COVID-19 Testing Plan
Will COVID-19 testing be required of anyone during fall semester 2021?
- All students who live in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated or exempt from testing will be required to perform an at-home test one week before moving back to campus and must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing. 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.
- For fall, students living in residence halls who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from weekly testing. More information on how fully vaccinated students can submit proof of their vaccination status will be forthcoming.
- 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.
- 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.
- Random testing of students, faculty and staff will not be performed during fall semester, unless an increase in COVID-19 cases necessitates it.
- If someone is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, they should call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to schedule a COVID-19 test or 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 a test, available by appointment only.
- The health center offers daily testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic 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 in two to three days.
- 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 summer and 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.
- In most cases, this group will be given antigen testing with results available in 15 to 30 minutes to survey for potential cases of COVID-19. In certain cases and for certain competitions, a PCR test, which may take up to two days for results, may be required.
- 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.
- Should they need it, everyone from athletics also may take advantage of testing at the DeWeese Health Center, which offers screening and diagnostic testing using both rapid antigen and swab-and-send PCR tests.
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.