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.

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 documentation to support their exemptions. Details to follow.
  • 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.

As a reminder during spring semester 2021, Kent State offered a robust, high-frequency and high-volume testing plan to slow the spread of the virus and keep all Golden Flashes safe.  The spring plan included:

  • Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Residence Hall Students
    Following the university’s new administrative policy regarding epidemic, pandemic and community health requirements, students who lived in residence halls were 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. Find additional information about scheduling, location and protocol. Students who failed to comply with weekly testing requirements were subject to having their housing contracts canceled and/or being referred to the Office of Student Conduct for non-compliance. Questions can be sent to housing@kent.edu. Students also participated in at-home testing before returning to campus and testing at move-in.

  • Random Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff
    The university conducted required random testing with students who had in-person classes and selected groups of employees who were working on campus. Students who lived in the Kent community also were offered the opportunity for random testing. This group was important to test to prevent community spread.

  • Continued Testing Available
    COVID-19 testing is always available for all students, faculty and staff at DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. Additionally, testing at CVS Minute Clinic locations throughout the country is available through May 31, 2021.

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

From April 17 through the end of summer, the university will continue wastewater monitoring and at any time may require COVID-19 testing for all students living in residence halls if wastewater shows an increase in virus shed.

Ongoing Test Options

All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested often for the COVID-19 virus. There are currently various 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.
  • Any member of the general public can get a test from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through May 1, at the Midway Drive-In Theater, 2736 Ohio Rt. 59, Ravenna. All tests are conducted via drive-thru without people having to leave their vehicles. Testing is free and open to the public, with results back in one to two days. Testing is available to anyone with or without symptoms. No appointment or referral from a doctor is needed, but pre-registration is recommended to save time. Visit www.VisitHealthcare.com and click on “sign-up.”

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.
  • 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.