Dr. Vince WinklerPrins, Chief Public Health Officer at Georgetown University, provides us here with the latest information on COVID-19. For your information:
Dear Members of the Georgetown Community,
I write today to share the news that a member of the Georgetown community who teaches on the Main Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been on our campus since March 2 and presented symptoms after our transition to a virtual learning environment. The individual is now at their permanent residence and is receiving needed care and treatment.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is working with this individual and will reach out to anyone they identify as being at risk due to their exposure. Out of an abundance of caution, we are informing all Georgetown community members. In addition, this individual’s classroom and nearby areas are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
In line with the national trajectory, we anticipate there will be other members of the Georgetown community who are diagnosed with COVID-19 in the days ahead. Georgetown has convened regular leadership meetings since the emergence of COVID-19, activated an Emergency Response Team and has coordinated closely with local health departments and higher education partners.
Georgetown’s Health Information site is available as a resource if you are feeling sick, have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, or need best practices for self-quarantine and social distancing.
Moving forward, all subsequent confirmed cases will be posted on Georgetown’s COVID-19 Resource Center, which is updated daily. If you would like to receive a daily update listing all new COVID-19 communications sent by Georgetown, subscribe to our daily digest. Should you have additional questions, please contact our university call center at (202) 784-3510, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
We remind our community to take the necessary precautions and practice social distancing, ideally maintaining at least six feet between you and others at all times. By remaining calm, following procedures and working together, the spread of illness should be significantly reduced.
The health and well-being of our community is our paramount concern. We thank you for your patience and ongoing support as we respond to this rapidly changing public health emergency.
Vince WinklerPrins, MD, FAAFP
Chief Public Health Officer