Portage County Remains at COVID Risk Level 2

Dear Kent Campus Students,

Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Portage County remains at COVID-19 Risk Level 2 (Orange) Status for a second consecutive week. The Kent Campus resides in Portage County, and as such, must adhere to the state's guidelines for counties.

To mitigate potential spread of the virus, we must be diligent in adhering to our current Kent Campus operating procedures which can be found on the COVID-19 Dashboard. Until further notice, all Kent Campus dining locations will continue to serve takeout only. There will be no dine-in option at any Kent Campus dining location.

In addition, visitors to Kent Campus residence halls will continue to be limited to Kent State students living on the Kent Campus. Only students living on the Kent Campus may enter the Kent Campus residence halls. These measures are aligned with the guidance of state and local health authorities, and we will continue to work in cooperation with these health experts to manage the virus in our community.

Further, the delivery mode of all in-person courses remains the same unless your instructor tells you differently.

We remain concerned about the number of positive cases related to Kent State University and therefore are not changing current campus operations. It is imperative that everyone follow the Flashes Safe Seven on and off campus, wear a face covering at all times, avoid all gatherings and parties, and limit interactions other than attending class and participating in physical exercise.

Remember: Any Kent State community member who has been exposed to, diagnosed with or shows symptoms of COVID-19 must contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525. Further, any travel out of state and beyond must be reported to the COVID Response Team prior to departure.

We urge you to sign up for Flash ALERTS to receive crisis communications through the emergency text system. The ever-changing nature of this pandemic means that we must remain flexible and adjust our plans as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community. Let's work together to protect our Flashes family.

Sincerely,

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

POSTED: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:35pm
WRITTEN BY:
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs