Johns Hopkins University will provide more than 3,300 COVID-19 test kits for distribution near Hopkins’ campuses and across Baltimore City, which will place a key public health tool in the hands of city residents at a time when COVID test kits may be difficult to find .
The test kits, which are part of a supply purchased by the university, will be distributed along with approximately 30,000 N95 and KN95 masks, rubbing alcohol, disinfectant wipes and toiletries provided by the university’s offices of government and social affairs and economic development. Staff at these offices work with JHU’s community partners to ensure that test kits and other pandemic supplies reach those who need them most. Each test kit package contains two tests.
“For many people, getting tested is still a real challenge. We hope that by making these resources available, we can help our neighbors cope with this pandemic.”
Vice President of Economic Development
“Testing remains one of the best ways we have to keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID,” he said. Alicia Wilson, Johns Hopkins’ Vice President of Economic Development. “But for many people, getting tested is still a real challenge. We hope that by making these resources available, we can help our neighbors get through this pandemic.”
The test kit’s distribution plan uses the same approach successfully tested with the East Baltimore Food Access Initiative in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in the spring of 2020. That effort resulted in the distribution of more than 2.24 million meals to the city’s residents over a 20-week period.
The model – where Hopkins works closely with trusted community partners, ensuring that resources go where the need is greatest – has since been extended to include the distribution of masks, rubbing alcohol and other PPEs directly to the community.
“As we prepare to launch this rapid COVID test distribution effort, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our community partners who joined us at the beginning of the pandemic to distribute food to our neighbors and again work with us for to provide rapid test kits to society, “Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels said. “Extended access to testing – along with ongoing vaccination efforts – is the key to curbing the spread of COVID for all.”
Four locations have been designated for the test set: MIX church, The door, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and GCA / Economic Development in the East. These groups will distribute test kits to community organizations and at event venues, including Food Access Partners, Homewood Partners, recipients of funding through the University’s Innovation Fund for Community Safety, Day on the market program, mobile clinics, the upcoming CIAA Basketball Tournament Fan Fest and Bayview Community Affairs. The GCA will hold weekly meetings with its Community partners for updates and to monitor and replenish test kits and PPE as needed.
In addition, Johns Hopkins will host a local COVID-19 booster clinic on Monday, February 28 from 7 p.m. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center at 3509 N. Charles St. in Charles Village. The clinic is open to all members of the community aged 12 and older as well as Johns Hopkins affiliates; Walk-in appointments are available, but affiliates are encouraged to plan ahead via MyChart.