Cover your face
Always wear a mask on campus
Jan. 24, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Earlier today you received an email from the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) regarding the evolving situation around the emergence of a new coronavirus centered in Wuhan, China (2019-nCoV). We are writing to highlight information especially pertinent to our students and those of you who interact with students. There have been no cases of 2019-nCoV at Johns Hopkins University. More cases worldwide are likely to be identified in the coming days, and that may include more cases in the United States,
At this point, according to information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk of exposure to 2019-nCoV is very low. We have plans in place to promote your health and well-being and to reduce individual risk of exposure to 2019-nCoV to the extent possible.
If you have been in China in the last 14 days and have symptoms of illness, such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, our health care services will assist you. You should limit contact with others until we can determine the best way to evaluate and treat you safely. Do not go in person to the Student Health and Wellness Center or University Health Services for assessment. Instead, call our providers for an initial phone screening.
Students primarily affiliated with the following schools should contact the Homewood Health Center at 410-516-5709:
Students affiliated with the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health should contact University Health Services at 410-955-3250. After hours, you may enter a callback number at 410-283-3855.
Employees (faculty and staff) should contact Occupational Health Services:
Callers to the Homewood center may have to leave a voicemail with a name and callback information, and individuals reaching UHS may have to call back if their call is not answered promptly.
The university is taking steps to proactively contact and screen individuals who have been to Wuhan recently. Again, there have been no cases of 2019-nCoV at Johns Hopkins University. In order to manage the volume of calls, we encourage you to seek screening at this time only if you have symptoms and have been to China in the past 14 days. If an individual does show symptoms of the coronavirus, the university will follow a protocol to assist them and notify any other students who are known to have had contact with them.
If you have general questions about this issue that are not related to your personal symptoms, you can email CEPAR@jhmi.edu.
University classes and activities will continue to take place as scheduled. Because this is already the season for flu and other viruses, we ask all students, faculty, and staff who have illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels—to refrain from going to classes, labs, dining halls, offices, and other places where they could spread illness among others. To limit contagion, it is recommended that a person should have a normal temperature for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before resuming a regular schedule.
The university is asking faculty to be flexible in allowing students to make these decisions without necessarily visiting a medical practitioner for documentation of their illness. Staff should follow the normal procedures for sick time away from work; please notify your supervisor and follow the university’s sick leave policy.
Other advice to avoid the spread of viruses includes:
Thank you for your attention to these important health issues. We will continue to keep you updated as needed.
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being
Vice President for Human Resources
Help us protect each other
Always wear a mask on campus
Wash or sanitize hands often and don't touch your face
Keep six feet between you and others
Self-isolate and call 833-546-7546 right away