Let’s Finish the Spring Semester Strong

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable spring break and that you are rejuvenated and ready to finish the 2022 Spring Semester on a high note. 

The sustained decline of COVID-19 cases has given us reason to feel hopeful, and we encourage you to do your part to make sure that our university community remains safe and healthy for the remainder of the semester. 

COVID-19 Testing

The omicron BA.2 variant of COVID-19 continues to increase its spread worldwide and throughout the U.S. We encourage all of you, particularly those who were traveling over break, to get tested for COVID-19 to make sure you have not brought the virus back with you.

COVID-19 testing remains readily available on our campuses, including at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, at Visit Healthcare at the Eastway Lounge on the Kent Campus (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday) and through at-home test kits distributed on all campuses

If you test positive, please report your illness to the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

As always, continue to monitor your health and get tested if you begin to exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, which may be like cold, flu or spring allergy symptoms, or if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and you are not up to date on your vaccines.

Face Coverings

We remind you that face coverings are required through the end of the semester in these settings:

  • In classrooms while courses are in session, including academic classes held at the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center. 
  • In laboratories and studios during required academic sessions.
  • At the DeWeese Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services on the Kent Campus, and any other medical or healthcare settings.
  • At the Child Development Center on the Kent Campus. 
  • On all PARTA buses on the Kent Campus.

Let’s Finish Strong

As always, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local health departments as well as advice from our own College of Public Health experts, and we will adapt our practices as needed based on the current COVID-19 conditions.

We have had much success keeping our community safe and healthy so far this semester. Let’s work together in the true Flashes Take Care of Flashes spirit to ensure that our success continues to the semester’s end.

Sincerely,

 

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

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

POSTED: Monday, April 4, 2022 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Monday, April 4, 2022 - 9:00am
WRITTEN BY:
Lisa Dannemiller, M.D. and Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., MPH