Students, staff, faculty, and trainees are strongly encouraged to use Johns Hopkins resources when symptomatic or concerned about exposure to COVID-19. All affiliates are eligible to call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 833-546-7546. 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. The criteria for testing are updated on a regular basis, and the most current criteria will be used when there is an assessment over the phone. 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.

All affiliates who plan to come to campus are required to use the Prodensity app to monitor symptoms and demonstrate testing compliance, to wear face coverings at all times, and to avoid large gatherings.

Asymptomatic Testing for Undergrads

All undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to have a negative COVID-19 NAT test 72 hours prior to arrival in Baltimore, based on Maryland state guidance. Getting a test prior to arrival helps protect the safety of our community and the larger Baltimore community. If students test positive, they should not travel and should isolate for 10 days before returning to Baltimore. Financial assistance for undergraduates will be available for the cost of the test, based on the level of financial need. The university will continue to monitor both state and city guidance and make changes as needed.

All undergraduate students must also be tested for COVID-19 at move-in (for residential students) or within 24 hours of arrival in Baltimore (for off-campus students) at a JHU test center, and then quarantine until a negative test result is received. During this approximately 24-hour quarantine, residential students may leave their room to pick up food but are not allowed to walk around campus or gather with other students.

All undergraduate students living in the Baltimore area must have two negative COVID tests prior to attending in-person classes on Feb. 1. Twice weekly testing at one of the nine JHU asymptomatic COVID testing sites will continue throughout the semester (testing frequency may be increased, based on public health conditions). Test centers will be located at Shriver Hall and four other locations on the Homewood campus, plus additional sites at Peabody, Harbor East, D.C., and East Baltimore.

Undergraduates who test positive through the JHU testing program will be promptly alerted. In addition, the Student Health and Wellness Center, COVID-19 case managers, housing/residential life, and transportation will be alerted. Residential undergraduates are required to move to isolation housing until they are cleared to resume on-campus activities. Off-campus undergraduates who have tested 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.

To complement the asymptomatic testing program, JHU will also test wastewater from the dorms twice each week throughout the spring semester. This testing may help us identify the presence of coronavirus in dorm residents before individuals begin to test positive.

Asymptomatic Testing for Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Trainees, and Post-Docs

Faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and post-docs are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test at the start of the semester, but testing is available and recommended.

Testing will be required at least once weekly for faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and post-docs who are either participating in or directly supporting in-person, on-campus classes (with exceptions for clinically-based instruction) or regularly exposed to undergraduates. Schools, centers, and/or divisions may require more frequent testing for their populations. They may also require mandatory testing for other affiliates deemed to have a heightened risk of exposure to infection due to the nature of their activities and/or the environment in which they are operating. Testing frequency may be increased to two times per week, based on public health conditions.

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

If employees test positive, their supervisors will be notified that they are off duty. Employees must secure clearance to return to work from Occupational Health prior to returning to campus.

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. Students who test positive must secure clearance for return to class/campus from their respective Student Health Center prior to return.

Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification (ICAN)

JHU affiliates who test positive will be asked a series of questions about contact with other JH affiliates as part of our 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. Non-compliance information gleaned through contact investigations will not be shared with anyone for the purposes of discipline (e.g., student conduct).

Anyone who is identified as having been exposed will be directed to self-quarantine for a period determined by the date of the potential contact and exposure. 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.

Undergraduates who are in quarantine will be tested upon entry of quarantine and retested seven days after the date of exposure (or consistent with public health guidance). Graduate students, faculty, and staff who were exposed in the work setting/on-campus will be tested upon entry of quarantine, while remaining consistent with public health guidance . Regardless of whether they test negative, they will be required to complete the required quarantine period, based on the CDC’s latest guidance.

Testing Operations

The university has established nine campus locations where specimens can be collected for testing. Affiliates must come to one of these nine locations in order to provide their specimens for mandatory or voluntary testing. All of the specimen analyses will be conducted by a laboratory that is located within the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and all results will be posted to the hospital’s Epic medical record system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the university’s policy regarding asymptomatic COVID testing for undergraduate students?

It is strongly recommended that all undergraduate students have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior  to arrival in Baltimore, based on Maryland state guidance. All undergraduate students must also be tested for COVID-19 at a JHU test center upon arrival, then quarantine until a negative test result is received. During this approximately 24-hour quarantine, residential students may  leave their room to pick up food but are not allowed to walk about campus or gather with other  students. 

