Our priority is the safety of our students, employees, and visitors so there are certain protocols in place and are explained on this site.  This is your hub for resources as we define the “new normal” for students, staff and faculty at Rhodes State. See the Protocols section of Campus and Building Access Procedure if you have been exposed or have COVID.  

Vaccinations

Rhodes State College encourages everyone who is eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccination (Note: Some clinical sites may require proof of vaccination. Contact your health program for more information).  The state has created an online tool (https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/) to help Ohioans identify vaccine distribution sites in their communities. Additional information about the state’s vaccine distribution plan is available on the Ohio Department of Health website.  Also, click here for additional information from the CDC for when you've been fully vaccinated.  

Covid Exposure

If exposed or test positive for COVID, students should email studentaffairs@rhodesstate.edu and employees should email hr@rhodesstate.edu. See the Protocols section of Campus and Building Access Procedure for additional directions.

Covid Testing Available

At Home COVID-19 Rapid Tests are available, at no cost, to any employee or student. Tests may be obtained through Safety & Security as supplies are available.  Directions on how to take the test are available via the QR code (on the box) or at https://ohio.emed.com/.  

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits are also available (four per address) at covidtests.gov. You may also find them at area libraries, fire departments and other public buildings as distributions are announced in the media.

If you purchase COVID-19 Test Kits online or in a store, your health insurance will either cover the costs (up to $12 per kit with a limit of eight per insured person per month) at the time of purchase or you will be able to be reimbursed with your receipts. Check with your insurance provider to see if are covered at the time of purchase or if you will be reimbursed.

Rhodes State employees participating in the College’s health insurance can get COVID-19 Test Kits at Walmart or Rite Aid pharmacies, free at the time of purchase. 

Testing is also available through the Allen County Public Health COVID-19 Testing | Allen County Public Health.

Campus Access

Masks

With the recent updates from the CDC regarding mask guidelines, Rhodes State College has updated its mask requirement.  The College will continue to follow the Allen County COVID-19 Community Level as defined by the CDC.  You can check county levels here.    

Prior to coming on Campus

If you have any of these symptoms, please STAY HOME and follow up with your instructor or supervisor.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting or diarrhea

Physical Distancing

This practice of physical distancing includes but is not limited to classrooms, labs, common areas, entrance/exit areas of buildings, and offices. Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to and spreading viruses. 

Handwashing/Sanitizing

Regular handwashing with an antibacterial soap is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. The CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. In addition, hand sanitizer stations are available throughout buildings and individuals are encouraged to sanitize upon entering and exiting buildings and throughout the day.

Food/Drink

The cafeteria is closed but coffee and snacks are available at the Mercy Health Café located in Webb Building at OSU.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm. Vending machines also available.  

Computer Labs

The Academic Success Center, located in Science 240, is available, Monday - Thursday, 8am-8pm and Friday, 8am-5pm.  Additionally, a Wi-Fi designated Parking Lot F is available.   

CDC Website