Testing and Prevention

Part of Kent State’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to make testing available so that individuals who have the virus can learn their status and isolate to prevent them from spreading the virus to others. Widespread testing is available for individuals to learn their status. 


For questions, call 330-672-2525, press 1 to report symptoms or press 2 for testing information, or email covid_testing@kent.edu.

A robust, high-frequency and high-volume testing plan is critical in slowing the spread of the virus and keeping all Golden Flashes safe. Testing opportunities and expectations will be enhanced for spring semester. Further details of the plan are forthcoming, however, here is what you can expect when you return in January:

  • Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Residence Hall Students
    Following the university’s new administrative policy regarding epidemic, pandemic and community health requirements, students who live in residence halls will be required to participate in our test plan. This method of high-frequency, high-volume testing has been proven to prevent outbreaks on other college campuses. Students who are unwilling to participate in testing, must connect with Residence Services regarding cancellation of your housing contract. To avoid spring housing charges, students must cancel their housing contract and complete the checkout process before Jan. 17. Questions can be sent to housing@kent.edu. Students who fail to comply with weekly testing requirements may have their housing contract cancelled and/or be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for non-compliance.

  • Random Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff
    The university will also conduct required random testing with students who have in-person classes and selected groups of employees who are working on campus. Students who live in the Kent community but do not have in-person classes will also be offered the opportunity for random testing. This group is important to test to prevent community spread.

  • Continued Testing Available
    For the duration of spring semester, testing of asymptomatic and symptomatic students, staff and faculty will continue at the DeWeese Health Center and at CVS Minute Clinic sites throughout the country.

  • Wastewater Testing
    Kent State will be participating in wastewater testing in support of the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network.

Extra test option: Open covid-19 testing at field house

Kent State and the city of Kent have been working with the Ohio Department of Health to bring large-scale testing to Kent. The events, which had been postponed, are now scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Jan. 29. This will provide an opportunity for all, especially faculty, staff and students who live off campus, to have access to testing. This testing will occur on both days from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kent State Field House, 2227 Summit St., Kent.

Ongoing Test Options

All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested often for the COVID-19 virus. There are currently three main ways for members of the Kent State community to get a COVID-19 test via :

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.
  • Results

2. Free testing offered by Kent State through CVS Health, available by  appointment only

3. Rapid antigen testing will be available to 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.

  • This group will receive instructions for testing from their coaches or staffs.
  • This is a saliva test with results provided within minutes.
  • Everyone from athletics also is encouraged to take advantage of other available testing at the DeWeese Health Center, through the CVS Health program or by the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team.

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.

  • Any Kent State student, staff or faculty member can be tested at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus, through the CVS Health program at any Minute Clinic, or by the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team when it offers open testing. CVS testing at the Kiva is only for individuals who are selected for random screening testing.
  • Additionally, any member of the general public may be tested at an Ohio Pandemic Testing Team site.
  • Athletics testing is limited to student-athletes, athletics staff and others who will be present on game day, including members of the marching band, cheerleading and dance squads, and their personnel.

There are various ways to get tested for COVID-19 at Kent State because getting tested is so important. 

Here’s why: 

  • 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.
  • With the holidays approaching, getting tested is the only way to know if you are COVID-19 free if you plan to spend time with elderly relatives or other vulnerable family members. 
  • 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.
  • All testing done through the CVS Health program, by the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team or through Kent State Athletics is at no charge. 
  • The DeWeese Health Center will bill your health insurance for your test, but there is no out-of-pocket cost for this test.
  • Additionally, all COVID-19 testing and treatment is completely covered by all Kent State employee medical plans offered through Medical Mutual with a doctor’s order.