Preventing the spread of illness

Your health and the health of our community is our primary concern. Employees should follow the university sick leave policy and notify your manager if you are sick. Students who are feeling ill are asked to call the health center or health services,

Anyone who has illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels and/or contacts—is asked to refrain from going to any communal area where they could spread illness to others. A person should have a normal temperature for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before resuming a regular schedule.

It is especially important we all take seriously the advice of public health experts for maximizing our own health and the health of others:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Get this season’s flu shot if you haven’t already

If you are concerned that you may have contracted COVID-19, call your health care provider and they will help you to determine whether self-isolation or self-quarantine is needed.

Employees who do not have a health care provider or cannot obtain an appointment promptly, contact Occupational Health by phone: 410-955-6211 (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) during office hours or 410-955-5000 and ask for the Occupational Health Nurse on-call after hours.

Occupational Health will conduct a screening by phone and provide guidance on whether self-isolation or self-quarantine (or a visit to a medical provider) is needed and help determine if others may have been exposed in the workplace.

Students should call the health center or health services. More information for students »

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.

The Hub has published a social distancing overview that explores how the practice can “flatten the curve” and help prevent surges in illness that have the potential to overwhelm health care systems and lead to increased loss of life.


If you are told to self-quarantine, even if you are not symptomatic, stay home.

If your health care provider instructs you to self-quarantine, notify your manager and Occupational Health by phone (410-955-3250 during office hours, or 410-283-3855 after hours). Occupational Health will help determine if others may have been exposed in the workplace.

Sick leave

We will ensure that all employees are able to stay at home during the required 14-day period of self-isolation or quarantine.

  • If you have been directed by Occupational Health, a health care provider, or a state/local public health official to self-isolate or self-quarantine—due to your COVID-19 diagnosis, your symptoms, or your exposure to a known COVID-19 case—you should stay home. You will be provided leave for the mandated self-isolation/self-quarantine period up to 14 calendar days. This means that you will be given up to 10 business days of COVID-19 leave and the time will not be charged to you.
  • If you are not symptomatic during the period of self-isolation or self-quarantine and telework is feasible, you may coordinate with your supervisor to telework during that period.

Use of masks

The university is not providing masks and is not encouraging people to wear them. A mask is not required or recommended, as there is no evidence to suggest that they protect healthy people. This aligns with current CDC and WHO guidance. Students, staff, and faculty may obtain and wear masks if they choose.

Information for students

Last update March 18, 12:20 p.m.

University Health Services and the Student Health and Wellness Center are only ordering COVID-19 tests for those who meet the criteria set by Johns Hopkins Infection Control. These criteria continue to be updated on a regular basis as the pandemic progresses. We will use the most current criteria for testing when you are assessed over the phone.

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. Given the demand for tests, it is taking an average of two to five days to get results.

If you are feeling ill—especially if the below criteria pertain to you—you are asked to call the health center or health services, rather than come in, so that initial guidance can be provided by phone:

  • Symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Travel from an area identified as high-risk for COVID-19
  • Close contact with any person known to have COVID-19

Homewood Student Health Center

Students (full- or part-time) affiliated with the following schools should contact the Homewood Student Health and Wellness Center at 410-516-8270 (online scheduling has been temporarily disabled):

  • Carey Business School
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (including Advanced Academic Programs)
  • Peabody Institute
  • School of Advanced International Studies
  • School of Education
  • Whiting School of Engineering (including Engineering for Professionals)

The Student Health and Wellness Center is currently operating on a spring break schedule (hours subject to change):

  • Monday and Friday, 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 1–4:45 p.m.
  • No Saturday clinic

When the clinic is closed you will be connected with our nurse advice line for medical concerns.

For non-urgent and routine matters, you are encouraged to reschedule for a later date or a telemedicine visit. If an in-person visit is medically necessary, please avoid bringing family and friends.

University Health Services

Students (full- or part-time) 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. University Health Services remains open to Hopkins students, post-doctoral fellows, house staff, and trainees.

  • Please call UHS and do not visit the clinic. UHS nurses screen all patients for COVID-19 before making an appointment or having you stop in.
  • In most cases, for the safety of patients and staff, rather than have you visit the clinic in person, we plan to utilize telemedicine or phone visits as much as possible.
  • For in-person visits, you may notice that fewer staff in the office, and that visits may be spaced out. You may also notice rearranged waiting and staffing areas that promote social distancing.
  • When you call the clinic, since many staffers may be working from home, you maybe be asked to leave a voicemail message. UHS staffers will be checking these messages and getting back to you promptly to assist with your concern.



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