COVID Response Team

Kent State University has organized a COVID Response Team that will be housed at the DeWeese Health Center.

This university's COVID Response Team will be responsible for managing COVID-19 related information that includes but is not limited to: voluntary self-reporting of COVID-19 status by students, staff and faculty; confirmed cases at DeWeese Health Center; and inquiries related to COVID-19 related topics such as self-isolation, quarantine and travel. It is led by Kent State’s chief university physician and its members include a coordinator, nurses and public health staff, employed by University Health Services.

Communicable Disease Response Annex (PDF) 

The purpose of this information the team will manage is to provide advice for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff on all campuses. This guidance is temporary and subject to change depending on the state of Ohio, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health requirements. This page will be monitored and updated accordingly.

Part of Kent State’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to make testing available so that individuals who have the virus can learn their status and isolate to prevent them from spreading the virus to others. Widespread testing is available for individuals to learn their status. 

Learn More About Testing Options Access the Coronavirus Dashboard

The COVID Response Team can be reached at 330-672-2525.


 

Who must report to the COVID Response Team

The university requests that all students, staff and faculty on all campuses to report to the COVID Response Team by calling 330-672-2525 for any of the reasons below:

  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is being tested due to symptoms suggestive of the infection.
  • Anyone who had close contact* with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 (presumptive meaning not tested but diagnosed by a medical clinician as likely to have the infection).
  • Anyone living on campus in University Housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Anyone returning from international travel, regardless of country.
  • Travel can increase your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Anyone traveling should carefully review the continuously updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding travel.  The CDC’s travel website offers detailed information about airline travel, both foreign and domestic, and other travel.
  • Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.
  • Additionally, supervisors should report to the COVID Response Team should an:
    • Employee report COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Employee report they are COVID-19 positive.

*CDC defines close contacta distance of less than 6 feet and a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes)
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The information will be kept confidential in accordance and consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements.

The information will be stored in an information system managed by University Health Services and the Division of IT.

Colleagues who test positive for COVID-19 in my work area: How should I expect that to impact me and/or my work space? 

if an Employee Tests Positive

When an employee in a department tests positive for COVID-19, that individual must contact the Covid Response Team, who will work to identify their close contacts.

  • Anyone who is COVID-19 positive must be isolated for 10 days from the first day of symptoms or 10 days from the date of testing if showing no symptoms, or until that person is released by their  local health department.
  • The employee should inform their supervisor of the required isolation and when they are expected to return. 
  • If an employee is ill and cannot work, they must use sick leave for their absence during isolation. 

Isolation

As a general rule, if the employee is able to work  effectively from home during isolation, they should be allowed to do so. 

  • Employees in this circumstance should discuss their options with their supervisor and all cases should be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • If the employee cannot work effectively from home due to the nature of their job, they must use sick leave for this absence

Close Contacts

The Covid Response Team or the local health department will notify close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individual of their exposure. 

  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic will continue to engage in normal work practices and adherence to the Flashes Safe Eight principles.  
  • An unvaccinated individual who was a close contact of someone with COVID-19 will need to be quarantined for 10 days (seven days with negative tests) and released at the end of that period if there are no symptoms. 
  • If symptoms develop, contact your healthcare provider.

Quarantine

As a general rule, if the employee is able to work  effectively from home during quarantine, they should be allowed to do so. 

  • Employees in this circumstance should discuss their options with their supervisor and all cases should be reviewed on an individual basis. 
  • If the employee cannot work effectively from home due to the nature of their job, they are required to use sick leave for this absence due to quarantining.

Please Note

  1. Because of our Flashes Safe Eight safety principles, there is no need for a department to transition to work from home operations if a colleague in the area tests positive for COVID-19. 
  2. Only close contacts will be notified with quarantine instructions.
  3. It may be necessary to issue a health alert to a department, at the discretion of the health department.

 

Guidelines for Individuals Who Are COVID-19 Positive

What should you do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you life off campus?

If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately and/or call 9-1-1 and:

Isolation: Questions and answers

What is isolation?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

In Ohio, isolation orders are issued by local public health departments to control the spread of communicable diseases.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for isolation

Watch Experts from Kent State University’s College of Public Health answer your COVID-19 questions

Steps to take when isolating

  • Stay in your current residence except to get medical care.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items like cups, towels and utensils.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able.

