Portage County COVID Risk Level Raised to Level 4 Purple

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Portage County has been raised to COVID-19 Risk Level 4 Purple status. The Kent Campus resides in Portage County, and as such, must adhere to the state’s guidelines for counties at a COVID-19 Risk Level 4 status. On the Kent Campus, only essential employees necessary for on-campus operations should report to campus for work, while all others should work remotely. Employees at all campuses should check with their supervisor to determine their work plan.

Remember, the state-ordered curfew, from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. daily, remains in effect until Dec. 10. With COVID-19 still surging in Ohio, everyone will have to continue to use extra care when guarding against the spread of the virus. Following the Flashes Safe Seven safety principles is still vitally important despite fewer people on campus. Wherever you are, remember to wear a face covering, practice frequent handwashing, maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings. Per state guidelines, you should only leave home for supplies and services.

COVID-19 Testing

Until the semester ends, COVID-19 tests will be available Monday through Friday on the Kent Campus through University Health Services at the DeWeese Health Center. To arrange for a test, contact Kent State's COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525. The health center is open for appointments only (no walk-ins) 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. The center is closed every day from noon-1 p.m. for lunch. To schedule an appointment at the health center, call 330-672-2322.

For all students, faculty and staff, free testing continues at CVS Minute Clinic locations across the country. Follow this link to schedule a test. Visit the COVID-19 testing webpage for all testing options.

Due to the ongoing virus surge, please understand that all healthcare systems are stressed due to the high demand for treatment. Please consider all options when seeking healthcare, including those outside of the university, such as your personal physician.

It is also important to be prepared with a supply of over-the-counter medications and to take good care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water to stay in top virus-fighting form. Remember, too, that help is always available by visiting our Wellness Resource Guide or contacting Counseling and Psychological Services.

Learning Resources

We understand that remote learning can pose challenges for some, and we hope that our students will continue to take advantage of the help available to them with online learning and computer issues. In addition, the Academic Success Center will continue to offer online tutoring and supplemental instruction through the end of the semester.

The University Library will close at 9 p.m. today and will remain closed as long as Portage County is at COVID-19 Risk Level 4. However, it will maintain virtual and Curbside Pickup services. Kent Campus branch locations (fashion, architecture, map and performing arts) are closed until January. Students may request physical library materials by reserving them through KentLINK and using Curbside Pickup.


Through the end of the semester, Eastway Center remains the only dining hall open on campus. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 18; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19. The only eatery open in the Kent Student Center Hub is Einstein Bros. Bagels, which will keep the hours of 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 18.

Other Resources

  • The Kent Student Center and Kent State University Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The student center will be closed on weekends, except for Dec. 19 when the bookstore will be open for book returns.
  • The post office in the Kent Student Center will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. 
  • The FLASHcard Office will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. One or two staff members will be on campus. Other staff members will be working remotely. Staff will make accommodations for anyone who is unable to visit the office during these hours.
  • The Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center will have shortened hours through the end of fall semester. Regular hours for the Workout Center will be 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. The center will close Dec. 19 and is tentatively expected to reopen Jan. 3, 2021. Visit Recreational Services for a detailed list of hours for all recreational activities and facilities. All hours and dates are subject to change.

Fall semester has created unique circumstances that few of us could have ever imagined. Yet despite the challenges, we have made it this far and are on pace to finish this semester strong. Keep studying and working, keep safe and keep taking care of yourself and those around you.


Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:36pm
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs