December 15, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
We are pleased to announce that the university today launched an upgraded dashboard to provide much more detail on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic within our community. In addition to the previously published information on the number of tests administered, the number of people tested, and the number of positive cases, we will provide breakdowns of positive cases by division, statistics on trends in the Baltimore area and the state of Maryland, and information about the university’s available capacity for isolation and quarantine. Information will be broken down based on whether those tested exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, and it will be updated daily rather than weekly.
These data reflect all tests conducted in Johns Hopkins facilities, including asymptomatic testing for the small number of undergraduates in residential housing this semester and for those who have participated in a surveillance study this fall, as well as testing for those who reported COVID-19 symptoms. Employees or students tested outside the Johns Hopkins network may not be reflected in the data.
This expanded set of data includes many of the metrics university officials are watching as we determine our plans for campus activity and develop safeguards like our expanded testing program for asymptomatic affiliates. We hope it will also help you make informed decisions about your own activities in the weeks and months ahead.
As you can see from the data, cases within the Johns Hopkins community have risen alongside those in the city and state. We have not detected transmission within the university’s clinical or laboratory facilities, but we all nonetheless must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Please continue to wear masks, maintain physical distance, avoid gatherings, wash hands frequently, and monitor yourself for symptoms.
Stay safe and be well,
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Professor and Senior Adviser to the President for Strategic Initiatives
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer