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.