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The GW Medical Enterprise Begins Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2020) – The GW Medical Enterprise will begin drive-through testing on Monday, April 6, 2020. Testing will only be conducted by appointment, after a physician has spoken with the patient and has deemed a test is appropriate. This initiative is GW’s response in partnership with the District based on city-wide need.

The testing site is being set up as an important step toward identifying who has the virus and stopping the virus in the Washington, D.C., area. Through this drive-through testing, GW is providing a more accessible and convenient method of testing for those who think they might have or have been exposed to, the coronavirus or COVID-19, thus enabling individuals and their physicians to determine if they need to seek the appropriate medical care or self-quarantine in their homes.

“As the COVID-19 health care crisis continues to evolve, we are committed to offering critical resources, such as this drive-through testing, for our community. As we navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind the D.C. metropolitan community that GW MFA doctors and health care providers are working hard to provide care and support them during this time,” said Barbara L. Bass, MD, CEO of the GW Medical Faculty Associates, dean of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and vice president for health affairs at GW.  

“GW Hospital is proud to be a pillar of healthcare in the D.C. region and we are committed to caring for our community during this pivotal and unprecedented time,” says Kimberly Russo, CEO of GW Hospital. “Offering this additional option for testing in the city further expands this important service to better meet the needs of the community and ensure that individuals are able to access care in the most appropriate setting for them.”

To schedule a (video or phone) consultation with a GW physician to be evaluated, please contact (202) 741-2765 Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM. Or, a person’s regular physician can follow the instructions at to get patients a referral for testing.

More details about the process can be found at


About The George Washington University Hospital
The George Washington University Hospital is a 395-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC. Featuring a Level I Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Level III NICU, GW Hospital offers clinical expertise in a variety of areas including cardiac, cancer, neurosciences, women’s health, and advanced surgery including robotic and minimally invasive surgery. The mission of the George Washington University Hospital is to provide high-quality health care, advanced medical technology and world-class service to its patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research. GW Hospital is jointly owned and operated by George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS).

About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.

About The GW Medical Faculty Associates
The GW Medical Faculty Associates is committed to comprehensive, quality and accessible patient care in the communities we serve. We are the largest, independent physician group in the Metropolitan Washington area offering primary care and 51 specialties with more than 750 providers committed to coordinated, patient-centered care built on a rich history of academic medicine.  Our physician practices are located in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.  Find a provider and location convenient to you by visiting