Open COVID-19 Testing at Kent State Field House

*Please note: The dates for these events have changed. Please see new dates below.

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

As part of the university’s ongoing strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Kent State has partnered with the city of Kent to bring the Ohio Department of Health’s Ohio Pandemic Testing Team to campus from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28*, and noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29*, for two open testing events.

The testing will take place both days at the Kent State Field House, 2227 Summit St., Kent. This test is a nasal swab test, performed by medical personnel from the Ohio National Guard, with results usually back in about two to three days.

These free testing events are open to anyone from the university community, including students, faculty, staff and their families, from all campuses, as well as the general public. Parking will be free in the field house lot with signs to direct attendees. We especially encourage students living off campus to take advantage of this testing. Students living in residence halls do not need to attend as they have weekly testing at the Kent State Ice Arena.

Advanced preregistration for this testing is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Preregistration will make your test day experience faster and will aid in getting your results more efficiently.

While onsite registration will be available, it does not guarantee you will have a testing spot, and it could increase your wait time for a test.

How to Register

Scan this QR code to begin your registration or follow this link to register online.

Scan this QR code to begin your registration for Open COVID-19 Testing at Kent State Field House

  • Please be sure to register with your current local address (students, use the address at which you reside during classes, not your permanent home address) and the date that you are registering to take your test, either Jan. 28 or 29. Anyone who already had registered for Jan. 21 or 22 will have to register again and select one of the new dates.

  • The account number and name for these testing events will pre-populate into the form. Do not modify them.

  • Complete all fields marked with a red asterisk (*).

  • Your Social Security number is not required.

  • Your driver’s license number is not required.

  • The insurance type selected will be pre-chosen as “Client Bill (free test)” and should not be modified.

  • Provider information is already preselected and should not be modified.

  • Virus detection 720100 - SARS-CoV-2 will be preselected and should not be modified.

  • Virus antibody will have nothing selected and should not be modified.

  • Z03.818 should be selected for the DX code.

  • The sample collection date should be selected for the date that you are testing. If the correct collection date is not selected, your test will not be accepted.

  • The custom state-required questions need to be answered.

  • Once you have completed the form, select “Create EREQ” at the bottom. This will assign you an MX number that will be utilized at the event. This also will be emailed to the email address you provide.

  • You must bring the MX number to the event.

  • If you agree to allow Mako Medical to text you when your results are ready, please ensure that you “opt in” for this during your registration.

  • Results will be available in two to three days, and you will be able to access these online through Mako Medical at

We hope that as many of you as possible take advantage of this opportunity to help identify those who have the virus and to stop the virus’s spread to others on our campus and within the community.

As always, any member of the university community who has COVID-19 symptoms may contact the Kent State COVID Response Team at the DeWeese Health Center by calling 330-672-2525 to arrange for a test any weekday. Our health center performs COVID-19 tests every weekday. Students, faculty and staff may also schedule a free test at any CVS Minute Clinic location. Visit the COVID-19 testing webpage for all testing options.

While vaccines give us hope for an end to this pandemic, we still have months to go before our lives will return to normal. It is as important as ever for us to step up, unite and commit to halting the spread of COVID-19.

Please do your part by continuing to remain vigilant to the Flashes Safe Seven principles – always wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, maintain a safe distance from others and avoid gatherings.


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

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 8:45am
UPDATED: Friday, January 15, 2021 - 4:38pm
Julie Volcheck, Director, University Health Services