Get Tested to Travel Safely
Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,
As we approach Thanksgiving, everyone needs to think about their health and safety and the health and safety of others during our holiday break. We know that many of you will be going home to spend the holiday with family, gathering with friends or traveling for pleasure.
We strongly encourage everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing we offer on our campuses to ensure that you don’t spread the virus to others over the Thanksgiving break. COVID-19 testing also is available at various locations throughout the state.
Because it may take a day or two for COVID-19 test results to be returned to you, please consider getting tested no later than Monday, Nov. 22, to know that you are safe to travel or gather with family and friends.
On the Kent Campus, testing is available at Visit Healthcare locations across campus during these hours through Tuesday, Nov. 23:
- Ice Arena: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.
- Eastway Lounge: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.
- Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center third floor loge: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.
- Dunbar Hall Conference Room: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.
No appointment is required, but advanced registration with Visit Healthcare is recommended to expedite the testing process. The test is a swab and send PCR test with results expected the following day. With an expected increase in testing before the holiday, you are encouraged to plan your testing far enough in advance to accommodate your travel schedule.
There will be no testing on the Kent Campus from Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 28.
Other Testing Available
Additional testing is available on the Kent Campus and on our Regional Campuses by using one of the BinaxNOW at-home testing kits available on all campuses. We also encourage you to consider picking up one of these kits and taking it with you to perform before you return to campus to make sure you aren’t bringing COVID-19 back to the university community.
Anyone in need of testing during the break may find a location in Ohio by using this portal from the Ohio Department of Health. Those traveling out of state should look for testing locations through the state and local health departments of the locales they are visiting.
Anyone in need of treatment for COVID-19 symptoms during the university closure should contact their primary care physician, go to an urgent care location or go to a hospital emergency room.
If you test negative for COVID-19, your status can change quickly. Make a concerted effort to lay low until you head home, always practice the Flashes Safe Eight, wear a face covering in public buildings, wash your hands frequently and maintain a safe distance from others.
If you test positive, you will need to follow the directions of your healthcare provider or local health department to determine how to best proceed.
For those traveling outside of Ohio, it’s a good idea to review the travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before you go.
Wearing face coverings is still required on all forms of public transportation, including planes, and inside all airports.
Remember, getting tested is the only way to find out if you have COVID-19 and to know for certain that you are free to safely spend time with others who may be more physically vulnerable, such as a parent or grandparent.
Respecting others is one of Kent State’s core values, and that means respecting their health and well-being by not being reckless about spreading COVID-19. Getting tested is one of the easiest ways to show that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.
We have made great strides with COVID-19 this semester. As vaccination rates have increased, our number of cases of COVID-19 have remained low. Let’s all keep up the good work.
We wish you safe travels and an enjoyable holiday!
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services