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Portage County Level 4

Portage County rises to COVID-19 Level 4 Purple status

Gina Butkovich Lauren Sasala December 3, 2020

Portage County has moved to Level 4 ‘Purple’ status. Level 4 is the highest risk level and represents significant spread and exposure of COVID-19. Level 4, or Purple, is the highest level of the four-tier,...

Lines of students extended near Risman Dr. on Kent State’s campus. Photo by Mason Lawlor.

Kent State holds open COVID-19 testing Sunday before uncertain Thanksgiving holiday

Mason Lawlor Reporter November 16, 2020

Kent State University hosted free, on-site COVID-19 testing on Sunday in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Both students and local residents waited hours to get tested, with lines stretching from the university’s...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. 

DeWine addresses the state, makes three additions to the statewide mask mandate

Gina Butkovich Managing editor November 11, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine made three additions to the statewide mask mandate in an address to Ohioans on Wednesday.  In addition to encouraging anyone leaving their house to wear a mask, DeWine said every...

Customers at Water Street Tavern drinking at one of the designated tables as part of the social distancing protocol on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Kent bars continue to struggle financially as Halloween approaches

Mason Lawlor Reporter October 25, 2020

The streets of downtown Kent will be unusually quiet this Halloween season as bars and pubs throughout the city are dealing with major financial losses due to Portage County remaining in Level Three risk...

Courtesy of the Burr Magazine. 

Voting initiative on campus working to foster civic engagement

The General Elections are rapidly approaching; however, there are still a lot of questions and worries about the best way to vote. Safety concerns due to the pandemic are leading more voters to request...

OPINION: “Where’s Todd?” reveals students’ dissatisfaction with university’s handling of threats to their lives

Lyndsey Brennan Reporter October 5, 2020

Last semester I conducted an interview with a May 4 survivor that chilled me.I had gone into the interview naïve, hoping to hear about healing and forgiveness. Instead, what I heard was disbelief, disgust...

Students wait in line for COVID-19 testing Friday at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. After increased cases of COVID-19 at Kent State University, mass testing was brought to campus.

Ohio National Guard offers mass COVID-19 testing

Chris Ramos Reporter October 3, 2020

Partnering with the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team, the university offered students free coronavirus testing at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement on Friday. The testing team on campus was...

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Portage County is now in a COVID-19 Level 3 Red status, which indicates very high exposure and spread of the virus. 

Blame goes to Kent State students for rise in Portage County’s COVID-19 level

Sara Crawford Opinions Editor September 22, 2020

Blame for Portage County’s rise to a COVID-19 Level 3 Red status on September 17 is being laid squarely at the feet of Kent State students who live and play off campus, including some in fraternities...

Diacon asks students to ‘take responsibility’ for slowing COVID-19 spread

Troy Pierson Reporter September 22, 2020

Kent State President Todd Diacon and Kent City Health Commissioner Joan Seidel stated in an email the rise in COVID-19 cases is attributable to gatherings off-campus, and that students attending these...

Coach Sean Lewis posted this statement urging the MAC to reconsider the postponement of the fall football season to the spring, Sept. 17.

Kent State football players push for fall season

Nicholas Pedone Sports reporter September 19, 2020

When Kent State’s football team became one of the first Division I programs to cancel their spring practices out of precaution for the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty loomed around Dix Stadium.“The...

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Portage County is now in a COVID-19 Level 3 Red status, which indicates very high exposure and spread of the virus. 

Portage County rises to COVID-19 Level 3 Red status

Gina Butkovich Lauren Sasala September 17, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Portage County is now in a COVID-19 Level 3 Red status, which indicates very high exposure and spread of the virus. “The majority of cases are being driven by activities in...

All Ohio high school sports can go forward this year, with an option for some fall sports like football to be delayed until the spring if schools wish, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

Conservative lawmaker says Ohio governor should be impeached

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP August 24, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should be impeached over his handling of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a conservative GOP House lawmaker said Monday.Cincinnati...

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