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Johns Hopkins Connects Newsletter

September 6, 2021
40,019,578
United States Cases
504,061
Maryland Cases
56,575
Baltimore City Cases
795,149 JHM-cumulative COVID-19 Tests

Vaccine clinics at the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baltimore City serve predominantly low income, limited English proficiency and Latino communities in Baltimore City. Since Feb. 26, 52 clinics held at this location have administered first and/or second doses to more than 5,630 individuals.

Data as of 9/6/2021
Community

Annually the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Local Government and Community Affairs (LGCA) team supports dozens of community-based organizations and schools that sponsor back-to-school events for students and families. This year LGCA provided 2,600 backpacks and school supplies to more than 20 organizations including McElderry Park Community Association, The RICH Foundation, First Baptist Church, The MIX Church, Henderson Hopkins School, Barclay Elementary Middle School, and Roberta’s House.

The Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Local Government and Community Affairs team supported four large back-to-school events hosted by Operation Pulse, Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School, Baltimore Connect and the Residence Inn Marriott by providing COVID-19 vaccinations, back packs, school supplies, face masks and hand sanitizer. 

Nationwide Blood Shortage — Sign Up to Give
Hospitals across the country are experiencing a severe shortage in their blood supply. You can help by signing up to donate during an upcoming Johns Hopkins blood drive. Please be sure you know the name of your COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer, which is critical in determining blood donation eligibility.

Health Care

JHM Joins ‘Mask Up Baltimore ... Please Get Vaccinated!’ Campaign
Last week, Kevin Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, participated in a press conference with the Baltimore NAACP and other local leaders to announce the launch of “Mask Up Baltimore ... Please Get Vaccinated!” Sowers discussed how the delta variant is causing a serious increase in hospitalizations across the country. “More than 99% of the patients we now see hospitalized are unvaccinated. That’s why we are coming together to amplify our voices, with a common message that is important for every person in Baltimore: mask up, and please get vaccinated,” he shared. Watch a news story about the campaign.  Read more here.

What are the Odds You've Been Exposed to COVID and Just Didn't Get Sick?
Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said it’s crucial to differentiate between an exposure and an infection.   Read more here.

Research
What's in Your Cup? JHU Engineers Design New Approach to Ensure Safe Drinking Water
Leveraging bioassays and artificial intelligence could help identify previously unknown chemical mixtures in the water supply, say Carsten Prasse and Paul Ferraro.  Read more here.
 
Responding to An Urgent Need
When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare's faculty were eager—and more than able—to help.  Read more here.

In the News
On Campus at Last
Johns Hopkins has hired some 4,600 people for staff jobs across the university since the COVID-19 shutdown. With the university's campuses now reopening, many will be meeting their colleagues and students in person for the first time.  Read more here.

A Closer Look at the U.S. Economic Recovery and What Comes Next
Johns Hopkins economist Jonathan Wright shares insights on key indicators for recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as thoughts on what was learned during the Great Recession.  Read more here.

 
Upcoming Events

Mobile Vaccination Clinics
Various times and locations
Johns Hopkins Medicine operates mobile vaccination clinics in several Maryland communities. Vaccines are free and available to everyone age 12 or older. Walk-ins are welcome. People ages 12 – 17 can receive a vaccination only when we have the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as this is the only vaccine currently authorized for this age group.  See mobile clinics schedule.


Sept 13 – A Conversation with Joseph S. Nye Jr., Former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT| Online

Join Kent E. Calder, interim dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Joseph S. Nye Jr., university distinguished service professor emeritus and former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, for a conversation on morality and foreign policy. Nye's latest book, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, explores the role of ethics in U.S. foreign policy during the American era after 1945.

 
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