Who should isolate and for how long?

When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations. If you have questions or need additional information contact your local health department or medical provider.

Find CDC’s recommendations for your situation below.

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours has passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since test.
  • Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

I have a weakened immune system

  • If you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, when can you be around others?
  • People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information. If you have questions or need additional information contact your local health department or medical provider.
Residence hall residents: Isolation questions and answers

If I live in the residence halls, can I isolate in my room?

The university has allocated space on campus for students living in the residence halls to safely isolate if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. A student will be temporarily moved to the isolation room and return to their assigned room at the end of isolation. 

During isolation the university will provide linens and food. The university will coordinate this with you. The local health department will provide case management and coordinate with the COVID Response Team and the DeWeese Health Center.

Can I still receive mail and packages?

Mail will be held at area desk for students. Mail will not be delivered to quarantine or isolation dorms.

If I live in the residence halls, can I go home to isolate?

Yes, unless there is an objection from the local or state health departments, a student may return to their home to isolate. Before returning to campus, contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

Guidelines for Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms

What should you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately and/or call 9-1-1 and:

Quarantine: Questions and answers

What is quarantine?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Who Should Quarantine?

Fully vaccinated people who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they have no symptoms. If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you should still complete a COVID test 3-5 days after your last known exposure to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. Those who are not fully vaccinated and a close contact should call the COVID Response Team to report and confirm their quarantine plan.Unvaccinated or those that are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately after being identified as a close contact. If that test is negative, they should get tested again on day 5-7 or their quarantine period or immediately if symptoms develop during their quarantine period.

What steps should I take to quarantine?

  • Stay home and monitor your health.
  • You should stay home and quarantine for 7-10 days after being exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days from your last day of contact with the positive case. If you get tested for COVID-19 on day 5-7 of your quarantine, your quarantine can be shortened to 7 days. If you do not get tested on day 5-7, your quarantine will be 10 days. To get tested for COVID-19, call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Contact your medical provider if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have questions.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Report your quarantine status to the Kent State COVID Response Team by calling 330-672-2525.

When should quarantine start and end?

According to CDC Quarantine Start and End Guidelines:

You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

  • Your quarantine should start when you might have been exposed to the virus.
  • You should monitor for symptoms for a minimum of 14 days after exposure.
  • Your local health department will make the final decision on how long your quarantine period should last.
    • In some cases your quarantine may be shortened to 10 days.
    • If you don’t complete a COVID-19 test or 7 days if you received a negative test during your quarantine period (test must occur on day 5 or later).

The CDC has helpful scenarios to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others.

Watch Experts from Kent State University’s College of Public Health answer your COVID-19 questions 

Find out about COVID-19 Testing Options

Residence hall residents: Quarantine questions and answers

Who Should Quarantine?

Per the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you should still complete a COVID test 3-5 days after your last known exposure to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

If I live in the residence halls, can I quarantine in my room?

The university has allocated space in residence halls for students who live in the residence halls to quarantine. As a result, the COVID Response Team may coordinate your move to the quarantine housing. In certain situations, after careful scrutiny by the Kent City Health Commissioner and the COVID Response Team, a student may be asked to quarantine in their own room. The university will provide linens and food. The local health department will provide case management and coordinate with the COVID Response Team and the DeWeese Health Center.

Can I still receive mail and packages?

Mail will be held at area desk for students. Mail will not be delivered to quarantine or isolation dorms.

If I live in the residence halls, can I go home to quarantine?

Yes, unless there is an objection from the local or state health department, a student may return home to quarantine. Before returning to campus contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

Guidelines for Individuals with Potential COVID-19 Exposure

What should I do If I might have been exposed to COVID-19?

Quarantine measures should be enacted by:

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested three to five days after exposure and should wear a face covering in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. Getting tested before three to five days could result in a false-negative result.
  • For the unvaccinated, quarantine measures should be enacted by anyone who:
    • Has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Has been in close contact with someone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results and has been advised by the COVID Response Team or Chief University Physician.

What counts as close contact?

Please reference the CDC website to see how it defines close contact.

Quarantine: Questions and answers

What is quarantine?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Who Should Quarantine?