All undergraduate students living in the Baltimore area must have two negative COVID tests prior to attending in-person classes on Feb. 1. Twice weekly testing at one of the nine JHU asymptomatic COVID testing sites will continue throughout the semester. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website.

Undergraduates who test positive through the JHU testing program will be alerted promptly by the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center and in many cases will see the result in MyChart prior to being notified by the JHCCC. In addition, the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC), COVID case managers, housing/residential life, and transportation will be alerted. Residential undergraduates are  required to move to isolation housing until they are cleared to resume on-campus activities. Off- campus undergraduates who have tested positive will be offered isolation housing based on  need, as recommended by the SHWC, and will not be permitted to resume on-campus activities until they are cleared. 

Last updated: Jan 8, 2021 8:50am

What is the university’s policy regarding asymptomatic COVID testing for faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and post-docs?

Faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and post-docs are not required to show proof of a negative COVID test at the start of the semester, but testing is available and recommended. While schools, divisions, and/or centers may have additional testing requirements, testing will be required at least once per week across most JHU divisions. 

Non-residential graduate students who test positive will be offered isolation housing as recommended by SHWC or UHS on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the combination of need and availability. Affiliates are required to stay at home while they are sick or experiencing any COVID symptoms, unless otherwise directed by the JHCCC. 

Supervisors of employees who test positive will be notified that the employee is off duty. These employees must secure clearance for return to work from Occupational Health prior to returning to campus.   

If a student tests positive, the positive test result will be reported to the respective school’s student affairs representative in light of the public health risks and the University’s educational  interests warranting such action. Students who test positive must secure clearance for return to  class/campus from their respective Student Health Center prior to return. 

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 10:28pm

How will I know if I am required to participate in mandatory weekly COVID testing?

The Prodensity app Health tab summary screen will track whether you are required to test, the number of tests required per week, and includes links to MyChart to schedule testing.

Specific requirements for each JHU division are as follows:

The Carey Business School, SAIS, The Whiting School of Engineering, The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and University Administration

  • All undergraduates living in the Baltimore area, regardless of campus activity, are required to test twice weekly. 
  • All employees, faculty, and graduate students who are on campus weekly, more than 15 minutes each week, are required to test once weekly.  
  • Affiliates who are on-campus less frequently are required to test the weeks they are on campus.  
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Peabody Institute

  • All undergraduates and graduate students living in the Baltimore area, regardless of campus activity, are required to test twice weekly. 
  • All employees and faculty who are on campus weekly, more than 15 minutes each week, are required to test once weekly.  
  • Affiliates who are on-campus less frequently are required to test the weeks they are on campus.  
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Bloomberg School of Public Health  

  • All employees, faculty, and graduate students who are directly supporting in-person classes, are exposed to undergraduates, have direct contact with study participants (clinical trials), and use wet labs are required to test once weekly. 
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Schools of Medicine and Nursing  

  • There is no mandatory testing requirement for these divisions, however optional testing is available for these affiliates at designated JHU testing centers shown in the MyChart scheduling portal. 

Last updated: Jan 22, 2021 11:59am

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

There are nine asymptomatic testing sites available across JHU, including Harbor East and Washington, DC. Other than the site at Charles Commons, which only services undergraduate students, JHU affiliates can schedule testing appointments at each location. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website.

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:47pm

Will I be required to test every week if I’ve already had COVID or if I have a positive COVID test during the semester?

If you have previously obtained a positive PCR or NAAT test for COVID and it has been greater than 90 days since your diagnosis, you will be required to participate in mandatory weekly testing per your JHU divisional requirements. Antigen and antibody tests are not currently accepted in support of the 90-day testing exemption period.

Those who have tested positive for COVID will be exempt from weekly testing for 90 days from the initial date of diagnosis. You will not have the ability to schedule asymptomatic tests via MyChart until the 90-day exemption period had ended. Affiliates will be notified in the Prodensity app when the 90-day period is over, upon which time asymptomatic testing can resume. Affiliates should continue to complete the daily Prodensity health check and should call the JHCCC should any new COVID symptoms arise.

Students who are in their 90-day period do not need to quarantine upon arrival to campus.

If you obtained a positive COVID test outside of the JHU system and are still within the 90 day exemption period, please submit your test result to the appropriate JHU department: 

Last updated: Jan 12, 2021 8:57am

Will I be required to test every week if I have had the COVID vaccine?

