KENT, Ohio — Kent State University is set to begin widespread COVID-19 testing on campus.
Beginning Monday, October 12, free testing will be available to students, staff and faculty who have symptoms and as well as for those who do not.
Testing has been available since the start of the semester for students who show signs of COVID-19 but widespread testing is an
effort to slow the spread.
"One of the things really that has been evolving is the rapid testing that was not available on a wide scale this summer. So, now having the ability to get results pretty much in real-time is a game-changer," said Manfred Van Dulmen, Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee.
Dozens of students at Kent State University are quarantining after possible exposure to the coronavirus, the university said.
The university has posted updates to the spread of the coronavirus based on the residential hall.
On Saturday, The Kent City Health Department notified 42 residents of Koonce Hall, on the ninth floor, that they must quarantine until Oct. 16.
The 42 students will remain in a separate section of Koonce Hall. Meals will be provided along with other university resources through the quarantine period.
Anyone testing positive has been moved to isolation.
Kent State made rooms available on campus in the case students in residence had to isolate or quarantine.
Centennial Court E
Also on Saturday, health officials notified 15 residents on the third floor of Centennial Court that they must quarantine until Oct. 10 due to possible exposure.
On Sept. 25, health officials notified 25 residents of Clark Hall on Kent State University that they must quarantine until Oct. 7 due to possible exposure to the coronavirus. The students have remained in a separate section of Clark Hall.
"I think it's concerning, but I think that they are doing everything they can to try and stop the spread of it," said Kent State University senior Gemma Trizzino.
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