Important Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention by calling your provider’s office. For more information regarding the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

If you need help deciding if you should seek medical care, access the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms page by clicking on the Coronavirus Self-Checker button at the top of the page.

Hospital Services and Programs

The hospital is fully operational. We are monitoring for symptoms in patients and implementing isolation protocols, if needed. We are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe while serving the needs of our community. We are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local Health Authority.

  • Our Emergency Department treats individuals for emergency medical conditions. If you have fever and/or cough symptoms consistent with the virus and desire to seek medical attention, call your primary care provider or an Urgent Care Center.
  • Routine appointments or testing at the hospital will be rescheduled.
  • Most community health education programs offered by the hospital in the near term have been canceled/postponed; please follow the hospital on Facebook for updates.

LIMITED VISITATION — Be an Advocate for Your Loved One’s Care

The following is in effect until further notice:

Due to an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the Metropolitan DMV area, The George Washington University Hospital is temporarily restricting all visitors, as of March 13, 2020.

Exceptions to these restrictions can be made in special circumstances, and by prior approval by the Incident Commander, including:

  • End of Life Care,
  • The guardian of a pediatric/neonatal patient,
  • Labor and delivery – one visitor (this includes either the professional support person or one loved one). Visitor must remain in the hospital for duration of stay.

To seek approval, call 202-715-4195.

For all exceptions approved, individuals are subject to screening and will be prohibited if they have been in contact with someone with fever, cough or influenza-like symptoms within the last 48 hours; a known or suspected COVID-19 patient; and/or have traveled to an affected country, as currently identified on the CDC Travel Health Notices list. Additionally, individuals will be required to practice effective hand hygiene upon entering the facility as well as entering and exiting a patient room.

Prevention

The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures.

  • Social distancing – avoiding crowds and crowded spaces, avoiding handshaking and hugging, deliberately staying at least six feet away from other people, and replacing in-person visits with remote check-ins using technology.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it or if you have the virus and are showing symptoms.

COVID-19 Test Results

We will call you to notify you of your test results the day we receive them, whether negative or positive. If you are looking to inquire about the results, call 202-715-4401. If you have questions about your ongoing symptoms, contact your physician office.

 

Additional Resources

Podcast: GW Hospital Uses Virtual Reality to Combat COVID-19

GW Hospital received its first COVID-19-positive patient on March 18. In this podcast, Dr. Keith Mortman, Director of Thoracic Surgery at GW Hospital, shares what he saw upon first confronting the COVID-19 virus and gives an inside glimpse of a COVID-19 damaged lung, which we can see with advanced virtual reality imaging.

Listen to the podcast

Donations needed

Our staff of healthcare providers is currently equipped to keep patients and our workers safe. However, it is expected that over the next few weeks, we will need additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including non-surgical face masks. If you are interested in providing hand-sewn masks to our facility, kindly follow the provided user-friendly instructions: