Update to GW’s COVID-19 Public Health Protocols | GW Today

Linda Rider
To GW Community Associates:

The George Washington University will update its community wellness protocols beginning Monday, April 4, 2022.  Particulars for GW neighborhood users and guests are as follows: 

  • Masks will be optional but continue to be strongly advisable in all college-owned or -operated facilities with the exception of university health care facilities.  Sporting a mask will continue to be a prerequisite at the Colonial Wellness Center and the GW Medical College Associates, which is dependable with the District of Columbia’s steering
  • Visitors coming to GW’s campuses and amenities for routine organization causes, these types of as conferences, deal do the job, interviews, classroom visits and campus excursions, will no longer be necessary to demonstrate proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and booster even though nearby positivity fees are low.  People and friends at indoor situations in GW venues (Smith Center, Lisner Auditorium, Jack Morton Auditorium, and so forth.) will nevertheless be issue to vaccine verification.  Make sure you verify the precise event’s site for comprehensive data.  Updated FAQs about customer necessities are forthcoming.
  • Accessibility to university buildings will continue being the same.  Please carry your GWorld card with you at all times.  All readers will still have to have to be escorted in properties that are not now open to the public.  
  • Regime COVID-19 surveillance screening will continue being in spot at this time.  We will re-examine our testing protocol later this month.
Though masks are optional on our campuses, their use is strongly inspired. Individuals may opt for no matter if to put on a mask centered on a assortment of motives.  We check with that you respect the particular conclusions of others who proceed to select to use a mask. N95 masks stay the most successful way to secure you and others from COVID-19, and they will carry on to be obtainable for absolutely free to local community users at GW’s testing facilities.  Moreover, customers of our local community and visitors from out of town ought to be conscious that numerous enterprises, as very well as public transportation in D.C. continue to involve masks it is a very good notion to carry a person.
Even however we experienced an expected increase in COVID premiums on campus just after spring crack, we are producing these improvements for several factors: the District of Columbia’s group level designation remains “small” and there is not powerful evidence that this recent rise has led to important transmission in indoor educational areas or increased premiums of severe COVID ailment in campus users who have examined favourable. 

We will continue to observe costs of COVID-19 on our campuses and in the location and may perhaps reinstate any this kind of general public health demands as required.  We believe that our COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirement supplies potent safety for our local community users from significant ailment or hospitalization.  Thank you for your continued cooperation as we do the job collectively to maintain just one a different protected and healthy.  We will update our group with any other alterations as desired.

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