virginia Department of Health or other state or county governmental entity as may be required by law.
If you test positive:
All faculty members who receive a positive COVID-19 test will need to isolate for at least 10 days and will not participate in the routine testing for 90 days. Please review isolation guidance (PDF).
Occupational Health, as well as the GW Campus COVID Support Team (CCST), will follow up within 24 hours. CCST can facilitate communication with specific GW officials, if desired. Faculty members who test positive should alert their immediate supervisor (e.g., department chair, program director or associate dean, as appropriate) that they will be out of work but do not have to reveal their COVID-19 test status. Faculty members should also coordinate course coverage with their immediate supervisor for the quarantine period and any additional period of illness. Before resuming any activities on campus, faculty members will need to be cleared by Occupational Health.
In order to provide for the health and safety of those you may have come into contact with, you will also be expected to cooperate with any contact tracing procedures, including efforts to identify and test other members of the GW community who may have been exposed. GW will be required to file a case report form for anyone we identify with a positive test with D.C. Health (Foggy Bottom) or the Virginia Department of Health (VSTC). The appropriate health department will carry out contact tracing activities that will include interviewing you and any of your close contacts. It is very important that all members of our community cooperate with public health agencies in these efforts.
If you test negative:
You will continue to have access to campus as long as your COVID-19 tests results are negative. Please keep in mind that the university’s mandatory COVID-19 testing is just one of several protective measures that we are requesting that you comply with in order to maintain your ability to have access to campus.