Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

The university has protocols and procedures in place for students 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.

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

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 10 days in isolation housing on campus
  • If a student has a household contact who tests positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for five days in quarantine housing on campus
  • If a student has no symptoms, but had a meaningful exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is recommended

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 10 days in isolation housing on campus
  • If a student has a household contact OR meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 10 days in quarantine housing on campus

Undergraduates living off campus

Vaccinated

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 10 days in isolation housing on campus (if space permits)
  • If a student has a household contact who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for five days in a private residence
  • If a student has no symptoms, but had a meaningful exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is recommended

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 10 days in isolation housing on campus (if space permits)
  • If a student has a household contact OR meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 10 days in a private residence

Graduate students living off campus

Vaccinated

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 10 days in a private residence
  • If a student has a household contact who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for five days in a private residence
  • If a student has meaningful exposure to someone without symptoms who tests positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 10 days in a private residence
  • If a student has a household contact OR meaningful exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 10 days in a private residence
  • If a student has no symptoms, but had a meaningful exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but asymptomatic testing is recommended

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?

You will be contacted by a clinical staff member from the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC) who works in conjunction with either the Homewood Student Health & Wellness Center or University Health Services at the medical campus.  The clinical staff member will assess your condition and provide information about your isolation.

You will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from symptom onset or positive test result regardless of your vaccination status. All undergraduate residential students will be required to isolate in campus-provided isolation housing; your COVID case manager will help arrange transportation to this location. Undergraduate students living off-campus who are residing with others will also be required to isolate in campus-provided isolation housing if space permits.

The JHCCC clinical staff will communicate with you regularly throughout your isolation and arrange for telemedicine or in-person medical care as needed. They will also determine when you can end your isolation and return to campus.

Student Affairs representatives are told that you are restricted from campus and can provide assistance with communicating with faculty or staff related to other non-medical needs.

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

If a student tests positive, they will be asked to isolate and the JHCCC will initiate the contact tracing process. A number of parameters are considered when determining who may have had a meaningful exposure to the COVID-19-positive affiliate.

Affiliates who are considered to be at risk with meaningful exposure will be notified. They will be asked to self-quarantine for a period of time determined based on the date of the potential contact and exposure, and their vaccination status. The identity of the COVID-19-positive person may not be revealed.

The university will continue to provide a substantial number of quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students as well as isolation accommodations for undergraduate students living off-campus who are deemed in need by our health and wellness team providing there is capacity. Students who receive a negative test after being informed that they have been exposed to COVID-19 will still have to quarantine, since it is possible to get a false positive from a test.

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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.

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

Investigation, Contact Analysis, and Notification (ICAN), a part of the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC), will reach out to all household contacts of positive individuals.

If you are a residential student and are vaccinated, you will be required to move to university-sponsored quarantine housing for a minimum of five days from last contact. You will be unable to leave your quarantine housing or attend classes during this time. You will be required to have a negative COVID test prior to ending quarantine. A member of the SHWC will come to your quarantine housing to test you the day before your anticipated release.

If you are an off-campus student and vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine for five days from your last contact. You will be unable to leave your residence or attend classes or social events during this time. You should go to any asymptomatic testing site prior to the end of your quarantine to test out of quarantine. Undergraduate students living off-campus will be offered quarantine accommodations if space permits; graduate students should quarantine in their own residence.

 

If you have received an exception from COVID vaccination or have not yet completed your FDA-approved COVID vaccination, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from your last contact, either in university-sponsored quarantine housing or in your private residence as discussed above.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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