Kent State University provides an update on coronavirus dashboard, testing


KENT, Ohio (WJW)– Kent State University officials discussed its coronavirus dashboard and testing during a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

Kent State continues to deal with outbreaks for COVID-19 at the main campus while the state of Ohio also experiences record highs in the number of cases. Last week, 138 KSU students were asked to quarantine because of possible exposure to the virus. The week before, 110 students in Fletcher Hall also had to quarantine.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. I think everyone in the state of Ohio should be concerned,” said Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D., interim associate provost for academic affairs and interim dean of graduate studies.

Portage County remains in the red level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System, which measures an area’s coronavirus exposure and spread. If the level is raised, Kent State will take steps to further reduce the number of students on campus by moving as many classes as possible to remote. Some courses, like dance and art, cannot be held virtually so van Dulman said they will delay that as long as possible.

Van Dulman said the university and the city of Kent are working together on a communication strategy for Halloween. They asked people from out of town to stay away from Kent and students are reminded not to have large gatherings.

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