Screening + Testing

The Health & Safety workgroup of the JHU 2020 Planning task force shared the following draft report on June 11. Comments and questions can be shared at any time via the JHU 2020 Planning feedback form.


This document represents the draft guidelines for COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing during Johns Hopkins University’s return to campus, based on detailed recommendations and analysis from the 2020 Health and Testing workgroup, led by Jon Links, vice provost and chief risk and compliance officer, and Kevin Shollenberger, vice provost for student health and well-being. During the past month, this workgroups has engaged in intensive planning and received significant input from JHU medical and public health experts. The Johns Hopkins community is invited to share comments and questions.

Johns Hopkins University’s overall plan for resumption of on-campus activities is structured in three main phases, which conceptually parallel those in the state of Maryland’s plan, the Roadmap to Recovery. The guidance offered here is meant to integrate seamlessly with other university guidance, divisional planning efforts, and critical cross-cutting university functions to safely support a return to campus including: Facilities; Health, Safety and Environment (HSE); Academic Planning; Student Health; Occupational Health; Human Resources; Information Technology; Transportation; and Security.

The recommendations covered in this document do not address issues regarding quarantine and isolation of undergraduate students in residences owned and managed by the university during Phase 2A. Those will be detailed in future documents. This document should be read in conjunction with the Return to Campus Guide, which contains guidelines about such topics as maintaining an inclusive workplace, altered staffing and scheduling plans, significantly augmented cleaning protocols, required physical distancing, and universal face coverings.

Town hall on screening and testing

June 12, 2020

Members of the university’s planning workgroups shared the current thinking for COVID-19 screening, testing, and tracing to support the health of students, faculty, and staff during JHU’s Phase 1 of reopening.