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COVID-19 Information

Key resources, internal messages, and frequent updates for the Johns Hopkins University community

Johns Hopkins University is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations. This website is updated frequently, and we encourage you to check back regularly for new information.

What you need to know

Last updated June 1, 3:30 p.m.

► The status of university operations remains unchanged, even as Maryland takes steps to resume some activities. For the time being, only essential on-campus activities are permitted. More information »

► Maryland took the first steps of a gradual reopening process on May 15, with Gov. Larry Hogan lifting a statewide stay-at-home order that had been in place for six weeks and replacing it with a “safer at home” advisory that relaxes some restrictions. Some jurisdictions across the state have opted to reopen on a more limited basis, citing public health data and concerns. Additionally, Baltimore City has also canceled all large public events through at least Aug. 31.

JHU 2020 Planning

► Preparations are ongoing for the gradual resumption of in-person activities in a manner that puts the health and safety of the Hopkins community at the forefront. More information »

NEW A town hall discussion on Friday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. will focus on issues related to resuming academic activity. More information »

► On May 28, the university shared a draft of the JHU Return to Campus Guide, health and safety guidelines with detailed proposals for the new policies, procedures, and norms that will accompany a phased return to campus for faculty, staff, and students in the weeks and months ahead. More information »

► A virtual town hall on May 29 focused on preparing operational and safety protocols for activities in Phase 1, which largely involves a return to some on-campus research activities. Watch archived broadcasts of all JHU 2020 Planning events »


Remote/online programs have been extended through July 31, and all residential and in-person academic programs are canceled through July 31. Many of these programs will shift to online/remote delivery. More information on university operations »

University operations

► Details were shared with residential students on May 12 regarding a move-out process that adheres to public health guidance. Move out will occur between May 18 and June 19, by appointment, for anyone who wishes to return to campus to retrieve their belongings. More information on the move-out process »

► While the university remains open, telework is the first choice and priority for as many employees as possible. Employees should be on site only when performing essential tasks. More HR guidance »

► All on-campus research is restricted to essential activities only at this time; non-critical laboratory research activities remain suspended until further notice. More information »

► Access to all campus buildings is restricted—buildings are locked and require key card swipes for entry or will have a staffed on-site security station. More information »

► Nonessential university-sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended. More travel guidance »

Events and services

► All in-person university and third-party events, both on and off campus, are canceled through July 31, including tours, admissions events, athletics events, and alumni events.

► The university has created online resources with information and updates related to undergraduate student services and universitywide and school-specific resources relevant to graduate students.

► University and health system shuttles and buses are running on a modified schedule. More information on shuttles and buses »

Regional updates

NEW There have been 53,327 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 255,403 negative tests, and 2,431 related deaths in Maryland; there have been 8,801 confirmed cases and 466 deaths in Washington, D.C.

Health guidance and resources

Your health and the health of our community is our primary concern. If you feel ill, contact the Employee COVID-19 Call Center (employees, post-docs, house staff), or University Health Services or the Student Health and Wellness Center (students). More information »

To maximize your own health and the health of others, public health experts recommend:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Practice social and physical distancing

Coronavirus symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide variety of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Common symptoms include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include fever, chills (sometimes accompanied by repeated shaking), muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.

Social distancing

To slow the spread of COVID-19, public health experts encourage social distancing, a practice designed to keep sick individuals from coming in contact with healthy ones in order to limit opportunities for transmission. The CDC recommends avoiding large gatherings and crowds, and maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others. More on social distancing and its benefits »

Use of masks

Per the new CDC guidelines, all JHU affiliates should wear non-medical, cloth face coverings in public and at work as a way to slow the spread of the virus and help diminish the risk of transmission. This guidance is in addition to the recommended six feet of social distancing.

Additionally, per an executive order issued by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, masks or face coverings must be worn inside all Maryland stores and on public transportation as of Saturday, April 18.

Mask-making how-to videos: Use a bandana | Use a T-shirt

Due to limited supply at this time, medical masks will be prioritized for the health care setting. All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees are required to wear a surgical, procedural, or cloth face mask while working in any Johns Hopkins Medicine facility.

COVID-19 information for employees

Employees should follow the university sick leave policy and notify your manager if you are sick. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, call 911. If you begin having symptoms of COVID-19 or you are worried that you were exposed, call our Employee COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

COVID-19 testing for students

University Health Services and the Student Health and Wellness Center will only order tests for those who meet the criteria set by Johns Hopkins Infection Control. If it is determined, based on the criteria, to administer a COVID-19 test, it could take up to 24 hours to arrange for the test during the weekday. If your test is being ordered on a weekend, you will be contacted on the next business day to arrange testing. The turnaround time for test results averages one to two days.

More health info and resources

Additional information

International impacts at JHU

Updates on study abroad, operations at SAIS Nanjing and SAIS Europe, and the immigration implications of COVID-19

Mental health resources

Information for members of our who may need additional support amid the global coronavirus outbreak

Supporting an inclusive community

Learn more about the university’s discrimination and harassment policies and procedures