Register for Open COVID-19 Testing at the Kiva

Dear Kent State University Students,

This is the final week before most of you will leave campus for Thanksgiving break and not return until January. With recent COVID-19 levels at a record high in Ohio and elsewhere, it is critically important that we all do our part to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

As an added push to enable as many of you as possible to get tested before leaving campus, this week all COVID-19 testing at the Kiva will be open to any student. In prior weeks, this testing had been offered only to randomly selected individuals to help us discover those who may unknowingly have the virus.

Upcoming travel for the Thanksgiving holiday has the potential to create a significant increase in the spread of COVID-19. It is vitally important that as many of you as possible know your status before heading home for the holiday.

Testing will take place in the Kiva from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16-20. You will need to schedule a time in advance for a test, as slots are likely to fill up fast, and testers won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins. Note that CVS only opens three days of testing at a time so check back if you cannot get scheduled.

Please use this link to login and register for your test and schedule an appointment. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in:
    • Go to:
    • You will be asked to provide:
      • Your home zip code. Use the zip code of your permanent address; international students use zip code 44240.
      • Date of birth.
      • Gender.
      • Your student identification number on your Kent State ID that begins with the number 8.
  2. Select a location and time:
    • Select employee/campus location.
    • Select a time from one of the three testers who are onsite at the Kiva.
  3. At your visit:
    • • You will be asked for your name, student identification number and address. Use the address where you are currently living. If living in a residence hall, enter your residence hall address. Please bring your Kent State student ID card with you.

This testing is being conducted by medical professionals from CVS. It is a nasal self-swab test, with results provided in about 15 minutes while you wait. There is no cost for this test.

If you test negative for COVID-19, remember, your status can change in a day. Make a concerted effort to lay low until you head home. Avoid parties and gatherings and only go out when necessary for class or to pick up meals. When you do go out, continue to practice the Flashes Safe Seven principles – always wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, maintain a safe distance from others, and again, avoid gatherings!

If you test positive, you will need to isolate and follow the directions of your health care provider to determine how to best proceed.

As always, any member of the university community who has COVID-19 symptoms can arrange for a test any weekday by contacting the KSU COVID Response Team at the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525. 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.

With so many of you heading home for Thanksgiving, it’s not just about you getting sick, it’s about you possibly infecting someone more vulnerable – someone dear to you, such as a parent or grandparent, who might not be able to fight this virus. That’s why it’s so important to get tested, lay low and know before you go!


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

POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 8:43pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 8:43pm