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.
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 Requirements
- Routine asymptomatic testing is no longer required for any population, including those with exceptions to the university’s vaccine mandate. We may reinstate testing requirements for particular groups if necessary to address outbreaks during the semester. Voluntary PCR-based saliva testing will continue through the fall semester at several locations, and free rapid test kits will continue to be available to all affiliates.
- Undergraduate residential students should self-test no more than 72 hours before arriving on campus/in Baltimore. While we are not asking for verification, students who test positive should notify Student Health using this form and remain off campus and isolate for a minimum of five days. They will be advised to test again after five days and should not return until they have a negative test and are asymptomatic or have resolving symptoms and are cleared by Student Health staff.
- School of Medicine affiliates follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies.
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.
- 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
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?
Routine asymptomatic testing is no longer required for anyone, including those with exceptions to the university’s vaccine mandate; voluntary PCR-based saliva testing remains available.
Last updated: Aug 4, 2022 10:54am
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
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