Quarantine + Isolation Procedures

The university has protocols and procedures in place for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. A substantial number of quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students as well as isolation accommodations for undergraduate students living off-campus are available.

In general …

  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days and must have no symptoms at five days in order to leave isolation; otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they are free of symptoms. (Note: Johns Hopkins Medicine follows different return to work protocols)
  • Those who are vaccinated and boosted who have had a close contact with someone who tested positive do not need to quarantine.
  • Those who are unvaccinated or vaccinated but not yet boosted and have had a close contact with someone who tested positive must quarantine for five days. 
  • Anyone with a close contact—whether vaccinated/boosted or quarantining—will need to test negative at five days.

Close contact is defined as 15 or more minutes of contact within 6-foot distance.

FROM THE HUB
Quarantined on campus

A team of staff and faculty from Student Affairs, Transportation, Student Health and Well-Being, and other units has been working to support students who test positive for COVID-19

Returning to work or class after COVID

Guidance for employees

  • Employees who test positive through the JHU testing process will be contacted by phone or email by the JHCCC
  • If you tested at home, fill out this JHCCC form to be sure the university knows that you are off-duty due to COVID
  • You are required to isolate for five days from the date of your positive test
  • Your supervisor will be contacted to note that you are off-duty
  • While you are off-duty, you are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with your supervisor to determine if you should take sick leave or can continue some activities remotely
  • 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 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
  • You must also continue to use the standard screening questions in Prodensity to affirm that you have no symptoms when you return to campus

Guidance for students

  • Students who test positive through the JHU testing process will be contacted by phone or email by the JHCCC or student health center.
  • If you test positive at home, email the Student Health and Wellness Center to be sure the university knows that you have tested positive and will not be required to test for 90 days
  • You are required to isolate for five days from the date of your positive test
  • Your school student affairs staff will be contacted to note that you are off-duty
  • During this time, you are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with your instructors for either remote access or makeup of classwork.
  • You will be automatically notified that you are cleared and may return to campus on the sixth day 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
  • You must also continue to use the standard screening questions in Prodensity to affirm that you have no symptoms when you return to campus

Student-specific procedures

We have substantially increased our inventory of isolation housing for the spring semester, and we have adjusted our protocols to ensure we are prioritizing its use to house those undergraduates whose living situations put them at most risk of spreading the virus to others. Undergraduates living in residence halls are our first priority because congregate living often makes isolation in place difficult.

Undergraduates living off campus are no longer required to isolate in university-provided housing; such housing cannot be guaranteed for off-campus students but may be made available if inventories allow and considering the student’s individual circumstances. Depending on conditions, students may be required to isolate in their rooms.

The information below details what is required of students who test positive or who are deemed to have had meaningful exposure with someone who tests positive. Meaningful exposure is defined as 15 or more minutes of contact within 6-foot distance. A household contact is a roommate, suitemate, housemate, or intimate partner. 

Additionally, any student who is symptomatic should call the Johns Hopkins Covid Call Center at 443-287-8500.

Undergraduates living on campus

Vaccinated + Boosted

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus
  • If a student has no symptoms, but has a  meaningful exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is required at 5 days from exposure

Vaccinated

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus
  • If a student has a meaningful exposure who tests positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days in quarantine housing on campus and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus
  • If a student has a meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days in quarantine housing on campus and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine

Undergraduates living off campus

Vaccinated + Boosted

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus (if space permits; otherwise, isolate in a private residence)
  • If a student has no symptoms, but has a meaningful exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is required at 5 days from exposure

Vaccinated

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus (if space permits; otherwise, isolate in a private residence)
  • If a student has meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days in a private residence and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine.

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in isolation housing on campus (if space permits; otherwise, isolate in a private residence)
  • If a student has meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days in a private residence and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine

Graduate students living off campus

Vaccinated + Boosted

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in a private residence
  • If a student has no symptoms, but had a meaningful to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is required at 5 days from exposure

Vaccinated

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days in a private residence
  • If a student has a meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days in a private residence and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine.

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum  of 5 days in a private residence
  • If a student has a meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days in a private residence and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine.

Note: Regarding minimum isolation timeframes, the exact number of days of isolation is based on severity of illness and determined by the Student Health & Wellness Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

I just received a positive COVID test result? What happens now?

JHU affiliates who test positive through the JHU testing process will be contacted by phone or email by the JHCCC or the Student Health Center. If you are an employee and tested at home, fill out this JHCCC form to be sure the university knows that you are off-duty due to COVID. If you are a student and tested at home, email the Student Health and Wellness Center to be sure the university knows that you have tested positive and will not be required to test for 90 days.

You are required to isolate for five days from the date of your positive test. Your supervisor or school student affairs staff will be contacted to note that you are off-duty/away from class. During this time, you are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with your supervisor/instructors to determine if you should take sick leave or can continue some activities remotely. You will be automatically notified when you are cleared, and may return to campus on the sixth day 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. You must also continue to use the standard screening questions in Prodensity to affirm that you have no symptoms when you return to campus.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 4:58pm

What happens if I have meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

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.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 5:00pm

What happens if a student tests positive and does not know the other students with whom they were in class?