Yes, you will still be required to test per your school’s specific testing requirements:

The Carey Business School, SAIS, The Whiting School of Engineering, The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and University Administration

  • All undergraduates living in the Baltimore area, regardless of campus activity, are required to test twice weekly. 
  • All employees, faculty, and graduate students who are on campus weekly, more than 15 minutes each week, are required to test once weekly.  
  • Affiliates who are on-campus less frequently are required to test the weeks they are on campus.  
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Peabody Institute

  • All undergraduates and graduate students living in the Baltimore area, regardless of campus activity, are required to test twice weekly. 
  • All employees and faculty who are on campus weekly, more than 15 minutes each week, are required to test once weekly.  
  • Affiliates who are on-campus less frequently are required to test the weeks they are on campus.  
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Bloomberg School of Public Health  

  • All employees, faculty, and graduate students who are directly supporting in-person classes, are exposed to undergraduates, have direct contact with study participants (clinical trials), and use wet labs are required to test once weekly. 
  • All other affiliates are exempt from mandatory testing. 

 

The Schools of Medicine and Nursing  

  • There is no mandatory testing requirement for these divisions, however optional testing is available for these affiliates at designated JHU testing centers shown in the MyChart scheduling portal. 

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:50pm

Will my COVID test results be shared with my supervisor or other university personnel?

Any JHU affiliate who chooses to test at one of the nine JHU asymptomatic testing sites or is part of the mandatory weekly testing program must consent for their test results to be shared with the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center. Those who refuse to consent will not be able to test at a JHU sponsored site and will not be permitted on campus. 

While supervisors, advisors and other JHU personnel will not be receiving specific test result information, the JHCCC will provide notification of employees, faculty members, or students placed on an isolation or quarantine protocol. 

The local COVID response teams within each JHU division may be conducting outreach to affiliates who test positive or are identified as meaningful contacts through the JHCCC contact-tracing program. 

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:52pm

What if I don’t want to be tested or simply forget to test?

Asymptomatic testing is a critical element in keeping our community members safe and preventing the spread of infection. Testing compliance for those affiliates who are required to test once or twice weekly will be closely monitored by JHU Human Resources, Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and Divisional Response Teams. The Prodensity app will send push notifications to remind you to get your weekly COVID test.

Repeated or serious noncompliance with current COVID-19 safety guidance may result in suspended facility access as well as corrective and/or disciplinary action, dependent on the severity and frequency of the infraction 

  • Students who fail to comply with return to campus requirements will be subject to the disciplinary procedures outlined in the Student Conduct Code and may be escalated to a formal allegation of student misconduct. 
  • Faculty members who fail to comply with return to campus requirements will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of their respective division, will involve their Chair and/or Vice Dean for Faculty, and may be escalated to a formal allegation of Professional Misconduct. 
  • Employees who fail to comply with return to campus requirements will be subject to the disciplinary procedures as outlined in JHU’s Human Resource policies and procedures.    

Last updated: Jan 8, 2021 1:41pm

Do I need to test before coming to campus?

It is strongly recommended that undergraduates and all other JHU affiliates obtain a COVID test  72 hours prior to arriving on campus. Many JHU asymptomatic testing sites will be available for “pre-arrival” testing starting Jan. 11.

Undergraduate students will be required to obtain two negative tests, approximately two days apart, prior to the start of in-person class sessions on Feb. 1. For residential students living on-campus, the timing of these two tests will be determined by the student’s move-in schedule. 

All undergraduate students residing off-campus are strongly encouraged to begin twice weekly COVID testing at one of the JHU asymptomatic testing centers starting the week of Jan 18. Mandatory twice-weekly testing for off-campus undergraduates will remain in effect the remainder of the semester.

Residential students living on-campus must quarantine in their assigned housing until they receive their first negative test result. 

You can also find testing sites available near you via the state-by-state index of community-based testing sites. 

Last updated: Jan 9, 2021 8:22pm

Will I be required to test on specific days of the week?

No. As long as you meet your required testing frequency between Monday and Saturday, either once or twice weekly, you can test any two days that are the most convenient. For example, an affiliate can test on Monday and Wednesday one week, followed by Tuesday and Thursday the following week and still be compliant with JHU testing policy. 

There must be at least one day between tests in a given week; testing on two consecutive days does not satisfy the requirement. 

Last updated: Jan 11, 2021 1:45pm

How do I schedule COVID testing appointments?

We have set up the Johns Hopkins Medicine Epic medical record system to support test scheduling, processing and results reporting. Epic’s patient portal for these functions is called MyChart and it is fully functional on desktop, laptop and mobile devices.  You must have an active MyChart account to schedule COVID-19 asymptomatic tests and to retrieve your test results. A link to the MyChart login page is available on the Prodensity Health tab.

