Fact Check: NO Ebola Outbreak At George Washington University Hospital On January 4, 2023 -- Hospital In 'Normal Operations'

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: NO Ebola Outbreak At George Washington University Hospital On January 4, 2023 -- Hospital In 'Normal Operations' Fully Open

Did George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. stop accepting new patients on January 4, 2023, due to a "possible EBOLA OUTBREAK"? No, that's not true: An official statement from the hospital, provided to Lead Stories on January 5, 2023, said that the facility, known as GW Hospital, has "no Ebola patients, [and] is fully open to serve the community." Calling the Ebola allegation "erroneous," GW Hospital also posted a similar statement on its Twitter account.

The claim appeared in a post on Instagram published on January 4, 2023, under the title "BREAKING NEWS." It opened:

GW HOSPITAL isn't accepting no patients due to a possible EBOLA OUTBREAK. Also Washington Hospital Center has no bed space with a line out the door. Stay Tuned for more updates.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of the writing of this fact check:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thu Jan 5 15:36:55 2023 UTC)

In a January 5, 2023, email to Lead Stories, the hospital's marketing manager, Beth Couch, provided the statement below, "Regarding False Information on Twitter":

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(Source: The George Washington University Hospital)

The hospital also posted a response to the claim on its Twitter account on January 4, 2023. It says:

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(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thu Jan 5 16:23:09 2023 UTC)

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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