Required COVID-19 Testing This Week for Residence Hall Students

Dear Kent State University Students,

Our monitoring of wastewater from the Stopher and Johnson residence halls recently has indicated an increase in the COVID-19 virus. This means it is likely some of the students living in these halls have the virus and could spread it to others.

As a result, all students living in Stopher and Johnson halls who are not exempt from COVID-19 testing must report for a test beginning Tuesday, April 27, at the DeWeese Health Center. These tests, at no cost to students, are rapid antigen tests with results in about 15 minutes while you wait.

University Health Services has expanded its number of appointments for COVID-19 testing at DeWeese on Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate all student from these halls. Call 330-672-2322 to schedule your appointment.

Students exempt from this testing are:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, provided they email proof of their completed vaccination to covid@kent.edu.
  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, provided they email their positive lab test results to covid@kent.edu.
  • Those who are scheduled to have COVID-19 testing this week through athletics. If you are a student-athlete who is not having athletics testing this week, then you must sign up for testing at DeWeese.

Any student who has COVID-19 symptoms is asked to contact the COVID Response Team at the health center at 330-672-2525 immediately. However, please understand that virus shed can be detected in wastewater as far as a week before symptoms would appear. Not having symptoms now does not mean that you are not infected with COVID-19.

The health and safety of our students and community is our primary concern. It is as important as ever to practice the Flashes Safe Eight safety principles, including wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. We appreciate your cooperation with this testing and remind you that COVID-19 testing upon request is part of your housing contract.

Anyone with questions should call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 or email covid@kent.edu.

Thank you,

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:58pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:58pm
WRITTEN BY:
Lisa Dannemiller, M.D. - Chief University Physician and Julie Volcheck - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of University Health Services