JHU affiliates who do not currently have an active MyChart account will receive an automated system email on Jan. 6 with instructions on how to establish an account. In order to schedule an appointment, log into your MyChart account and click on the appointment scheduling action item. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your MyChart account, refer to the MyChart scheduling tip sheet or contact the Epic Helpdesk at 888-676-3433.

Last updated: Jan 8, 2021 1:41pm

Why can’t I download the Prodensity app?

If you are an international affiliate, your app settings may need to be changed.

For instructions on how to change your location in the App Store settings, please refer to this guide: Change your Apple ID country or region – Apple Support.

Last updated: Jan 18, 2021 9:03pm

What type of testing is employed at the JHU asymptomatic testing sites?

All nine JHU asymptomatic testing sites employ “passive drool” saliva-based testing. These are PCR tests processed onsite at the Johns Hopkins Hospital laboratory located in East Baltimore. Please consult this document for information on how to prepare for your saliva testing and capture a specimen.

 

Last updated: Jan 12, 2021 12:22pm

Is the university COVID testing program free for JHU affiliates?

Yes. The university is covering all testing costs, and your insurance will not be billed.

Last updated: Jan 17, 2021 10:02pm

If I travel, or take leave from campus duties, will I still be required to participate in weekly testing?

The Prodensity app will allow affiliates to designate dates for travel and/or approved leave. Affiliates will be exempt from mandatory testing during the designated period. All undergraduate students are required to register their travel plans in Prodensity.

All affiliates are required to quarantine until one negative test result is received after returning from travel and/or leave from campus.

Last updated: Jan 8, 2021 1:04pm

Am I permitted on campus for asymptomatic testing if I have not received my flu shot, or if my Prodensity pass is red because my flu shot documentation is not yet in the system?

Yes. JHU affiliates who are part of the mandatory testing program are still required to present for testing if they have not received the flu vaccine and/or if there is a delay in flu vaccine documentation registered in the system.

Affiliates must display the “status page” of the Prodensity app for testing site personnel. The status page will show “missing flu shot” as the reason for a red Prodensity pass, and the JHU affiliate will be permitted to test.

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 10:06pm

I am planning to live off-campus, and I will be arriving in Baltimore later than the suggested return date of Jan. 28 and therefore cannot get their two properly spaced JHU COVID tests in time for the start of in-person classes on Feb. 1. What should I do?

Travel to Baltimore as best you can, ideally after getting a negative COVID-19 NAT test 72 hours prior to your arrival in Baltimore.  Schedule a test at a JHU testing center within 24 hours of your arrival. 

During your first 24 hours in Baltimore, please quarantine at your home. It’s OK to briefly leave your home to pick up food and other essentials if you can’t have them delivered, but do not walk around campus (or any public space) or gather with other people. 

Once you’ve had two negative tests from JHU test centers, you will be cleared to visit campus. 

If you have on-campus classes that occur before the date when you’re cleared, contact your professor and ask for their advice on how to best navigate the delay. Most classes will also have a virtual option 

Last updated: Jan 8, 2021 8:53am

Can a student submit non-JHU COVID tests in order to get cleared to come to campus? Can I get a test in my hometown right before I leave and have it count toward the two negative tests I’ll need to access campus?

No. For organizational tracking purposes, only JHU test centers can certify that a student is cleared to return to campus. 

It is, however, strongly recommended that all undergraduate students have a negative COVID-19 NAT test 72 hours prior to arrival in Baltimore, based on Maryland state guidance. 

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 10:10pm

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

As it relates to Johns Hopkins, no, but you are encouraged to follow basic safety precautions and local guidance.

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 10:13pm

If I plan to live in Baltimore but have no plans to ever go to campus, do I need to participate in JHU twice-weekly testing?

All undergrads living in Baltimore are required to have a COVID-19 test twice per week throughout the semester. Testing frequency may be increased, based on public health conditions.

Last updated: Jan 4, 2021 10:14pm

I’m concerned that I will be falsely reported for being out of compliance with the Prodensity daily health check if the JHU network detects I’ve connected to Wi-Fi when I am close to campus but not on campus. What is being done to address this?

JHU affiliates will only be identified as “on campus” if their Wi-Fi is detected for over an hour at two different on-campus access points. This will significantly reduce false compliance alerts for affiliates who were close to, but not on campus.  Additionally, it is strongly recommended that affiliates do not leave Wi-Fi enabled devices in office locations overnight.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2021 9:08am

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