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.

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. 

Asymptomatic Testing for Undergrads

As of Aug. 27, the following testing rules apply: 

  • Once-weekly COVID testing is required for all vaccinated undergraduates. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to the Vaccine Management System.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated undergraduates.

Asymptomatic Testing for Graduate Students

As of Oct. 4, the following testing rules apply: 

  • Once-weekly COVID testing is required for all vaccinated graduate students (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy) who are in-person on a Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. This does not apply to postdoctoral fellows.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated graduate students (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy). This does not apply to postdoctoral fellows.

Asymptomatic Testing for Faculty, Staff, Trainees, and Postdocs

  • Vaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows are not required to test on a weekly basis in Fall 2021. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to the Vaccine Management System.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy).
  • Optional testing is available for all Johns Hopkins affiliates.

Testing operations

Testing is available at several JHU asymptomatic COVID testing sites. Affiliates must come to one of these locations 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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prodensity and who needs to use it?

Faculty, staff (including bargaining unit staff), and students who come to campus to work, study, or for any other reason are required to complete a daily health check on the Prodensity mobile app or website.

A short questionnaire asks specific questions to assess whether a user has COVID-19 symptoms and/or risk of exposure to COVID-19. Answers yield a campus pass, which, along with testing and vaccine compliance, can be used to grant or deny access to campus and other university resources, including Wi-Fi and J-Cards. The campus pass expires after 12 hours. You may not report to campus unless you have a green campus pass.

You may opt to receive Prodensity reminder emails through your myJH Profile. Affiliates identified as on-campus without a green pass may be automatically enrolled in reminder emails.

Last updated: June 25, 2021 9:50am

Why can’t I download the Prodensity app?

If you are an international affiliate, your app settings may need to be changed, because Prodensity is only available on the US-based app stores for Apple and Google. Apple users should follow the instructions at this link to create a US-based account.

Google users should following the instructions at this link.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:06pm

Daily Health Checks

Do I still need to complete daily health checks once I have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exception?

Yes. All students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity. If you are 100% remote or online, you should change your status to indicate you will not be coming on campus using Prodensity. For more information, read a Prodensity tutorial on how to ensure your status is up-to-date.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:50am

Why do vaccinated individuals need to continue to complete daily health checks when there is no mandated testing or tracking of infections for this population?

Our public health and medical experts have urged us to continue preventing individuals who may be symptomatic with COVID from coming to campus. In addition, Prodensity enables the university to monitor compliance for self-reported symptoms, vaccinations, and testing in one system that has both front-end (green pass) and back-end (reporting) capabilities.

Last updated: July 28, 2021 4:08pm

How do I complete my daily health check if I do not have a smart phone?

Go to https://prodensity.jh.edu/welcome and scroll down to the blue box labeled “Complete Health Check” in the “Take the COVID Health Check” section of the site, midway down the page.

Last updated: July 21, 2021 1:37pm

What do I need to do if I am working/studying remotely and do not intend to be on campus?

If you are a fully online student or an employee working on a 100% remote basis, or you do not plan to visit JHU campus or travel on behalf of JHU, go to Prodensity and set your status to “Off-campus” so that you no longer receive reminder emails. Other than resetting your campus status, no other action is required.

If you are not vaccinated, however, you are encouraged to consider vaccination and to upload your status to VMS should your situation change in the future.

Note: If your situation changes in the future and you do come to campusor participate in any off-site business, field studies, or residencies while you are affiliated with JHUyou need to submit vaccination documentation before participating.

Commencement information

Students participating in on-campus commencement ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

Family members and other non-affiliates attending commencement events fall under the JHU guest policy and are therefore not subject to the vaccination mandate, but they must adhered to all masking regulations at the time of the event. The registrars are working on a policy that separates out provision of diplomas from the graduation ceremony.

Last updated: Oct 13, 2021 4:03pm

Diagnostic Testing

Who is required to test?
  • Once-weekly testing is required for all vaccinated undergraduates.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated undergraduates.
  • Once-weekly testing is required for all vaccinated graduate students (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy) who are in-person on a Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. This does not include postdoctoral fellows.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy).
  • Optional testing is available for all Johns Hopkins affiliates.

Last updated: Oct 11, 2021 4:47pm

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

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. We have been carefully tracking new-onset positive cases in undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff since the beginning of the semester, and have seen that graduate student cases as a proportion of graduate students on-campus are at roughly double the rate of undergraduates. While these positive cases all resulted from off-campus interactions, JHU contact tracing suggests that they were primarily driven by interactions with other graduate students, as opposed to non-affiliates. This is not true for the periodic cases that emerge for faculty and staff.  As a consequence, in an attempt to enhance protections for everyone, we have added vaccinated graduate students to the mandatory testing guidelines.

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. Undergraduates, because they typically live in congregate settings, tend to be at higher risk of contracting COVID, and of spreading it to a larger number of people, making early detection of asymptomatic cases particularly important in this group. As such, testing is an additional measure of protection for our community. 

Last updated: Oct 11, 2021 4:34pm

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.

Testing can also be completed at designated Johns Hopkins Medicine locations.

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: Oct 1, 2021 3:07pm

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: Aug 26, 2021 9:20am

Which days of the week should I be tested?

You can pick any day of the week for once weekly testing, or 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: Aug 23, 2021 4:34pm

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

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

Vaccination+Testing Compliance

How is Prodensity used for compliance?

While Prodensity has integrated real-time compliance with symptom screening, vaccination, and testing mandates, compliance is monitored primarily through weekly reports sent to divisional response teams (composed of divisional HR managers and divisional business officers) and Student Affairs staff.

Real-time compliance using Prodensity passes should only be used in situations where routine screening can be accomplished by authorized JHU personnel—e.g., a security desk for accessing certain JHU facilities or at a check-in desk for certain on-campus events.

Unless authorized by University Administration, faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to make any demands to view the Prodensity passes of any JHU affiliates or restrict activities based upon this information. If you have a concern or complaint regarding noncompliance with university COVID-19 safety measures by a member of the Hopkins community, please make a confidential report via the online compliance form or by calling 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528).

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:43am

Who is responsible for overseeing student/trainee compliance with vaccination and testing requirements?

Student Affairs staff, who have been designated in each school to have access to the Vaccine Management System, are responsible for identifying students/trainees who are out of compliance with either uploading their vaccination documentation or receiving an exception and will follow-up with them individually.

They also receive regular reports on compliance with mandatory testing requirements and will follow up with those students/trainees who are not following the required testing frequency.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:21am

Can an instructor/mentor ask their students/trainees about their vaccination status or ask to see their Prodensity pass?

No. Instructors cannot ask about the vaccination status of their students/trainees, ask whether they plan to be vaccinated, or require a student/trainee to show their Prodensity pass. Asking about a student/trainee’s vaccination status may prompt disclosure of disability-related information or information regarding existing health conditions that are relevant to the vaccination.

Unlike when students receive a disability accommodation through the Office of Disability Services, any adjustments to the student’s/trainee’s academic activities due to vaccination status or testing noncompliance will be communicated to the student and instructor/mentor by the school’s Student/Academic Affairs office.

If a student receives accommodations through disability services, instructors/mentors should not assume they are related to a student’s vaccination status.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:40am

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. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that affiliates do not leave Wi-Fi enabled devices in office locations overnight. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:05pm