Health departments are still required to investigate outbreaks of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 using an at home test, you should report to your local health department.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic started in the 2020 Spring Semester, Kent State University reacted swiftly to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 

We converted to online classes and had nearly all our faculty and staff work from home. Then, cautiously over the next two years, we brought our campuses back to normal operations and a robust in-person experience. 

As we have reached the point that this pandemic is no longer considered a national public health emergency, COVID-19 management now falls under the umbrella of the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus, for treatment along with all other illnesses. 

All information on COVID-19 testing, treatment, vaccinations and boosters is available at DeWeese. COVID-19 test kits also will remain available at locations across campus while supplies last through the 2023 Fall Semester. 

Any member of our Kent State community diagnosed with COVID-19 is asked to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to isolate at home. It is recommended that students living in residence halls, if possible, return home to isolate themselves. The university will continue to monitor wastewater from our residence halls and issue warnings to those halls whose samples show a spike in the COVID-19 virus. 

As of May 15, 2023, the university’s COVID Response Team will no longer be operating. The email and the phone number 330-672-2525 will no longer accept messages. The university is no longer requesting that members of our community report a positive COVID-19 test. However, anyone who tests positive for the virus using an at-home test should report their case to their local health department.