COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

This page reports confirmed cases among AU community members (students, faculty, staff, and contractors) who are in the Washington, DC area and who may have been to campus within the last 30 days. Beginning on August 31, 2020 this page will be updated every Monday with data from the previous week.

American University Community

Reporting Period

Number of Cases

Week of 8/24 (reported on 8/31)


Week of 8/31 (reported on 9/7)


Week of 9/7 (reported on 9/14)


Week of 9/14 (reported on 9/21)


Week of 9/21 (reported on 9/28)


Week of 9/28 (reported on 10/5)


Week of 10/5 (reported on 10/12)


Week of 10/12 (reported on 10/19)


Total Cases to Date



In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), AU protects 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 via the AU Forward portal.

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, (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

All AU community members must follow the Health and Safety Guidelines and  Communicable Diseases Policy and Directives. Face coverings are required on campus and six feet of physical distancing must be maintained. Wash your hands regularly.

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.