General Information and GUMC Updates Related to COVID-19

Georgetown University COVID-19 Information

Please see Georgetown’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and announcements.

Campus Mask Guidance

Effective February 17, 2021: In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of highly transmissible variants of the virus, the University has updated its guidelines for employees, students, and visitors who work on, reside in, or visit the University’s Washington, DC, campuses or University-owned or controlled spaces in Washington, DC. These guidelines also apply to participation in University programs and activities, regardless of location.

Our collective power can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

All employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask when on campus. We strongly recommend individuals wear a surgical-style mask, or other medical-style mask or consider double-masking (cloth mask on top of a surgical-style mask). We recommend against wearing a cloth mask alone.

The University will make available single-use, disposable surgical-style masks for all employees, students, and visitors approved to be on campus. Surgical-style masks will be made available at entrances to University buildings staffed by public health screeners, residence halls, and on-campus testing sites and at the rear entrance of GUTS buses. Employees may also receive masks from their departments. Those buying their own surgical-style masks should look for masks designated as ASTM Level 2 or 3.

Any employee, student, or visitor who fails to abide by these guidelines may be asked or directed to leave the campus space.

Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine and Public Health and Safety Measures (as of 1/8/2021): While the new vaccines help prevent individuals from getting sick with COVID-19, research is still underway to understand if a vaccinated individual can transmit the virus to others. For these reasons, everyone, even those who have been vaccinated, must continue to be vigilant in following all public health and safety measures. 

Instructional Continuity

Resources for Self-Care

Georgetown University graphic illustrating the symptoms of COVID-19
Know the symptoms of COVID-19: Symptoms can include the following: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Employees can access fast, convenient, confidential and free one-on-one mental health help over video appointments through One Medical, a national primary care network. (Georgetown University covers costs for the program for eligible employees.)

Ways to Help Support Our MedStar and Georgetown Colleagues

Guidance for Staff & AAP

Dahlgren Memorial Library Operating Status

As of February 1, 2021: Biomedical Graduate Education and School of Medicine students and graduate students at the School of Nursing & Health Studies are eligible to use study spaces created in the Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML) on the Medical Center campus. View details about this opportunity.

DML offers many services online, including Ask a DML Librarian. In addition, DML’s COVID-19 page can help you keep current with the rapidly changing COVID-19 literature and guidelines.

Travel Moratorium

A moratorium on all university-sponsored and supported international and domestic air and train travel, including travel funded by a grant, foundation, company or another university, continues to be in place. Those with a compelling university-related reason for such travel should consult with the office of the Provost or campus executive vice president (for GUMC), senior vice president and chief operating officer (for staff of University Services), or the vice president and chief of staff (for direct reports to the president) to request an exception. Read more travel guidance here.

Event Restrictions

In-person events at GUMC are restricted until further notice. Those who feel a scheduled event should still take place in person should submit a request for a waiver via this Google Form. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.


COVID-19 News from GUMC