COVID-19 Testing Plan
Will COVID-19 testing be required of anyone during fall semester 2021?
- All students who live in residence halls were required to perform an at-home test one week before moving back to campus.
- Students who live in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated or exempt from testing must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing, provided by Visit Healthcare, beginning the week of Aug. 23.
- Fully vaccinated residence hall students and those who are exempt due to having tested positive for COVID-19 within the prior 90 days will have to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated.
- As part of Kent State’s phased-in COVID-19 vaccine requirement, beginning Sept. 1, 2021, testing will be expanded to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus; unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested weekly.
- Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated students in residence halls will be tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students will be tested once a week.
- Beginning Sept. 1, 2021, we will expand our testing efforts to include sample testing of unvaccinated employees.
- Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated employees will be tested once a week.
Where to Test
- On the Kent Campus, Visit Healthcare will be testing Monday through Friday at these locations:
- Ice Arena: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Eastway Lounge: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- MACC 3rd Floor Loge: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Dunbar Hall Conference Room: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- No appointment required.
- Pre-register in advance with Visit Healthcare at www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/kent to expedite the testing process is recommended.
- The test is a swab and send PCR test and results will be sent to students the following day.
BinaxNOW Self-Test Kits
- BinaxNOW self-test kits are available for free to any member of the Kent State Community, as supplies last.
- BinaxNow test kits are available to anyone who requests a kit, including people who live in the community.
- No ID is required to pick up a test kit.
- Test kits are provided by the Ohio Department of Health and are at no cost to the individual.
- There is a limit of four test kits per week, per person.
- There is no paperwork associated with these test kits, and you do not need to sign to get one.
- There is an insert in each kit with instructions on what to do if a person tests positive.
- The test can be picked up at the following Kent Campus locations:
- Henderson Hall, Room 216
- Moulton Hall, Room 131
- University Libraries first floor circulation desk
- Kent Student Center information desk
- Beverly J. Warren Student Wellness and Recreation Center welcome desk
- Center for Visual Arts, Room 240
- Center for Performing Arts, Room B141
- Bowman Hall, Room 105
- Cartwright Hall, Room 145
- White Hall, Room 408
- On the Regional Campuses, at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at the following locations:
- Ashtabula: Main Hall in the Student Service Office near the front entrance.
- Geauga: Security Office, Room 168
- East Liverpool: Front desk, second flood, Purinton Hall
- Salem: Front desk in the main lobby near the student lounge
- Stark: Library (Learning Resource Center)
- Trumbull: Student Services Building Lobby (look for signage)
- Tuscarawas: Science & Advanced Technology Center, Room 117
- Twinsburg Academic Center: Security Office, Room 224
Monitoring and Testing
- For fall, students living in residence halls who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from weekly testing.
- Throughout the fall semester, Kent State will continue to monitor wastewater from campus housing to look for spikes in virus shed to identify possible outbreaks.
- Symptomatic COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for all students, faculty and staff.
- Additionally, faculty and staff and their dependents covered by the university’s Medical Mutual health insurance will have COVID-19 testing fully covered by any provider, such as pharmacies or urgent care centers, if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Students, faculty and staff should go to Visit Healthcare on Kent campus for asymptomatic screening testing.
- If someone is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, they should call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians.
HOW TO GET A COVID-19 TEST: OPTIONS
All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested for the COVID-19 virus if they are showing symptoms. There are currently several ways for members of the Kent State community to get a COVID-19 test.
1. DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment with a clinician.
- The health center offers daily testing for symptomatic individuals.
- Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- No appointments are available between noon and 1 p.m.
- These tests are nasal swabs. Health center staff will call you with test results.
- For questions regarding results, call the nurse line at 330-672-2326.
- You also may create an account at Quest Diagnostics, the lab processing results for the health center.
2. Athletics Testing
- During the fall of 2021, Kent State student-athletes, athletics staff and auxiliary groups that are part of sporting events, including members of the marching band, cheerleading and dance squads, and their personnel will undergo COVID-19 testing in accordance with athletics rules and procedures which are governed by the NCAA and MAC. This group will receive instructions for testing from their coaches and staff.
- Athletics will continue to perform surveillance testing for all those involved with sports that are in season and will test a percentage of those who are involved in athletics whose sports are not in season.
- Those in athletics who are fully vaccinated are not required to test.
In addition, anyone can contact their primary care physician, go to an urgent care location or go to a hospital emergency room for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing.
Please note: The Ohio Department of Health also provides a list of where testing is taking place throughout the state.
Reasons for Getting a COVID-19 Test
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested to find out if you have the virus to prevent spreading it to others.
- During this global pandemic, testing is part of the university’s overall strategy to identify those who have the virus, but may not have any symptoms, and are unknowingly spreading the virus to others.
- We can’t stop the spread of COVID-19 without knowing who has it and isolating them until they are no longer contagious.
- Unless you get tested, you can’t know if you have COVID-19.
- While you may not get ill from the virus, you could spread it to someone who could become seriously ill, require hospitalization or even die from the virus.
- Getting tested is the only way to know if you are COVID-19, free if you plan to spend time with others who are more physically vulnerable or who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Getting tested helps all of us to stay true to Kent State’s core values. Respecting others means respecting their health and well-being and not being reckless about spreading COVID-19.
- Getting tested is one of the best ways that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.