Officials to consult environmental experts amid mold reports in Townhouse Row

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Multiple residents have sought medical attention for respiratory issues, like coughing up blood and fevers, in the past week amid reports of mold exposure.

Officials confirmed that the Division of Safety and Facilities observed high humidity and what appeared to be mold in two Townhouse Row units in an email to the University community Friday.

Vice President for Safety and Facilities Scott Burnotes, Assistant Vice President for University Resilience Kathleen Fox and Associate Vice President for Facilities, Planning and Construction Management Baxter Goodly said GW is consulting outside experts, like industrial hygienists and remediation specialists, to conduct a “deeper” investigation of the environmental concerns in Townhouse Row. Officials said facilities staff will inspect every residential building with “nationally accredited” mold assessors to confirm and address any other issues.

“We want to emphasize that the health and safety of our community is our top priority,” the email states.

Officials instructed 175 Townhouse Row residents to evacuate their units Sunday night, relocating them to the Yours Truly Hotel and the River Inn for at least two to three weeks, according to an email sent to residents. Residents received a three-hour block Tuesday to finish moving out, according to an email sent to residents Monday.

Multiple residents have sought medical attention for respiratory issues, like coughing up blood and fevers, in the last week amid reports of mold exposure. Some residents said they were experiencing flu-like symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19.

Several residents who were originally moved to the River Inn on Sunday were relocated to Hotel Hive Tuesday. The move occurred after students alerted officials that some were sleeping on couches or futons in the River Inn’s rooms because there was no second bed, according to an email sent to Townhouse Row residents.

Officials said if students have immediate concerns about their residential space, they should submit a FixIt request to have facilities assess the space and remedy it if necessary.

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