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Kent State begins COVID-19 'screening testing'; officials prepared to see increase in cases

The University began randomly selecting students for testing on Monday.

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, officials at Kent State University are increasing testing availability on campus. 

In a letter sent out to students, faculty and staff on Monday, the University detailed how, when, where and which students would be tested.

As a result of increased testing, the University says it is expecting more cases and is prepared to take the necessary safety precautions. 

"We are prepared for this increase and will follow our strategy for quarantine/isolation, including the use of rooms reserved for those in the residence halls who must isolate because of a positive test or who must quarantine as a close contact," the University's letter read. 

Beginning Monday, October 12, with the help of CVS representatives, the University will implement "screening testing" five days a week for more than 400 randomly selected students. The students selected will be notified via email. 

Testing is also available daily at KSU's DeWeese Health Center or at all CVS Minute Clinic locations across the United States. The service is offered free of charge to students and faculty through a CVS Health partnership

The increase in testing comes after just days after more than 100 students were told to quarantine due to potential Coronavirus exposure in one of the residence halls.

Additionally, the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team will host a drive-up testing event for the University and surrounding communities on Sunday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Stanton Middle School located at 1175 Hudson Road. 

The event is open to the public. 

For more information on testing at Kent State, click here