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. 

Questions?

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

All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested often for the COVID-19 virus. There are currently four 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.
  • These tests are nasal swabs with results back in two to three days.

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

  • Symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals may take advantage of testing at any CVS Minute Clinic that offers COVID-19 testing nationwide, including the CVS pharmacy in Kent, located at 500 S. Water St.
    • Schedule your test via the CVS website.
      • Select the option ‘is your employer or university sponsoring a CVS testing program and paying for your test? Schedule now’.
      • You will need your banner ID to complete the information.
    • These are drive-up and walk-in appointments for those who do not have access to a car. 
    • These are nasal self-swab tests with results back in two to three days.
  • Any student, staff or faculty member may get tested at the Kent Student Center Kiva on the Kent Campus from Nov. 16-20.
    • Schedule your test via the CVS website.
      • Select the option ‘is your employer or university sponsoring a CVS testing program and paying for your test? Schedule now’.
      • You will need your banner ID or student ID to complete the registration.
    • Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  An appointment is needed.
    • These are nasal self-swab tests with results provided within 15 minutes.

3. Free testing at an Ohio Pandemic Testing Team site by Ohio National Guard medical personnel, as available. 

  • Check back for future times and location details.
  • These are nasal swab tests with results provided within two to three days.

4. 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. 
 

  • 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.

Know Before You Go – Get Tested

We strongly encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 before attending family gatherings for Thanksgiving or traveling over the holiday. It is crucial that we do our part to not spread the virus to those more vulnerable, such as elderly relatives, and others you may encounter over the holiday. This is particularly important for those who plan to travel throughout Ohio and to other states for Thanksgiving. Know your status so you don’t unwittingly infect others. 

Testing will take place in the Kiva from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16-20.

  • You will need to schedule a time in advance for a test, as slots are likely to fill up fast, and testers won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins. You may call 401-602-4838 to schedule a test or use this link www.cvs.com/employertesting to login and register for your test and schedule an appointment. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
  • Because this is free, open testing, this is a good opportunity to bring spouses or other family members who may want to get tested. Please plan to attend so that you know your status and can celebrate Thanksgiving safely. This event also will include a flu shot clinic so that you can be protected from what could be a serious flu season on top of the pandemic.

DeWeese health center testing


CVS Health testing

  • For testing at the Kent Student Center Kiva, results are provided within minutes on site.
  • For testing at a Minute Clinic, CVS staff will call you with results within two to three days, or you can create an account on CVS’ patient portal.

Ohio Pandemic Testing Team/Ohio National Guard

The Kent City Health Department manages the results from these community testing events.

  • Results are available within two to three days. Anyone who tests positive will be contacted by the health department.  
  • The health department will mail results to those who test negative.
  • You can also create an account by using the patient portal at MAKO Medical, the lab that processes the test results. 
  • For additional questions, call the Kent City Health Department at 330-678-8109.

Athletics Testing

Results are provided on site within minutes. 


Next Steps

Any student receiving a positive test result will be asked to isolate to prevent the spread of the virus. Students who test positive will be allowed to return to their residence hall room to pick up their essential items and then will report to isolation. Students have the option of returning to their permanent residence, although this is discouraged, and students should make this decision with their family after giving consideration to the risk of exposing other family members.

Results from all testing will be provided to Kent State and the Kent City Health Department.

Isolation Questions and Answers

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  • 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.