Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit and Tuscarawas Counties Move to ‘High’ COVID-19 Community Levels

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit and Tuscarawas counties, where Kent State operates several campuses and locations, recently moved into the “high” community level designation for COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, Portage, Cuyahoga and Trumbull counties, where Kent State operates campuses and locations, remain at a "high" community level designation.  

As a result, a well-fitted mask is now required indoors at these locations:

  • The Ashtabula Campus
  • The Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic
  • The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
  • The College of Podiatric Medicine
  • The East Liverpool Campus
  • The Kent Campus
  • The Kent State University Airport
  • The Salem Campus
  • The Trumbull Campus
  • The Tuscarawas Campus
  • The Twinsburg Academic Center

Masks are not required while working alone in an enclosed space, such as a private office or lab.

As we previously informed our university community, we are following CDC recommendations for counties at "high," "medium" or "low" community levels when making determinations for safety precautions on our campuses.

In counties at a "high" community level designation, the CDC recommends:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you show any virus symptoms.
  • Those at high risk for severe illness may want to take additional safety precautions.

Additionally, Geauga and Stark counties, where Kent State has campuses, are now at "medium" community level for COVID-19. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 levels in all the counties where we have campuses or locations and will adjust our requirements and recommendations according to CDC guidelines.

Kent State will always make the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff our top priority as we strive to provide a healthy and safe environment for all to live, learn and work.


Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Pandemic Institutionalization Effort
Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Program Coordinator – Epidemiology and Biostatistics

POSTED: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 7:45am
UPDATED: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 7:49am