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Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

To keep the AU community informed, this page will report confirmed cases of COVID-19 among American University community members, both on and off campus, that could present a risk of exposure to other members of the university community. This information is based on confirmed cases reported to American University and verified by a public health agency. The list does not include American University community members who are self-isolating in accordance with CDC guidelines due to possible exposure factors or suspected/potential cases that have not been confirmed by a test.

 

 Location  # of Cases  
 On-campus  1
 Off-campus  15
 TOTAL CASES    16

*as of 3/28/20

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person can vary.

It’s important to remember that confirmed cases do not always indicate active infections. In fact, many individuals who have tested positive have already recovered or are in the process of recovering.

Privacy

We are protecting the privacy and medical information of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. While it is understandable to question if you have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case, there are two important things to remember. First, the public health departments will determine who needs to be contacted (for contact tracing) based on their investigation of each case. Second, with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 around the region, country, and world, the most important thing for all of us to do is practice good health hygiene and social distancing and follow the guidance from U.S. and local health authorities. If you have been in high risk countries or areas of the U.S., be vigilant about following CDC guidance for monitoring your health and self-isolating. Please keep these things in mind and help support both the individuals who have COVID-19 and our entire community.

New COVID-19 Diagnoses

All members of the American University community should notify American University if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. Students with a confirmed test should email prepared@american.edu. Faculty or staff with a confirmed test should email employeerelations@american.edu (Health information will be kept confidential).

The university is following the guidance from U.S. health agencies and continues to implement steps to keep the AU community safe and healthy. The Student Health Center has implemented new policies and procedures with dedicated personnel to handle coronavirus-related concerns.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of coronavirus generally include fever over 100.4 degrees, cough or trouble breathing. 

If you or a family member has had a potential COVID-19 exposure as outlined by the CDC and you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance.

  • Students: Please call the Student Health Center at 202-885-7777 if on campus or email SHCcoronavirus@american.edu, (or 911 if off-campus), or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
  • Faculty and Staff: Please contact your primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Public Health Guidance and Resources

We encourage all members of the university community to employ the following social distancing techniques to slow the spread:

  • Stay at home.
  • If you must go out, keep at least six feet between yourself and other people. 
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging.
  • Clean and wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Below are links that explain social distancing, isolation and quarantine, as well as recognizing COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you think you might have the virus.