Through its Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification (ICAN) process, the JHCCC will conduct a short interview with all students who test positive regarding their on-campus activity.  Any Johns Hopkins affiliates  (including peer students, instructors, and/or teaching assistants) identified by the infected student who came in close contact with that student (defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) will be notified through the ICAN process.  The ICAN/JHCCC team will do everything in its power to maintain the anonymity of the test-positive student.

At present we do not plan to do a broader notification of an entire class when a student is positive. We are relying on our indoor risk-mitigation measures that include our vaccination mandate, mandatory indoor masking, improvements in classroom air ventilation and filtration, daily symptom screening, capacity limits in classrooms, mandatory asymptomatic testing among all undergraduate students and unvaccinated affiliates, and the availability of voluntary testing to all students.

Our collective experience, and that of our peers, to date is that transmission is not occurring in instructional settings but instead occurring outside of class where students are unmasked and/or engaging in close contact for extended periods of time. We will continue to monitor for transmission in instructional settings at JHU and among our peers and stand ready to initiate a more aggressive approach with notification and implementation of additional measures.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 5:04pm

My roommate was just diagnosed with COVID. What do I do now?

You will receive an email from ICAN (Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification), a part of the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 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.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 5:01pm

What happens if a student can’t attend class because they are in isolation or quarantine?

Students are asked to connect directly with their faculty about this. Undergraduate students at Homewood and Peabody will be connected with a COVID case manager to help navigate this. Graduate students should communicate directly with their faculty, PI, and/or supervisors.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:55pm

What is the process when a student has to quarantine or isolate?

After a student has spoken to one or more members of the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center, an email will be sent to the student and Student Affairs administrators from each campus. Undergraduate students at Homewood and Peabody will be connected with a COVID case manager to walk them through the quarantine/isolation process.

  • Undergraduate residential students will be contacted by a COVID case manager to help facilitate their move to university quarantine/isolation housing at the Colonnade.
  • Undergraduate off-campus students may be asked to isolate in university housing based on density or other factors. Undergraduate off-campus students who are allowed to quarantine or isolate in their off-campus housing will also be connected with a COVID case manager.
  • Graduate students should connect directly with their faculty, PI, or supervisor.

Students in university quarantine or isolation housing will receive all meals free of charge, use of Wi-Fi, free laundry services, and access to an Amazon locker. Undergraduate or graduate off-campus students that are not using university housing will be asked to quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence. During this time, students will not be able to attend classes and should work directly with their faculty. All students are encouraged to take advantage of remote university services through their campus; this may include the Counseling Center, Academic Advising, or Faculty Advisors.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:56pm

Why are vaccinated students required to quarantine?

Vaccination does not completely prevent infection or transmission of COVID-19, so a person who is a close contact could become infected and transmit the virus to others. However, given the protection vaccination affords, the university has elected to limit quarantine duration for those who are vaccinated to five days, and only in cases where the close contact was a household contact or roommate (situations in which the possibility of infection is the greatest).

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:56pm

What is the difference between a household contact and a meaningful contact?

A household contact is a roommate, suitemate, housemate, or intimate partner. A community contact, or meaningful contact, is someone that the positive student has been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:57pm

Will parents or guardians be notified of a student’s COVID status?

In alignment with FERPA regulations, a student’s COVID status will not be shared with parents or guardians. If a student would like a member of the Student Health & Wellness Center to speak with their parents regarding their COVID status, they should complete a release of information request.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:57pm

How can students access food while in quarantine or isolation?

Students in university quarantine or isolation housing at the Colonnade or another university-managed facility will receive all of their meals free of charge. These meals will be delivered to the student’s door, so that students do not have to leave their room to pick up their food. For students living off-campus, they should speak with roommates, friends, or family to make sure someone can help them access food. Students can also have food delivered to their off-campus residence. If students are placed in additional university quarantine or isolation housing, meal options will be provided.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 5:06pm

What happens if a student doesn’t follow quarantine or isolation guidelines?

Students are asked to follow the quarantine or isolation guidelines to protect themselves and those around them. Students who are sick with COVID and those who have had exposure could continue to be contagious for a number of days after diagnosis. To reduce the spread of COVID, students are asked to not leave their home for the duration of their quarantine or isolation. If students are found to violate these guidelines they will be referred to Student Conduct for follow-up.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 4:58pm

What happens when a student is contacted by ICAN?

Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification (ICAN) is the contact tracing system for Johns Hopkins. When a student is diagnosed with COVID, they are contacted by a member of the ICAN team. The ICAN team will ask the student about household contacts and meaningful contacts. It’s important for students to be honest with the ICAN team; the information the ICAN team gathers is not shared with anyone else at the university. Students identified through the ICAN team as household contacts or meaningful contacts may be directed to quarantine in university quarantine housing or in their off-campus residence.

Last updated: Sep 15, 2021 5:01pm