Get Tested for COVID-19 Before Returning to Campus

As we get ready to welcome you back to campus for our 2021 Fall Semester, it is important that we carefully monitor our students, faculty and staff for COVID-19. We need you to take an active role in this monitoring process for us to provide a safe on-campus living and learning environment.

Due to the increased transmission rate of COVID-19 and the delta variant, we are requiring all students living on campus for the fall semester, regardless of vaccination status, to take an at-home COVID-19 test three to seven days before they arrive on campus.

Throughout the semester, residence hall students will be tested weekly for COVID-19. However, students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in the weekly testing at this time.

This email provides important information about at-home testing required prior to move-in. You have been identified as a Kent State student who is coming to the Kent Campus for the fall semester and living in a residence hall. Kent State has partnered with Vault Health to provide you with a free at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test that you must complete and return before you move into your residence hall.

Ordering Your Test

Order your test as soon as possible, but do not open it until you are ready to take it (see below instructions for taking the test). To order your prepaid test kit, please use this link. (We recommend using Chrome or Safari as well as setting your browser to Incognito or private mode). DO NOT forward this email or link, as it is assigned specifically to you. You will need to upload a picture of identification when you register for your test kit - you can use your Kent State student ID or a government-issued ID.

Important information to remember:

  • Tests kits ordered before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will be delivered the next day.

  • If you do not receive your Vault Health test kit, contact Vault Health customer service at covid@vaulthealth.com or call 212-880-5494 to speak to a Vault Health customer service representative.

  • Take your test three to seven days before your planned return to campus. On the day you take your test, make sure to ship the test back to Vault Health before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time the same day.

  • Vault Health's operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Taking Your Test

  • Download Zoom – You must be observed taking your test by a Vault Health test supervisor via a Zoom chat. Make sure you have downloaded Zoom on whatever device you will be using.

  • Test Kit and Registration – This test will collect a saliva sample in a diagnostic PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test tube. Before testing begins, you will be prompted to register your test kit number. Kit numbers are case sensitive. This ensures that the kit is properly registered to you and that your results will populate in Kent State’s COVID-19 dashboard.

  • Fasting – Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum or tobacco for 30 minutes before logging on to take your test.

  • Taking the Test – Do not open your test kit until instructed to do so on the Zoom chat. When you are ready, simply log into Vault’s site at covidtest.vaulthealth.com and sign in with your email and password. You do not need to schedule an appointment. Once there, the Vault Health test supervisor will guide you through the sample collection process and the proper way to repackage your sample.

  • Returning Completed Tests – Once repackaged in the prepaid UPS envelope, your sample is ready to be shipped to the lab for processing. You must drop this off at a UPS facility – not a drop box – to ensure a timely delivery. We suggest accepting the receipt with tracking.

Please note: If you do not collect saliva during a video call under supervision from a Vault Health test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.

Receiving Results

If you receive a positive test result:

  • You will be expected to isolate at your permanent address and delay your return to your residence hall until your local health department releases you from isolation.

  • The Kent State COVID Response Team’s contact investigators will reach out to you to review your isolation plan.

  • If you have a positive test and you do not have a place to isolate at home, please contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to arrange for isolation housing once on campus.

  • You cannot attend in-person classes until you are cleared by your local health department and the COVID Response Team to return to campus. If you are enrolled in any courses that have in-person requirements, please contact your instructors.

If you receive a negative test result:

  • Continue to follow the Flashes Safe Eight until you return to campus and after your return, which includes wearing face coverings indoors on campus.

Questions?

  • If you have any questions about the testing process, you can contact Vault Health’s customer service team here.

  • More information about COVID-19 testing can be found here. Other information about fall semester move-in can be found here.

  • Any student who needs accommodations due to disabilities, who is refusing testing based on religious beliefs, or who currently has COVID-19 or has tested positive within the past 90 days needs to request an exemption from testing from the COVID Response Team by emailing covid@kent.edu. Please include your name, student ID number, reason for exemption request and, if applicable, lab results or a letter from your local health department confirming your COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days.

Fall semester promises to be a robust college experience for all students but keeping everyone healthy and safe will require cooperation and participation by our entire Kent State community. We appreciate your diligence in taking this first testing step to ensure a safe return for all. Flashes Take Care of Flashes!

Sincerely,

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director, University Health Services

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician
University Health Services

POSTED: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 12:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 12:09pm