Stay Healthy as the Semester Ends

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff, 

Finals week is fast approaching, and we all need to stay healthy to do our best. However, we are seeing week-over-week increases in the number of positive COVID-19 test results reported to the university. In addition, our monitoring of wastewater on our Kent Campus is showing the COVID-19 virus coming from university residence halls.

While the COVID-19 rates remain low in the counties where we have campuses and locations, nearly all have seen an increase in cases over the past few weeks.

It is important that everyone monitor their health carefully. Don’t attend classes and other gatherings if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear like a cold or seasonal allergy, and get tested. To stay healthy for final exams, follow the Flashes Safe Eight, including masking when you can.

COVID-19 testing remains readily available on our campuses, including at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, at Visit Healthcare at the Eastway Lounge on the Kent Campus (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday) and through at-home test kits distributed on all campuses.

Perhaps most important, if you test positive, report your illness to the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 so that contact tracing can be performed and classroom alerts can be issued to help stop additional virus spread.

With COVID-19 cases so low for the past six weeks, it is easy to forget that the virus is still very much with us. We all need to continue to exercise cautious and responsible behavior with our health and that of our fellow Golden Flashes.

Let’s all do our part to finish the semester healthy!


Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician
Interim Director, University Health Services

Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Pandemic Institutionalization Effort
Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Program Coordinator – Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2022 - 1:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 25, 2022 - 1:29pm
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.