Staying Healthy and Safe
Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,
I hope your spring semester is off to a good start. For your health and safety, I’d like to share a few important reminders and provide some information on COVID-19 vaccines.
If at any time you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell – stay at home. Do not attend any classes or go to work.
For students living on campus or off, contact the COVID Response Team at the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 to arrange for a COVID-19 test. If you are a faculty or staff member, contact your primary care physician for treatment or contact the COVID Response Team to arrange for a test. Tests also are available at no cost at any CVS Minute Clinic location.
No matter where you are treated or tested, it is important to contact the COVID Response Team so the team can begin to trace your contacts within the university community to alert others of possible exposure.
Consult our COVID Response Team Guidance for detailed information on what to do should you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Limitations Still in Place
The city of Kent still has a ban on large gatherings, and the state’s 10 p.m. curfew also remains in effect. Both measures are intended to limit gatherings where COVID-19 is likely to spread. This semester, all residence hall students also are required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.
Detailed information about all COVID-19-related questions, including information on testing resources for the spring semester, is available on our coronavirus website. I urge you to visit this site to refresh yourself on all of the COVID-19 information and resources offered at Kent State.
Kent State has established a vaccine committee that is working on the university’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccines. This work is conducted in conjunction with the Kent City Health Department and the Portage County Combined General Health District. The Kent Campus may become a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in the future. Many of our Regional Campuses already are serving as distribution sites in their respective counties, following the protocols established by the state and their county boards of health.
However, it is expected to be months before the vaccine is widely available and in large enough supply to offer open vaccination events for the entire university community. Currently in Ohio, vaccines are being provided to selected priority groups based on guidelines established by the state.
If you are eligible to receive the vaccine through another COVID-19 vaccine provider in Ohio now or in the future, I strongly encourage you to get it. Our goal is to have everyone in the Kent State community protected against this deadly virus.
The vaccine is one important tool in this prevention strategy. However, even after receiving the vaccine, you need to continue to do your part to keep our entire community safe. Follow the Flashes Safe Seven safety practices – always wear a face covering, practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing, and avoid gatherings.
Remember that failure to follow the Flashes Safe Seven may be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and could result in disciplinary action.
Stay safe and let’s continue to take care of each other as we manage these challenging times together.
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee