COVID-19 Testing

Kent State's COVID-19 testing plan extends to students and employees.

Students

  • All students who live in residence halls  were required to perform an at-home test one week before moving back to campus.  
    •  Students who live in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated or exempt from testing must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing, provided by Visit Healthcare, beginning the week of Aug. 23. 
    • Fully vaccinated residence hall students and those who are exempt due to having tested positive for COVID-19 within the prior 90 days will have to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated
  •  As part of Kent State’s phased-in COVID-19 vaccine requirement, beginning Sept. 1, 2021, testing will be expanded  to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus; unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested weekly.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated students in residence halls will be tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students will be tested once a week.

Employees

  • Beginning Sept. 1, 2021, we will expand our testing efforts to include sample testing of  unvaccinated employees.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated employees will be tested once a week.

Other Testing

  • Throughout the fall semester, Kent State will continue to monitor wastewater from campus housing to look for spikes in virus shed to identify possible outbreaks.

How To Get A Covid-19 Test: Locations & Options

DeWeese Health Center

DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus is conducting daily testing for symptomatic individuals.

  • Call 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment with a clinician.
  • Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • No appointments are available between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Results
Visit Healthcare
Visit Healthcare on the Kent Campus, will be conducting asymptomatic testing Monday through Friday at these locations:
  • Ice Arena: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eastway Lounge:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • MACC 3rd Floor Loge:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Dunbar Hall Conference Room: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • No appointment required. 
  • Pre-register in advance with Visit Healthcare at www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/kent to expedite the testing process is recommended.
  • The test is a swab and send PCR test and results will be sent to students the following day.
BinaxNOW Self-Test Kits

BinaxNOW Self-Test Kits

  • BinaxNOW self-test kits are available for free to any member of the Kent State Community, as supplies last.
    • BinaxNow test kits are available to anyone who requests a kit, including people who live in the community.
    • No ID is required to pick up a test kit.
    • Test kits are provided by the Ohio Department of Health and are at no cost to the individual.
    • There is a limit of four test kits per week, per person.
    • There is no paperwork associated with these test kits, and you do not need to sign to get one.
    • There is an insert in each kit with instructions on what to do if a person tests positive.
  • The Covid-19 at-home tests can be picked up at the following locations: 
  • Kent Campus
    • Henderson Hall, Room 216
    • Moulton Hall, Room 131
    • University Libraries first floor circulation desk
    • Kent Student Center information desk
    • Beverly J. Warren Student Wellness and Recreation Center welcome desk 
    • Center for Visual Arts, Room 240
    • Center for Performing Arts, Room B141
    • Bowman Hall, Room 105
    • Cartwright Hall, Room 145
    • White Hall, Room 408
  • Regional Campuses
    • Ashtabula: Main Hall in the Student Service Office near the front entrance.
    • Geauga: Security Office, Room 168
    • East Liverpool: Front desk, second flood, Purinton Hall
    • Salem: Front desk in the main lobby near the student lounge
    • Stark: Library (Learning Resource Center)
    • Trumbull:  Student Services Building Lobby (look for signage)
    • Tuscarawas: Science & Advanced Technology Center, Room 117
    • Twinsburg Academic Center: Security Office, Room 224
Athletics Testing

 Athletics Testing

  • During the fall of 2021, Kent State student-athletes, athletics staff and auxiliary groups that are part of sporting events, including members of the marching band, cheerleading and dance squads, and their personnel will undergo COVID-19 testing in accordance with athletics rules and procedures which are governed by the NCAA and MAC. This group will receive instructions for testing from their coaches and staff.
  • Athletics will continue to perform surveillance testing for all those involved with sports that are in season and will test a percentage of those who are involved in athletics whose sports are not in season.
  • Those in athletics who are fully vaccinated are not required to test.
Additional Locations
  • The Ohio Department of Health also provides a list of where testing is taking place throughout the state.
  • In addition, anyone can contact their primary care physician, go to an urgent care location or go to a hospital emergency room for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing. 
Testing During Holidays and Breaks

COVID-19 Testing During Upcoming Holidays and Breaks

During October and November, Kent State University will be closed at various times in observance of fall break and the Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving holidays. Should you need a COVID-19 test during one of these closures, please follow this schedule of testing times and locations:

Fall break: Thursday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 17

  • DeWeese Health Center: Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call  330-672-2322 for an appointment.
  • Ice Arena: Oct. 14-15, no testing at this site.
  • Eastway Lounge:  Oct. 14, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no appointment needed.
  • MACC 3rd Floor Loge:  Oct. 14, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 15, no testing at this site
  • Dunbar Hall Conference Room: Oct. 14-15, no testing at this site

Veteran’s Day: Thursday, Nov. 11

  • DeWeese Health Center: Closed
  • Ice Arena: Nov. 11, no testing at this site.
  • Eastway Lounge:  Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment needed.
  • MACC 3rd Floor Loge:  Nov. 11, no testing at this site. 
  • Dunbar Hall Conference Room: Nov. 11, no testing at this site.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 28
  • DeWeese Health Center: Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call  330-672-2322 for an appointment.

Closed, Nov. 25-28

  • Ice Arena: Nov. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment needed. Closed, Nov. 24-28.
  • Eastway Lounge:  Nov. 22, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; Nov 23, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no appointment needed. Closed Nov. 24-28.
  • MACC 3rd Floor Loge:  Nov. 22, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; Nov 23, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no appointment needed. Closed, Nov. 24-28.
  • Dunbar Hall Conference Room: Nov. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment needed. Closed, Nov. 24-28.

For additional testing locations throughout the state visit the Ohio Department of Health. Anyone in need of a test or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms during university closures should contact their primary care physician, go to an urgent care location or go to a hospital emergency room.

Reasons for Getting a COVID-19 Test

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested to find out if you have the virus to prevent spreading it to others.

  • During this global pandemic, testing is part of the university’s overall strategy to identify those who have the virus, but may not have any symptoms, and are unknowingly spreading the virus to others. 
  • We can’t stop the spread of COVID-19 without knowing who has it and isolating them until they are no longer contagious.
  • Unless you get tested, you can’t know if you have COVID-19.
  • While you may not get ill from the virus, you could spread it to someone who could become seriously ill, require hospitalization or even die from the virus.
  • Getting tested is the only way to know if you are COVID-19, free if you plan to spend time with others who are more physically vulnerable or who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Getting tested helps all of us to stay true to Kent State’s core values. Respecting others means respecting their health and well-being and not being reckless about spreading COVID-19. 
  • Getting tested is one of the best ways that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.