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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Testing and Care

Johns Hopkins Medicine is continuously monitoring information about the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes. We are adapting our care practices to reflect the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and other evidence-based best practices.

 
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COVID-19 Testing and Care

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Call 911 if you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms. Call your provider or pediatrician if you or your child feel sick and do NOT have life-threatening symptoms. Do NOT go to a health care facility for evaluation before calling. Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or headache?
  • Have you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus? (Close contact means having been within 6 feet of that person for an extended time, or being exposed to their cough or sneeze.)
  • Have you been notified by a public health official that you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19?

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

You will need a referral to go to a Johns Hopkins testing facility.

Patients with a doctor’s referral: If you think you may have COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider. If your physician refers you for testing, your physician will contact our testing team to initiate your appointment. The testing team will then follow up with you directly to provide directions to the designated testing facility as well as other important instructions, including how to reach the testing site when you arrive at the hospital as well as items you will need to bring.

Maryland and Washington D.C. residents without a doctor: If you do not have a primary care physician, or if you are a referring physician outside of the Johns Hopkins Health System, you may call 443-997-9537 to find out about coronavirus testing referrals. You will be asked questions to screen for COVID-19. You may be referred to a Johns Hopkins Medicine location for testing, if appropriate. If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not require hospitalization, we have a team of doctors who can manage your care remotely, so you can recover at home.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Testing requires an appointment. Please do not come to the hospital or testing facility without the appointment. To receive testing at a Johns Hopkins facility community collection site, your doctor will need to placed an order for COVID-19 testing. Within 24 hours, you will receive a call from a coordinator, who will schedule an appointment for you. We would like you to come to a Johns Hopkins facility community-collection site (do NOT go to the Emergency Department) for this nonemergency testing.

For the safety of others, if possible, please come alone. If others come with you, they should remain in the car while you are at the hospital. Do NOT use public transportation or rideshare. Please bring a government-issued photo ID.

Johns Hopkins Facility Community Collection Sites

SiteAddressHours of Operation
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (view map)601 N. Broadway Street, Baltimore, MD 21287

Mon-Fri, 10:00-6:00

Sat-Sun, 10:00-4:00

Howard County General Hospital (view map)11065 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00
Suburban Hospital (view map)8600 Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814Mon-Fri, 8:30-3:00
Green Spring Station (view map)10803 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093Mon-Fri, 8:00-2:00
Sibley Memorial Hospital (view map)5525 Loughboro Road, NW Washington, DC 20016

Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00

Sat, 8:00-1:00

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (view map)4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 2122Mon-Fri, 10:00-4:00

Are there COVID-19 patients at Johns Hopkins hospitals?

We understand that patients, visitors, staff members and even journalists want to know whether patients with COVID-19 are being treated at any of the individual hospitals that are members of the Johns Hopkins Health System. We are sharing information daily about the number of positive tests and COVID-19 patients at our hospitals.

Safety and privacy are always at the forefront of the care we provide, which means we will continue to protect the privacy of the people we are treating while also ensuring a safe environment for our visitors and employees.

Our clinicians have expertise in infectious diseases and the training and preparedness to safely care for patients with COVID-19. This is our procedure for patients with COVID-19:

  • All of our hospitals screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors and conduct tests for COVID-19 as necessary.
  • Our highly skilled staff members know how to care for a patient with COVID-19, and how to protect themselves and others.
  • Any patient with or under investigation for COVID-19 who is admitted to our hospitals is cared for with special isolation precautions by a dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other health care providers.
  • We are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all our patients, visitors and staff members.

 


Nurse Amy Penney sits at her desk, wearing a mask.Everyone must wear masks in our care facilities.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

What safety precautions are you taking to help make sure the environment is safe and clean for me?

Your health and well-being are our very highest priorities. At Johns Hopkins Medicine, our infection prevention specialists are leaders in providing guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and we take infection prevention very seriously in all of our clinics and operating rooms. In addition, we have carefully planned and taken extra precautions to help ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimize any risk to our patients and staff members.

Our medical staff works closely with our Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control to ensure the highest levels of safety are observed. We combine this knowledge with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.

 
 

We are implementing the following safety guidelines across our health system:

We are testing and screening.

  • Everyone is screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors as they enter our buildings. Anyone admitted as an inpatient in our hospitals receives a COVID-19 test.
  • All staff members and physicians are screened daily. They do not come to work if there is any sign of symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • We will immediately separate anyone in the facility who we believe may have COVID-19 before they come into contact with other patients, and then we will test for it.

We require universal masking and wear appropriate protective equipment.

  • All staff members and patients must wear masks in the facility (except children under age 3).
  • Our care teams treating COVID-19 patients wear personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are extremely focused on keeping our facilities clean.

  • Surfaces and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using products that are effective against a range of organisms, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 
  • We clean our waiting rooms frequently.
  • Our exam rooms and operating rooms are cleaned and disinfected frequently, including before and after each patient, according to the guidelines of our Johns Hopkins infection prevention experts, the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health.
  • Hand sanitizer is always available.
  • Our doctors, nurses and all medical staff members sanitize or wash their hands before and after interacting with patients.
JH staff taping floors to mark 6 feetOur waiting rooms reflect social distancing by marking 6-feet separations.

We are minimizing the number of people at the facility and practicing social distancing.

  • Some hospital entrances have been closed to limit traffic and make sure everyone gets screened.
  • We have a restricted visitor policy in our hospitals. No visitors are allowed, except for limited circumstances. We are not allowing visitors to accompany patients for elective surgeries or procedures.
  • We are following all social distancing guidelines for patients and staff members.
  • Our waiting room chairs are spaced 6 feet apart, and only a few patients will be allowed in the waiting rooms at a time.
  • The number of staff members in exam rooms and operating rooms is limited, and only those essential to your care are present. We maintain at least 6 feet between people except during medical care activities.
 
 

How is Johns Hopkins keeping its waiting rooms, exam rooms and equipment clean and allowing for social distancing?

We clean and disinfect our facilities and environmental surfaces frequently, and our exam and operating rooms after each patient. We follow the guidelines of our Johns Hopkins infection prevention experts and the CDC and Maryland Department of Health.

In our waiting rooms, we have placed tape 6 feet apart on the floor, indicating where you should stand to keep yourself distant from others. The chairs in our waiting rooms are separated to maintain proper social distancing, and there will be a limit to the number of patients allowed in the waiting room.

What is Johns Hopkins Medicine doing to make sure I do not come into contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Our pre-screening and COVID-19 testing measures are designed to identify anyone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 before their arrival at our surgery centers. If we believe a person in our surgery center may have COVID-19, we will separate them immediately before they come into contact with other patients, and then test them for COVID-19.

What kinds of protective equipment do doctors and nurses wear to protect themselves and others from COVID-19?

For medical staff who are treating patients with COVID-19 or those who may have COVID-19, there are a number of protective pieces of equipment that our care teams wear.

Respirators: Fit-tested N95 respirators, Dräger facepiece respirators, or powered air-purifying respirators provide a higher level of filtration and are important in medical situations where infectious droplets could become aerosolized. This primarily occurs in specific medical situations, such as when a patient has an infection that can be transmitted by the airborne route or when a patient is intubated or undergoes bronchoscopy.

Gowns and gloves are worn when caring for patients with certain types of infections. Our staff members wear gowns and gloves to protect themselves and to protect patients by preventing germs from being carried from one patient to another on staff members’ clothes and skin. Gowns and gloves are removed after each patient care activity and before caring for the next patient.

Surgical or procedural masks are worn when providing patient care if a respirator is not required for higher level of air filtration. These masks protect the health care team members’ mouths and noses from potential splashes or sprays, and they protect patients by serving as a barrier to contain the staff members’ respiratory droplets.

Face shields are worn by health care personnel when directly caring for COVID-19 patients. The face shield protects the staff members’ eyes, faces, and masks or respirators from any potential splashes, sprays and respiratory droplets.

In all areas of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s facilities, staff members, patients, and visitors wear cloth, surgical or procedural masks. Having everyone wear a mask provides protection against respiratory droplet spread.

How do I know I won’t get COVID-19 from the doctor’s office or at routine appointments and procedures?

All patients and visitors entering our treatment facilities — including offices for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and other routine appointment locations — are screened for COVID-19. This includes answering health questions. Everyone is provided a mask if they don’t already have one. (Children under 3 are offered a mask but are not required to wear one.) Masks are required by all staff members, patients and visitors.

How do I know I won’t get COVID-19 in the emergency department?

Depending on the urgency of the patient’s medical needs, everyone entering the emergency department is immediately screened for COVID-19.

Our emergency departments are able to isolate patients who may have COVID-19 or other infections from those with other emergent problems.

  • The emergency staff wears personal protective equipment and places patients who may have COVID-19 in specially designated private rooms to ensure infections are not spread from person to person.
  • Each patient room is fully cleaned and disinfected after each patient leaves.

How do I know I won’t get COVID if I need to stay in the hospital for treatment?

Johns Hopkins Medicine has expertise in infectious diseases, and the training and preparedness to safely care for patients with COVID-19. This is our procedure for patients with COVID-19:

  • All of our hospitals screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. Anyone admitted as an inpatient will receive a COVID-19 test.
  • Our highly skilled staff members know how to care for a patient with COVID-19, and how to protect themselves and others.
  • Any patient with or under investigation for COVID-19 who is admitted to our hospitals is cared for with special isolation precautions by a dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other health care providers.
  • Each patient room is fully cleaned and disinfected after each patient leaves.

How does Johns Hopkins make sure nurses, doctors and staff members aren’t sick?

All staff members at Johns Hopkins Medicine answer COVID-19 screening questions every day and attest that they do not have symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 infection.

Anyone who reports symptoms that began in the last 72 hours is instructed to leave work immediately and report those symptoms to Johns Hopkins Medicine Occupational Health Services so that they can be evaluated and tested for COVID-19 if needed. Employees are not allowed to work if they have symptoms and they must be cleared by Occupational Health Services before returning to work.


Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our patients and staff members is our highest priority. In order to help ensure we prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are not allowing any visitors into our care facilities, except in very limited circumstances.

Please review our hospital visitor restrictions and our ambulatory surgery center visitor restrictions carefully.

We are committed to returning to a more patient-centered visitor policy as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.


Translation Resources

Johns Hopkins Medicine offers professional interpreters to assist in any communication between Johns Hopkins staff members and patients whose preferred language is not English. Sign language interpreters are also available to patients for in-person and telemedicine video visits.

Learn how to request an interpreter for your telemedicine or in-person visit.

Several COVID-19 materials for patients have been translated. Review our COVID-19 translation resources.


All Patient Information

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