Reminder: Open COVID-19 Testing Sunday


This is a reminder that Kent State University and the city of Kent are co-sponsoring free, open COVID-19 testing from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the ballroom on the second floor of the Kent Student Center.

The Ohio Department of Health’s Pandemic Testing Team, staffed by medical personnel from the Ohio National Guard, will perform the nasal swab tests. Results will be back in two to three days.

The testing is open to anyone from the university community, including students, faculty, staff and their families, as well as members of the general public. Parking will be free in the main lot on Risman Drive.


This event also will include a flu shot clinic, to get protected from what could be a serious flu season on top of the pandemic.


For students or anyone who plans to travel over Thanksgiving break, it is important to know your status before you go, so that you do not spread COVID-19 to family and friends, 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 COVID-19 testing webpage for all testing options.

Upcoming travel for the Thanksgiving holiday has the potential to create a significant increase in the spread of COVID-19, which already has reached record-breaking levels in Ohio and other states. 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 before you go!

POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:27am
UPDATED: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:00am