Cuyahoga County at ‘High’ COVID-19 Community Level
Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,
Cuyahoga County, where Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine, the Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative are located, recently moved into the “high” community level designation for COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally, Ashtabula County, where Kent State’s Ashtabula Campus is located, remains at a “high” designation.
As a result of these designations, face coverings are now required indoors at the College of Podiatric Medicine, the Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and continue to be required at the Ashtabula Campus. 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.
Summit County, where the Kent State University Airport and the Twinsburg Academic Center are located, has increased from a “low” to “medium” community level for COVID-19. Portage, Trumbull and Geauga counties, where Kent State has campuses, also remain at the “medium” level. 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
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health