COVID-19 Updates

The University has released a number of email communications in the recent past regarding COVID-19. Summary of these communications is below.

1.     SARS-CoV-2 infection rates are climbing sharply across the country and in Maryland. It is more important than ever that you follow safety guidelines to protect yourself and others both on-campus and off-campus. These include social distancing, proper masking and use of PPE, and good hand hygiene. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 833-546-7546 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.  


If you observe someone who fails to comply with campus safety guidelines, please report this to SPEAK2US, online or at 1-844-SPEAK2US. 


2.     For your safety and the safety of others, holiday travel is strongly discouraged. If you choose to travel, please reference COVID-19 related travel requirements at your destination as well as here in Maryland. You may be required to quarantine or take a test upon arrival at your destination or return to Maryland.  

3.     All School of Medicine students must receive a flu vaccine by November 20th. Students who have not received the flu vaccine may have their access to campus restricted in the absence of an approved qualified exception. Information on requesting an exception may be found here. 

4.     Currently, the JHCCC offers SARS-CoV-2 testing for students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. With the expansion of testing capacity, SOM students will have access to asymptomatic testing in late December/early January. Until that time if you are not experiencing symptoms and want to receive a test for yourself or your family member, information on MD testing sites may be found here. The Baltimore Convention Center location is one testing site and will have extended hours to accommodate testing the week before and after Thanksgiving.  


5.     Should the School of Medicine decide to resume in-person classes, students and faculty directly engaged in in-person classes whether as a student or teaching assistant will have to participate in mandatory weekly surveillance COVID-19 testing. 


6.     If you are interested in following the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in our community, the University has developed a COVID-19 dashboard to track cases across the University.  


Finally, updated details about JHU guidelines for research and instruction may be found here.