Fully vaccinated people who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they have no symptoms. Those who are not fully vaccinated and a close contact should call the COVID Response Team to report and confirm their quarantine plan.

What steps should I take to quarantine?

  • Stay home and monitor your health.
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Contact your medical provider if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have questions.
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Report your quarantine status to the Kent State COVID Response Team by calling 330-672-2525.

When should quarantine start and end?

According to CDC Quarantine Start and End Guidelines:

You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

The CDC has helpful scenarios to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others.

Residence hall residents: where should they quarantine?

Who Should Quarantine?

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you should still complete a COVID test 3-5 days after your last known exposure to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. You should also wear a face covering in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.

If I live in the residence halls, can I quarantine in my room?

The university has allocated space in residence halls for students who live in the residence halls to quarantine. As a result, the COVID Response Team may coordinate your move to the quarantine housing. In certain situations, after careful scrutiny by the Kent City Health Commissioner and the COVID Response Team, a student may be asked to quarantine in their own room. The university will provide linens and food. The local health department will provide case management and coordinate with the COVID Response Team and the DeWeese Health Center.

Can I still receive mail and packages?

Residence hall students in quarantine or isolation will continue to receive mail and packages in accordance with mail delivery procedures.

If I live in the residence halls, can I go home to quarantine?

Yes, unless there is an objection from the local or state health department, a student may return home to quarantine. Before returning to campus contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

Notifications & Impact

What should I do if I know of someone who is COVID-19 positive, has symptoms or is a close contact?

If someone tells you there COVID-19 status, refer that person to the COVID Response Team or ask the person if it is okay if you notify the COVID-19 Response Team with their information. Kent State's COVID Response Team can be contacted by calling 330-672-2525.

What should I do if I know I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case, but have not been notified by the health department or COVID Response Team?

Notify the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 immediately.

You should begin your quarantine immediately when you are informed by a close contact that they are positive or presumed positive by a clinician’s visit. Notify the COVID Response Team of your quarantine status.

Find out about COVID-19 Testing Options

How will I be notified of a positive COVID-19 case on my campus?

The COVID Response Team works closely with the local health departments in the area to manage outbreaks on campus.

  • When there is a case that is reported on campus, the COVID Response Team and/or the local health department will follow up with the positive case and any close contacts that were identified.
  • When necessary, health alerts will be sent to students to let them know of potential exposures in classrooms or in the residence halls.
    • The health alerts will include information on next steps such as COVID testing and preventative measures that you can take after a potential exposure.
Will the buildings where a person with COVID-19 works, teaches or attends class be closed for cleaning and disinfecting?

The CDC now recommends the following on cleaning:

  • If less than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, clean and disinfect the space.
  • If more than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, cleaning is enough. You may choose to also disinfect depending on certain conditions or everyday practices required by your facility.
  • If more than 3 days have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, no additional cleaning (beyond regular cleaning practices) is needed.

Testing Guidelines

How do I get a COVID-19 test?
Do I have to be sick to get a test?

The DeWeese Health Center will provide testing to patients who have COVID-19 symptoms, are close contacts of a COVID-19 case, high risk and of part of cohort that has requested testing as long as we have testing supplies. You must call ahead to schedule a telemedicine visit. NO WALK IN APPOINTMENTS!

Testing sites will vary on if they will test patients without symptoms. Call ahead to inquire. To contact the DeWeese Health Center, call 330-672-2322.

Part of Kent State’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to make testing available so that individuals who have the virus can learn their status and isolate to prevent them from spreading the virus to others. Widespread testing is available for individuals to learn their status. 

  Find out about COVID-19 Testing Options

What should I do while I wait for my test results?

As soon as you are tested, if you haven’t already, you should begin to quarantine to minimize the spread of the virus if you are positive.

  • Fully vaccinated people who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they have no symptoms.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and a close contact should call the COVID Response Team to report and confirm their quarantine plan.

 

International Travel

International travel : Questions and answers

Anyone involved in international travel should follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for international travel.  We are asking those that are traveling internationally to follow current CDC guidance. 

Access the current CDC guidance.

Please call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 or email us at covid@kent.edu to discuss your plans and any needs we can assist you with as you plan for your quarantine period. A member of the COVID Response Team will coordinate instructions or recommendations for your individual situation.