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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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. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic with 1,634,010 reported cases in the U.S. and growing clusters of the disease forcing many Americans to change their daily lives.

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

In Washington, D.C., Mayor Bowser has declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency and D.C.& Department of Health has recommended the canceling of large non-essential gatherings.

  • As of May 27, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued Mayor’s Order 2020-067 to lift the “Stay-At-Home Order” and begin reopening under the Phase One guidance as the District continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Additionally, the DC Mayor has released “Guidance for Schools Pre-K-12 and Adult” for Phase One and Phase Two. During Phase 1, schools (inclusive of Preschool-K-12 and Adult) will remain in a virtual learning posture. DC Health recommends not starting in-person school activities during Phase 1 of reopening.
  • The District’s reported data as of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 includes 105 new positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 8,334.
  • The DC Mayor also announced members, which include Dr. Wayne Frederick, for the ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group, which will create plans to open Washington, D.C. The task force is split into 11 committees tackling recovery plans for services like education, retail, transportation and recreation, and social services. Dr. Frederick will help oversee the committee responsible for addressing equity and vulnerable populations. Committee members will focus on how the District's recovery efforts will right-size investments in communities hardest hit by the virus and find strategies to make the systems that have supported these inequities fair and more resilient.

On May 22, 2020 an update on the University’s Fall Planning and Fall 2020 Preparation Committee was released. Read the update here.

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.



Howard University Call Center: 202-806-3345

Student Health Center: 202-806-7540

University Counseling Services: 202-806-6870

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Residence Life: 202-806-6131

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

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External Resources

24-hour telemedicine service for medical or mental health advice:

United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR):

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 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 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.