Howard University strives to make COVID-19 testing easy and efficient to help keep our community safe and healthy.

The University is partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific to provide COVID-19 testing to the campus community.

How to Get Tested

Testing on campus for employees and students is free. Find out how to get a test.

Test results are available within 24 hours of testing.

Vaccination for Faculty and Staff

Information on vaccination for employees of Howard University is available on our Vaccination for Faculty and Staff page.

About the Data

The data presented on this page is updated once/week. Please see the main University Pandemic Response landing page for more details about the status of campus operations.

Positive reported cases are unique positives.

Latest update for data below: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Most Recent Data: 11/27/21 - 12/3/21

Positive Negative Total Positivity Rate
Faculty/Staff 5 606 611 0.82%
Student 2 826 828 0.24%
Overall Total 7 1432 1439 0.49%

Cumulative Data Since the Week of 08/17/20

Number of Student Positives


Number of Staff & Faculty Positives


Total Number of Positives


Total Number of Tests Performed


Student Positivity Rate


Faculty & Staff Positivity Rate


Cumulative Data Since the Week of 09/05/2020**

We recommend using a desktop computer or device with a large screen when viewing the data below.

**Testing began at Howard in mid-August. During the initial weeks, some of the person type (student vs. faculty/staff) information for this early sample was deemed unreliable. Therefore, this initial data is not included within the line and bar charts that are separated into the two groups.

Cumulative Data Notes

Since the start of the Fall 2020 semester, Howard University faculty, staff, and students present on campus have been required to be tested regularly.

Winter break closure: Between December 16th and January 4th, the University was closed.

Spring break closure: Between March 6th and March 14th, the University was closed.

Fall 2021 semester: In-person undergraduate classes resumed for the Fall 2021 semester on 8/23/21.

COVID-19 in Washington, D.C.

See Washington D.C.'s testing data. As of December 5th, the D.C. government reports that of the 2,438,570 tests that have been performed, 67,996 have been positive. The Washington, D.C. positivity rate is 2.8%.