SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and outbreak response on an urban American college campus
Journal of American college health : J of ACH
SARS-CoV-2; case investigation; surveillance
OBJECTIVE: The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., USA established the Public Health Laboratory and Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) to develop and implement its SARS-CoV-2 surveillance testing and outbreak response for the 2020-2021 academic year. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Approximately 4,000 GW members had access to campus for living accommodations, limited in-person instruction, athletics, research, and university operations. The outbreak response included daily risk assessment surveys, weekly surveillance testing, symptomatic and voluntary testing, case investigation, and contact tracing. RESULTS: Between August 17 - November 24, 2020, 42,350 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests were performed, and 194 (0.46%) of tests were positive. Surveillance testing identified 59 (30.4%); voluntary testing 97 (50%); and symptomatic testing 30 (15.5%) of the cases, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Robust testing of asymptomatic people and rapid isolation and quarantine of members who are exposed or infected effectively limited the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during the Fall 2020 semester.
Towers, Steven A.; Gemechu, Nigussie B.; Nagaraj, Nitasha C.; Landry, Megan M.; Beane, Patrick; Sardon, Gary A.; Weiss, Emily C.; Liu, Cindy M.; Park, Daniel E.; Aziz, Maliha; Goldman, Lynn R.; Vyas, Amita N.; McDonnell, Karen A.; and Castel, Amanda D., "SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and outbreak response on an urban American college campus" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 616.