Latest COVID-19 Information

The safety of our patients and staff has always been and remains our top priority. We continue to actively monitor the prevalence and severity of COVID-19 transmission in our community and respond to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local health agencies.

Thank you for entrusting your care to us. When you or your loved ones need services, know that we are here to deliver a superior healthcare experience.

COVID-19 Testing Options

*PLEASE NOTE: The Emergency Department at GW Hospital is working to provide critical, emergent care to our community. If you are seeking a COVID-19 test and are not experiencing serious illness, please contact a local community testing site. This will enable us to better serve patients who are experiencing medical emergencies.

COVID-19 PCR, antibody and same-day antigen testing is available at GW Immediate and Primary Care (IPC), at the Cleveland Park and Rhode Island Ave. locations during the hours of operation. You are able to get a test at one of these locations if you are symptomatic, traveling or need a test for another reason. No appointment is required.

COVID Testing Locations and Hours

COVID-19 Vaccinations

GW Hospital is NOT a community vaccination site. Please refer to your local health authority or pharmacy for information on community vaccination sites.

Visitation Guidelines

See our latest visitation guidelines →

Individuals Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

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 or an Urgent Care Center. If you do not have a primary care physician, you can call (833) 397-3101 for a referral to a doctor who can schedule a phone or video appointment with you.

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

Virtual Health

When it comes to your health, seeking safe essential care cannot be delayed. Fortunately, with Virtual Health services available through the GW Medical enterprise, access to such care has never been easier. Virtual Health enables you to speak with providers in various departments, all from the comfort of your own home or wherever you may be, using your phone, tablet or computer.

Learn more about how to arrange a Virtual Health visit →

Recovering From COVID-19 at Home

Use these nutrition and hydration tips to help you or a loved one recover at home from COVID-19.*

Stay Hydrated and Eat Well!

  • Remember, if you have a fever, you need more fluids and calories than normal.
  • You may not feel hungry, but it is important to continue to eat so you don’t lose your muscles.
  • Even if you don’t feel thirsty, remember to drink fluids so that you don’t get dehydrated.

Nutritional Needs With COVID-19

  • Fluid: Drink 2-4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes. Try sport drinks, juice, protein shakes, water or ginger ale.
  • Protein: Focus on intake of protein-rich foods such as peanut or other nut butters, milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, chicken, fish, turkey, or protein shakes.
  • Calories: Do not restrict calories at this time. No dieting! Increase intake of “good” fats such as those found in olive oil and avocados, and oils found in fish.

What if You Really Don’t Want to Eat?

  • Try store-bought protein shakes (such as Ensure, Boost or Premiere Protein) or make a homemade smoothie with protein powder, milk and fruit. Liquid calories are easier to consume and are digested faster so you won’t feel full for too long.
  • Try to eat small meals more often (i.e., six snacks per day).
*Modified from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

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