Novel Coronavirus Information

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. 

Due to the Stay at Home Order extended Thursday, April 2nd by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, this order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses until Friday, May 1st at 11:59pm. 

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KCHD Memo Related to COVID-19

Portage County Health District (PCHD) Memo Related to COVID-19


Visit the Ohio Department of Health website for information, resources, updates and a complete list of public health orders highlighting the types of establishments that will remain closed or limited to carry out and delivery food and beverage services during Governor Mike DeWine’s State of Emergency.   

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 April 2, 2020 there are 2,902 confirmed cases in Ohio, this designation emphasizes the need to press forward with prevention efforts. 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:

  • 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 that does not mean young, healthy individuals may not still come down with the virus. We strongly urge everyone to adhere to the above recommendations.

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