April 3: COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Dear Patriots,

The university continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and develop strategies to reduce the risk on our campuses. As part of this effort, we want to share a new tool to help better educate our community about the COVID-19 virus and one way we may help slow the spread of the virus. 

As always, the most the current information on COVID-19 can be found on the coronavirus website.  You are encouraged to review this information to help keep yourself and those around you safe during this crisis. 

The university’s College of Health and Human Services has developed the COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool, which is designed to better educate our community about the coronavirus and minimize risk to our populations. The tool is voluntary. We invite all students and employees to participate.

The tool is located on the university’s Blackboard homepage, and takes just a few moments to complete. The Risk Assessment asks simple screening questions about possible symptoms to identify individuals who have, or are at risk of, COVID-19 exposure. Based on an individual’s response and needs, the tool will direct that individual to appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

All who voluntarily complete the Risk Assessment will be asked to fill out the Daily Symptoms Journal to track symptoms on an on-going basis.

If you develop symptoms at any time, please contact a healthcare provider. The Risk Assessment tool is not a substitute for medical advice.  This risk assessment is only a tool to help you find more information. Please be aware that the risk assessment administrators will not notify individuals with whom you have been in contact, and whom may be at risk if you have the virus.

The information collected from the COVID-19 Risk Assessment will be used to connect individuals with recommended resources based on symptoms.  Individual identifiable data will not be used for research purposes.  The Risk Assessment team will not share data with any other person or agency unless directed by law, regulations or policies.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please check the Mason Coronavirus website. Questions about the COVID-19 Risk Assessment should be directed to covid19@gmu.edu. Please also consult the COVID-19 Risk Assessment FAQ document. Any questions regarding medical care should be directed to your healthcare provider.

Please use any and all resources George Mason is providing to help keep yourself and your community safe.

Thank you,

Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD, MS

Dean, College of Health and Human Services


David Wu, PhD