Students, staff, faculty, and trainees are strongly encouraged to use Johns Hopkins resources when symptomatic or concerned about exposure to COVID-19.

Affiliates can call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 443-287-8500. Callers will be asked a series of questions regarding their symptoms and possible exposure to others who have COVID-19. An appointment for a COVID-19 test will be arranged for affiliates who meet the criteria set by Johns Hopkins Infection Control. Individuals who test positive will be contacted by a health care worker to provide guidance regarding self-isolation, monitoring of symptoms, and general health advice. 

How to schedule a test

Appointments must be made prior to arriving at the testing site, although last-minute appointments are often available.

Testing appointments can be made through MyChart (also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. If you are having issues activating your MyChart, call 888-676-3433 or email Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

To schedule a COVID-19 test in MyChart:

  • Log into your MyChart account
  • Under “Menu” click “Schedule an Appointment”
  • Under “Tell us why you are coming in” select “JH Employee/Student COVID Testing (Asymptomatic OR Symptomatic)”
  • Answer the questions and follow the prompts to schedule the appropriate test and to find a testing location and appointment time. If no appointment slot is available, call the JHCCC.

Anyone needing to be tested may pick any day of the week for once weekly testing, or any two days for twice weekly testing, but the two days cannot be consecutive. For the purposes of testing, the new week begins on Monday morning. Prodensity compliance is determined by counting the number of tests taken between Monday and Sunday of the previous week. 

Note: Individuals who have had a confirmed COVID infection are excused from mandatory asymptomatic saliva-based PCR testing for a period of 90 days from the date of infection

How to share test results

You can share your vaccination or lab result information quickly, easily and securely, right from MyChart by:

  • Using the MyChart app or website to create a barcode that can be scanned by a participating organization.
  • Downloading a PDF document that includes your barcodes.
  • Exporting your information to another application, such as a health wallet app.

Asymptomatic Testing for Students

The following testing rules apply: 

  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all undergraduate students who are on campus
  • Once-weekly testing is required for all graduate students who are on campus
  • On May 23, mandatory asymptomatic testing will be suspended for on-campus students who have received vaccinations and boosters
  • Tests must be conducted at least 48 hours apart

Asymptomatic Testing for Faculty, Staff, Trainees, and Postdocs

  • Vaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows are not required to test, but voluntary asymptomatic testing on demand is available at several locations
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies).

Testing operations

Testing is available at several JHU asymptomatic COVID testing sites. The test is a PCR test based on a saliva specimen. All specimen analyses are conducted by an accredited laboratory that is located within the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and results are typically posted to My Chart within 24-48  hours. An email will alert you to check MyChart for your results when they are ready.  In rare cases results make take up to 72 hours to appear in MyChart, particularly if you test over the weekend. These results are suitable for travel; you can print out your test results by logging into MyChart from a computer, clicking on “Test Results,” and choosing the test that you want to print.

If students test positive, the results will be reported to the respective schools’ student affairs representatives in light of the public health risks and the university’s educational interests. You will be automatically notified that you are cleared and may return to campus on the sixth day after your positive test (your positive test is “day 1”) if you are free of symptoms. A negative test is not required to return to campus. If you continue to have any symptoms, you must remain off campus.

If employees test positive, their supervisors will be notified that they are off duty. You and your supervisor will be automatically notified that you are cleared for return to work and may return to campus on the sixth day after your positive test (your positive test is “day 1”) if you are free of symptoms. A negative test is not required to return to campus. If you continue to have any symptoms, you must remain off campus.

All affiliates are required to stay at home while they are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, unless otherwise directed by the JHCCC. 

Additionally:

  • Undergraduates who test positive through the JHU testing program will be promptly alerted, and the Student Health and Wellness Center, COVID-19 case managers, housing/residential life, and transportation will be alerted
  • Residential undergraduates who test positive are required to move to isolation housing until they are cleared to resume on-campus activities
  • Off-campus undergraduates who test positive will be offered isolation housing based on need, as recommended by the Student Health and Wellness Center, and will not be permitted to resume on-campus activities until they are cleared 
  • Non-residential graduate students who test positive will be offered isolation housing as recommended by Student Health and Wellness Center or University Health Services on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the combination of need and availability
  • If you test positive at a Johns Hopkins test site, someone will reach out to you to detail next steps
  • Students who test positive at home should complete this form and wait to be contacted by a nurse from the Student Health and Wellness Center
  • Employees who test positive at home should either call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500 or complete this form; a nurse will call you to detail next steps

Self-test kits available for faculty and staff

The university will provide free, rapid at-home COVID tests for faculty and staff. Each employee can pick up one free test kit (each of which contains two tests) from the following testing locations between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.:

  • Homewood campus: Shriver Hall
  • School of Nursing: Pinkard Building, first-floor lobby
  • School of Public Health, Monument Street entrance
  • School of Advanced International Studies: Nitze Building, first floor

Test kits will remain available at these locations Monday through Friday, as long as supplies last

Self-test kits available for students

Students who are traveling over Spring Break may pick up a rapid at-home COVID test kit from the Shriver Hall or Peabody asymptomatic test sites weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. up until Friday, March 18. Students must pick up their own test and bring a student ID; you cannot pick up a test for friends and/or roommates. 

Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification (ICAN)

JHU affiliates who test positive will be asked a series of questions about contact with other Johns Hopkins affiliates as part of the investigation and contact notification process, to help determine if others may have been exposed in the workplace/learning environment. Affiliates who may have had meaningful exposure to a COVID-19-positive affiliate will be notified, without being told the identity of the COVID-19-positive person. Anyone who is identified as having been exposed will be directed to get tested if they are vaccinated or to self-quarantine for a period of time if unvaccinated or a household contact. If you are not contacted by the JHCCC, that means that the JHCCC has determined that no meaningful contact with or exposure to a COVID-19-positive student or employee has taken place.

You will receive an email from ICAN (Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification), a part of the Johns Hopkins Covid Call Center, with instructions. Generally, if you are vaccinated and boosted, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is required at five days from exposure. If you are vaccinated but not boosted, you must quarantine for a minimum of five days in quarantine housing on campus and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine. If you are unvaccinated with an exception, you must quarantine for five days in quarantine housing on campus and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to test?
  • All undergraduate students on campus are currently required to test twice per week.
  • Through Commencement on May 22, the university requires once-weekly testing for all all graduate students (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies) who are in-person on a Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. This does not include postdoctoral fellows.
  • Beginning May 23, mandatory asymptomatic testing will be suspended for on-campus students who have received vaccinations and boosters.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies).
  • Voluntary asymptomatic testing on demand is available for all Johns Hopkins affiliates.

Last updated: May 10, 2022 10:33am

If I am required to be tested on a regular basis, what do I do? Am I automatically scheduled for an appointment or should I schedule one? Can I walk up?

You need to make an appointment prior to arriving at the testing site, although last-minute appointments are often available. The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website.  

You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. Appointments may be made through MyChart (which is also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). If you are having issues activating your MyChart, you can call 888-676-3433. 

 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 11:18am

What if I need to test twice a week but am only on campus once or twice a week?

If you come to campus at all, you are required to test twice each week. Even if you are only on site to work or for class once a week (or not at all some weeks), you will still need to be tested twice each week to remain in compliance. Graduate students should contact their departments for accommodations if coming to campus twice a week presents a hardship.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:11pm

Why are vaccinated students required to test?

Our primary focus is on the health and safety of our university community, and asymptomatic testing remains a powerful control measure towards maintaining the goal of zero on-campus transmission. Additionally, our testing policies are informed by the most successful practices that have emerged from our peer institutions and from emerging data about the pandemic. As such, testing is an additional measure of protection for our community.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:58pm

Where should I go for testing? Can I go to an off-campus pharmacy or do an at-home test?

For testing required by the university, you must come to one of several campus testing locations across JHU. All specimen analyses will be conducted by a laboratory that is located within the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and all results will be posted to MyChart. Off-campus tests at local pharmacies and at-home tests are not accepted.

JHU testing sites are also available at any time to all affiliates for elective, optional testing, but affiliates are also free to have elective testing done at locations not affiliated with the university.

 

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:12pm

How do I make a testing appointment?

Appointments can be made through MyChart (also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. If you are having issues activating your MyChart, call 888-676-3433 or email Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Also see: Testing locations and schedules

Last updated: April 6, 2022 5:03pm

Which days of the week should I be tested?

You can pick any two days for twice weekly testing, but you cannot be tested on consecutive days.

For the purposes of testing, the new week resets on Monday morning. Prodensity compliance is determined by counting the number of tests taken between Monday and Sunday of the previous week. 

Last updated: Jan 21, 2022 12:45pm

Where is testing available and what are the hours of operation?

The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website. 

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:00pm

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Undergraduates living on campus will be placed into isolation housing; undergraduates living off campus may be placed into isolation housing if capacity exists.

Because the COVID-19 omicron variant appears to develop and spread more quickly than previous variants, our existing manual system of contact tracing is less effective. Instead, we have adopted an automated system in which those who test positive will fill out a form listing their close contacts, and those close contacts will then be notified by email.

Students who test positive through routine testing will be notified and reported to their respective school’s student affairs representative as being “off-duty.” During this time, non-residential students are not permitted to be on-campus and should coordinate with instructors for either remote access or makeup of classwork. The student will be automatically notified that they are cleared and may return to campus on the sixth day if they are free of symptoms (a negative test is not required to return to campus). If a non-residential student continues to have symptoms, they must remain off campus. Residential students must stay in isolation housing or their room (as assigned by Residential Life).

Note: Individuals who have had a confirmed COVID infection are excused from mandatory asymptomatic saliva-based PCR testing for a period of 90 days from the date of infection

Last updated: Jan 28, 2022 4:49pm

If I test positive, will I be notified about what variant I have?

No. Most experts agree that it’s most important to know that you have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but there’s no real benefit on an individual level to know which specific variant you have. Tracing the emergence of new variants in the community may play a role in the design of public health measures, but it does not affect the management of individual cases.

Last updated: Dec 14, 2021 10:11am

If I plan to live outside of Baltimore, do I need to participate in any of the JHU testing protocols?

No.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:04pm

What if I’m traveling or gone for an extended period of time?

If you are away from any Johns Hopkins University/JHM campus for the entire week (from Monday at 12 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.), you do not need to be tested. However, if you are on campus at all during a given week—even if only once and very briefly—you will need to adhere to the testing requirement. Please plan accordingly.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:07am

Are students in off-site (travel) courses required to test weekly?

No, the testing mandate only applies to students taking classes at D.C. and Baltimore area campuses. Students participating in any off-site class, internship, field study, etc., must adhere to the vaccination mandate (or have an approved exception).

Last updated: Nov 16, 2021 9:54am