This page reports confirmed cases among AU community members (students, faculty, staff, and contractors) who are in the Washington, DC area and who may have been to campus within the last 30 days. Data is also provided on AU's testing as well as local DC data. This dashboard is updated weekly on Tuesdays.
AU Confirmed Cases
Total Cases to Date*
*Cases reported during the spring 2022 semester. Total weekly cases: 70, including 23 self-reports for the reporting period ending 5/17/2022.
*Self-reported hospitalizations during the spring 2022 semester. Last updated 5/17/2022.
Total COVID-19 tests administered*
*Tests administered during the spring 2022 semester. Last updated 5/17/2022.
Weekly percentage of positive tests*
*Represents the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in the AU Community based on the number of AU-administered tests. Total number of AU-administered positive tests: 47 out of 483 during the reporting period ending 5/17/22.
*Total tests for the week of January 10 was originally reported as 1,729. This has been corrected to 2,938. The positivity rate for that week was 4.12%. Note that no testing was conducted on January 17 due to the MLK holiday. Total tests for the week of February 14 was originally reported as 2,046. This has been corrected to 3,327. The positivity rate for that week was 2.71%.
AU Vaccination Compliance*
Residential Students Fully Vaccinated*
Students Fully Vaccinated*
Faculty/Staff Fully Vaccinated*
*Self-reported vaccinations fall 2021 semester. Last updated 5/17/2022.
Washington DC Case Numbers
DC Positivity rate*
As of 5/15/2022
*DC regional data reported from the CDC's COVID Data Tracker. Please note, this represents a 7-day average.
In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), AU protects the privacy and medical information of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. While it is understandable to question if you have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case, there are two important things to remember. First, the public health departments will determine who needs to be contacted (for contact tracing) based on their investigation of each case. Second, with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 around the region, country, and world, the most important thing for all of us to do is practice good health hygiene and social distancing and follow the guidance from U.S. and local health authorities. If you have been in high risk countries or areas of the U.S., be vigilant about following CDC guidance for monitoring your health and self-isolating. Please keep these things in mind and help support both the individuals who have COVID-19 and our entire community.
New COVID-19 Diagnoses
All members of the American University community should notify American University if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 via the AU Forward portal.
The university is following the guidance from U.S. health agencies and continues to implement steps to keep the AU community safe and healthy. The Student Health Center has implemented new policies and procedures with dedicated personnel to handle coronavirus-related concerns.
Symptoms of coronavirus generally include fever over 100.4 degrees, cough, or trouble breathing.
If you or a family member has had a potential COVID-19 exposure as outlined by the CDC and you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance.
- Students: Please obtain a COVID-19 test in Constitution Hall. Students who would like to speak meet with a medical professional at the Student Health Center and either have an in-person visit or a telehealth visit should schedule an appointment via the student health portal or by calling 202-885-3380.
- Faculty and Staff: Please contact your primary care provider or local urgent care center.
Public Health Guidance and Resources
All AU community members must follow the Health and Safety Guidelines and Communicable Diseases Policy and Directives. Face coverings are required on campus, including indoors at all times and outdoors when in groups of 25 or more people. Wash your hands regularly.
Below are links that explain social distancing, isolation, and quarantine, as well as recognizing COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you think you might have the virus.