More effective masks are needed to protect against the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, says Johns Hopkins expert Chris Beyrer, who also discusses proper mask care and when its time to throw your mask away
Johns Hopkins has guidelines in place designed to allow us to conduct activities with the health and safety of our community at the forefront of our thinking.
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Note to JHU affiliates
Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff who feel ill or are concerned about COVID-19 exposure should call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also self-schedule a COVID test through your Hopkins MyChart.
As of June 29
Johns Hopkins University is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan and is substantially back to normal. At this time:
- Precautionary interventions have been put in place in response to a significant increase in COVID cases among undergraduate students at the end of the spring semester. View related FAQ
- Masking is optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, athletic facilities, and non-classroom spaces. More information
- COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots are required for all affiliates working or studying in the U.S., with the exception of those affiliated with the School of Medicine. More information
- Twice-weekly COVID testing is required for all unvaccinated affiliates with an approved exception; there is no mandatory testing for fully vaccinated and boosted affiliates, but voluntary asymptomatic testing on demand remains available. More information
- If you test positive through JHU testing, you will be contacted with next steps. Students who test positive at home should complete this online form; employees who test positive at home should call the JHCCC at 443-287-8500 or complete this online form.
- Food service is permitted at all events, both indoor and outdoor, with the exception of large student events. More information
- Travel restrictions have been lifted, but affiliates are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection during travel. More information
Recently updated FAQs
What is being done in response to the recent increase in cases among students?
We have taken several steps recently, including increasing mandatory testing to twice a week for undergraduates, reinstating masking requirements in heavily used indoor spaces and large indoor events, and requiring that food at large student events be serve outdoors or in a grab and go format.
Is it safe for undergrads to take in-person finals when case counts are so high?
Though case counts have increased recently, we have not seen any evidence of COVID transmission in instructional spaces since the beginning of the pandemic and we have confidence in the safety of in-person finals. Additionally, masking—which is highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID—is required for all in-person finals, all of our instructional spaces have upgraded ventilation and filtration, and twice-weekly mandatory testing enables us to detect cases and place COVID-positive students in isolation sooner.
Your Input is Crucial
In addition to formal working groups, we have created multiple avenues for community input, including a student advisory committee and a series of virtual town halls and forums. Comments and suggestions about the resumption of on-campus activities can be shared at any time.