Coronavirus Updates

On this page, you will find general information and news updates regarding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. Please visit our FAQ pages for information regarding University operations, health and wellness, residence halls, academics, dining services, federal work study, events, financial aid, parking/transportation, visitation, and communication.

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Overview

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. 


There have been significant developments in the ongoing spread of COVID-19: 

  • The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. As of July 27, there are 16,114,449 reported cases worldwide (source: https://covid19.who.int/) and 4.432,627 reported cases in the United States. 
  • The Federal Government has issued guidance discouraging any travel of U.S. citizens abroad. For more information on country by country updates, and the worldwide status, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

In Washington, D.C., Phase Two started on Monday, June 22, 2020.


Beginning Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District. Individuals traveling from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the District for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and, if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.


The list of states are considered high-risk. Travel to and from Maryland and Virginia is exempt from the Order. This list should be used until Monday, August 10, when an updated list will be posted on coronavirus.dc.gov.

As of June 25, 2020, an official Fall Re-Opening Guidance has been released by President Wayne A. I. Frederick. Read the entire letter here.


The Fall 2020 re-opening guidance, available here, was framed around the following tenets:

  • Howard University will make decisions guided primarily by considerations for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding community.
  • Decisions about health and safety made by the University in the context of COVID-19 will be evidence-based and data-driven, where data is available. 
  • Howard University will continue to deliver an exceptional education and optimal services, within the unavoidable constraints of the COVID-19 response.
  • Howard University will be transparent when communicating to our entire University body and our community.

It is critical that you read the entire Fall re-opening guidance document and familiarize yourself with its contents.

 
We will continue to monitor the situation and update the campus community as circumstances evolve. For additional information, please visit the  CDC website. 


Thank you.

 

Resources

Howard University Call Center: 202-806-3345

Student Health Center: 202-806-7540

University Counseling Services: 202-806-6870

Department of Public Safety: 202-806-7777

Residence Life: 202-806-6131

CETLA (Teaching and Learning): 202-806-0870

Graduate School Academic Continuity Resource Guide

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students

 

External Resources

24-hour telemedicine service for medical or mental health advice: www.telehelp4students.com

United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR): www.uhcsr.com/where4care

U-Haul® has announced that they will extend 30 days of free self-storage to help college students that are impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited time offer that is subject to availability. To take advantage of this offer go to  www.uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced, in order to help university students get home, the business is waiving its young renter fee and reducing its minimum age to rent a vehicle from 21 to 18 years old. For more information and to begin their car rental reservation process, students can visit www.enterprise.com/studenttravelassistance or call (1-844-624-4412).

Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

Comcast Increases Access to and Speeds of Internet Essentials to Support Americans Through Coronavirus Pandemic.

Comcast which owns Xfinity, will also make it easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.

Charter Spectrum offering 60 days of free broadband access.

AT&T will keep public WiFi hotspots open for anyone who needs them. The company is also waiving all wireless data overage fees and will not cancel service for non-payment over the next 60 days.

Verizon Wireless has announced they will not cancel service for non-payment over the next 60 days.

Protect Yourself and Others from Respiratory Illness

Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Protect yourself and others from getting sick. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, before, during and after you prepare food, before eating, after toilet use, when hands are visibly dirty, and after handling animals or animal waste.Protect others from getting sick. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick.