Novel Coronavirus Information

covid 19 resources

COVID-19 Portage County Red Alert Press Release 9.17.20 (PDF)

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

Cancellation of Events through October 31st, 2020 (PDF)


The Kent City Health Department (KCHD) is committed to notifying, educating, and preparing Kent City residents for Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. KCHD continues to work with Kent State University, the Portage County Health District, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on plans and preparations for the safety of our communities. 

The use of masks is mandated in the state of Ohio and must be worn in all public places. The full public health order can be found here

Responsible Restart Ohio Guidance for restaurants and bars, personal services such as salons and barbers, retail, child care, and more can be found here

  • Businesses who desire to put their customers at ease regarding the safety measures taken to protect patrons can find out how to do so by visiting the SAFER Business page

Testing: Requirements to get tested for COVID-19 can be found via the Ohio Department of Health website here.

ODH Infosheet on COVID-19    English   Spanish   French   Somali   Arabic  

KCHD Memo Related to COVID-19

For a complete list of resources, please see below:

Portage County Health District

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Unemployment Insurance Benefits)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States Department of Agriculture 

For questions on COVID-19, please call the ODH call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. 

As of August 30, 2020, there are 115,806 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly but its impact can be lessened if we earnestly do the things we have heard repeatedly. As a reminder those things are:

  • Wear facial coverings when in public or cannot maintain proper social distancing
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol hand rub frequently
  • Clean high touch surfaces frequently, like doorknobs, keyboards, remotes, and cell phones
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Stay away from people you know to be ill
  • Get your flu shot
  • Keep your hands away from your face
  • Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or elbow
  • Stay away from large gatherings of people, maintain a six-foot distance from others

While COVID-19 is typically linked to older adults or those currently with health problems young, healthy individuals may still come down with the virus. We strongly urge everyone, of all ages, to adhere to the above recommendations.

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