Covid-19 Information

USE OF FACIAL COVERINGS

In the State of Ohio, facial coverings (masks) are recommended to be worn by individuals that are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and are required by anyone using public transportation. The safety of City residents, guests, business owners, and patrons is best protected when using facial coverings.

Facial coverings are recommended: 

  • By unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals: 
    • in indoor areas accessible to the public.
    • inside a retail business establishment
    • customers in restaurants and bars when not at their table
    • in office spaces open to the public when they are inside the establishment
    • customers of personal care and grooming businesses
    • in outdoor areas accessible to the public
  • But are still required at all times for everyone on public transportation, including buses and other forms of transportation

COVID-19 TESTING

COVID-19 testing is an important component to slowing the spread of disease in a community. Testing supplies continue to be limited as Delta variant cases increase dramatically. To find local testing, click here.

Kent City Health Department has Binax at-home COVID-19 testing kits available while supplies last. If you would like to pick up a test kit, please call 330-678-8109. These tests provide rapid results and allow for fasting quarantine/isolation measures if required. Be advised that a smartphone is required to complete the test, which is proctored to assure accuracy in reporting results.

COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

Kent City Health Department is now able to provide the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to eligible individuals. If you would like to get vaccinated, please sign up here.

Even if you are vaccinated, you will still need to follow public health guidance for reducing the spread of COVID-19 such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. Until more people are vaccinated, we must continue to practice these safe public health measures. 

Press Releases

January 14, 2021: Kent City Health Department Vaccination Update

September 8, 2021: Kent City Health Department to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines to Eligible Individuals

Kent City Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

While COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new, they have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Thousands of people have participated in clinical trials testing the vaccine against rigorous standards. There will be many questions about the vaccine from side effects to how to prepare for the injection: COVID-19 FAQ

Are you preparing your staff or coworkers to be offered the vaccine? Get started with an informational and professional presentation with an overview of the study, what to expect, and common questions: COVID-19 Presentation

Misinformation spreads quickly and can oftentimes overshadow the facts. Make sure you and your friends and family know those facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact Part 1        COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact Part 2

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from Others

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Tool (Use to check local providers)

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard (Use to check vaccine rollout progress)

COVID-19 REPORTS

2020

2020 COVID-19 Annual Report - City of Kent

2020 COVID-19 Kent City Overview Infographic

October 18, 2020, COVID-19 Testing Final Report (Stanton Middle School testing event)

2021

January 28-29 2021 COVID-19 Testing Final Report (Kent State Fieldhouse)


Frequently Asked Questions

I have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or feel I may have been exposed, what do I do now?


  1. I have been fully vaccinated and have no symptoms – If you are separated from the positive person plan to test 3-5 days after last contact. If you remain asymptomatic you may continue your usual routines, including work and school. You must wear a mask when out of your house.  If you test non-detected continue usual routines with masking and continue monitoring for COVID symptoms for a full 14 days.
  2. I have been fully vaccinated but I have symptoms – Stay home, separate from others in your home. Obtain a test as soon as you can. Plan on isolating for a full 10 days since the start of your symptom onset.
  3. I am not vaccinated and I have no symptoms - If you were exposed in the K-12 classroom setting you may continue to attend classes, but must refrain from sports or other activities for a full 14 days since last exposure.  Test as soon as possible and again on days 5-7. Quarantine during this time. If you test non-detected you may return to usual routines, continue masking and continue monitoring for symptoms for a full 14 days.
  4. I am not vaccinated but I do have symptoms - Plan to stay home, away from others. Get tested. If non-detected, arrange for an appointment with your doctor to rule out other illnesses like Strep throat, flu, or RSV.

I have symptoms of COVID, what should I do?

Whether vaccinated or not vaccinated plan to isolate for 10 days from symptom onset. Obtain a test to verify the diagnosis.

Am I a close contact?

Close contact is someone who has spent 15 minutes or less than 6 feet of a medically diagnosed case.

If you have been identified as a contact of a medically diagnosed case the Professional Consulting Group, PCG, will attempt to reach you for symptom monitoring. The easiest way is to sign up for text messaging symptom checks.

I don’t believe my test result what should I do?

Check with lab who did your test to make sure the test was entered correctly and ask if they can rerun your sample. You cannot test out of isolation so additional testing will not be helpful.