Health Advisory: Koonce Hall

Dear Students and Staff,

Kent State is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that you may have been exposed in an indoor setting in Koonce Hall to a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past week.

** Please note that this is an advisory and is not a mandate to quarantine or isolate. **

We are working closely with the local health departments and anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by the health department as a part of COVID-19 investigation.

How You Can Help

  • Attend your courses and classes as scheduled. 
  • Monitor yourself for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 over the next two weeks.  
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider.  All students are eligible to use the DeWeese Health Center at 1500 Eastway Drive on the Kent Campus. Call the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment.
  • Get a COVID-19 test. Because you may have been exposed, it is recommended you get a COVID-19 test even if you don’t have symptoms. Obtaining this test five (5) days after the last exposure is preferred. You are in that window for testing now. We recommend vaccinated people also test.
    • Visit Healthcare is providing testing on the Kent Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at three locations:  the Ice Arena, Eastway Lounge or MACC third floor loge or go to Testing and Community Health Centers | COVID-19 (ohio.gov) for a complete list of testing centers in Ohio.
    • If you test negative, it is important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. As of Aug. 27, Kent State is requiring all students and non-represented employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to all members of the Kent State community and their families at the DeWeese Health Center Monday through Friday, at varying hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment.
    • The Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available. Recipients must select which brand they want to receive at the time they schedule their appointment. All brands may not be offered every day. Pfizer is the only brand approved for those younger than 18. The Johnson & Johnson shot requires just one dose, while the Moderna vaccine requires a second dose in 28 days, and the Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose in 21 days.
    • Students from the Regional Campuses and the College of Podiatric Medicine are welcome to make an appointment at DeWeese, or they may schedule a vaccine in their areas by using the state’s vaccination portal.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing illness symptoms, you can vaccinate after your acute illness has resolved.  If you had a positive COVID-19 test, but did not experience symptoms, you can vaccinate after completing your isolation.
  • Whether or not you are vaccinated, wear a mask or face covering while in public places and indoors. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands, to cover coughs and sneezes. If you are experiencing cough or congestion, consider staying home and seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. A simple bleach solution may also be utilized.

If you have any questions, contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 or the Kent City Health Department at  330-678-8109. Thank you for helping to keep people safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and school. 

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, go to http://www.kent.edu/coronavirus, or call the Kent State COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

Sincerely,

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician

Julie Volcheck, M.S.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs 
Director of University Health Services

 

Cc:  

Joan C. Seidel MA, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC 
Kent City Health Commissioner

Julie Volcheck
she/her/hers
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs 
Director, University Health Services
Kent State University
330-672-8245

 

POSTED: Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 2:54pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 11:38am
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