Health, safety and privacy are paramount for Kennedy Krieger Institute.

We are continuously monitoring and responding to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

We are following CDC guidelines and recommendations from national, state and local health departments, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Maryland Hospital Association guidelines along with our state’s restrictions, to minimize risk for our patients, students, staff members and the public.

Universal Masking:

Our goal is to protect patients and staff at all times.

Kennedy Krieger Institute requires all employees, visitors and patients to wear a surgical, procedural or cloth face mask while working on site in any of the Kennedy Krieger buildings.

Everyone- including all patients and visitors- must wear a surgical, procedural, or cloth face mask at all times while inside a Kennedy Krieger Institute building.  If you don’t have a mask we will provide you with one.

Our goal is to protect patients and staff at all times. 

Telehealth/virtual visits

If you already have an appointment, there’s no need to cancel.

Please call the clinic where you have the appointment (the number is on your appointment confirmation letter) to confirm if you should come in person, or if your appointment is through our telehealth system.

For new appointments, we will advise how the appointment will be delivered and provide easy instructions for all telephone or video appointments. 

Our inpatient hospital continues to serve patients and is working hard to ensure the continued safety of our patients, families and staff members. Click here for more information about inpatient hospital admissions.

Health Alert:

Health Alert Please tell a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare professional as soon as possible if you:

  • Have traveled outside the U.S. in the past 21 days
  • Have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting, runny nose/congestion, and unexplained fatigue.
  • Have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Have been tested for COVID-19

Social Distancing 

We are following CDC recommendations for social distancing. All patients and visitors who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines and/or are at risk of severe illness are encouraged to stay at least six feet away from other people.

All of us at Kennedy Krieger are working hard to keep you, your family and our staff members safe from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

What To Do If You Are Sick:

  • If you are sick, please do not come to your appointment. Please call to reschedule. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.
  • If you do come to your appointment AND you are sick with a fever, cough or other possible COVID-19 symptoms,  we will not see you for your appointment. You will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Our focus is on the safety and health of all who come to Kennedy Krieger.

How To Protect Yourself:

Continue to practice everyday preventive actions now: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. 
  • Wear a mask in public when community transmission is high, if you are unvaccinated and/or at high risk of severe illness.  
  • Wash your hands often! 
  • Get vaccinated if eligible.
  • Get the COVID-19 booster if eligible. 
  • Get your seasonal flu vaccine. 
  • If unvaccinated, avoid groups and gatherings.

Events & Classes

Kennedy Krieger Institute scheduled events happening at Kennedy Krieger, or in other locations, may be impacted by the ongoing and rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak. Please check the specific event notice in this section of the Web site to confirm the status of the meeting or event in which you are interested or registered to attend. Meetings should be conducted virtually whenever possible, especially during times of increased transmission.

The capacities of our meeting spaces are not fixed, but please allow for personal space for the vaccinated and 6 feet distance for unvaccinated when you plan to meet in person. Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask, if the event is taking place in a non-clinical area and there is no reasonable expectation that they may encounter a patient, student, visitor, or member of the public. Unvaccinated attendees must wear a mask. Consideration should be given to room size to ensure the space can accommodate physical distancing for all attendees. In addition, virtual options should be provided for those who prefer not to gather in person. Food and drink are now allowed to be served at indoor events. Unvaccinated attendees may remove their mask when eating or drinking, but must remained distanced when masks are removed. 

Outdoor events are preferred. There is currently no capacity limit on outdoor gatherings. Masking is not required for fully vaccinated attendees, if the event is for staff members only. However, masking is required for all attendees—regardless of vaccination status—when interacting with  a patient, student, visitor, or member of the public. Food and drink are allowed to be served at outdoor meetings or gatherings. Please note that this applies only to gatherings with other staff only, and does not apply to settings involving patients or students.

If you are planning an onsite or virtual conference, please contact as soon as possible to start the process of requesting a new event.


Additional Resources:

More information can be found via the links below: