Register for Open COVID-19 Testing at the Kiva

Dear Kent State University Faculty and Staff,

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 Thanksgiving, this week all COVID-19 testing at the Kiva will be open to any faculty or staff member. 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 you go.

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.

You may call 401-602-4838 to schedule a test or 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.
      • Date of birth.
      • Gender.
      • Your Banner 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, employee identification number and address. Please bring your Kent State employee 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 positive, you will need to isolate and follow the directions of your health care provider to determine how to best proceed.

For anyone who plans to travel for the holiday or spend time with family and friends, it is important to know your status beforehand, so that you do not spread COVID-19 to others, including more vulnerable elderly relatives who may not be able to fight this deadly virus.

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 cases of COVID-19 recently reaching record highs in Ohio and elsewhere, it is more important than ever for everyone to step up, unite and commit to halting the spread of COVID-19. Practice the Flashes Safe Seven safety principles, get tested and know your status before you go!


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

POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 8:45pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 8:45pm