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The university remains under a state of emergency given the impacts of COVID-19.

Every Buckeye plays an important part in taking care of each other. Because when Buckeyes are safe and healthy, we can stay focused on our endeavors — and on improving lives.

Learn what Ohio State is doing and how you can help keep yourself, and your family and friends, safe and healthy — whether you've returned to a campus or are continuing to work and study from home.

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The safety of our Ohio State community is the university’s top priority. During this extraordinary time, your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment are vital to our ability to remain on our campuses Together As Buckeyes.

The guidelines and requirements on this website have been created for our university communities on all Ohio State campuses by the COVID-19 Transition Task Force based on the recommendations of the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory subgroup. They are informed by the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and other authorities. 

Every Buckeye plays an important role in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. Together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. Buckeyes care for each other. It’s what we do. By working together, we can make our community safer for everyone — students, faculty, staff, visitors, fans and friends alike.

Latest updates

  • Oct. 20: The university announced new operations and protocols ahead of the first football game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Each home game Saturday, Buckeye fans will be encouraged to experience and enjoy a slice of game day through a Scarlet Saturday production, a live-streamed second-screen experience from inside Ohio Stadium, and that will also include pre-recorded band performances. Read more on the Athletics page.
  • Oct. 15: The university will transition the surveillance testing to an on-campus lab and scheduling/results delivery tool. This change will allow the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably. The university will begin to use this system in phases, starting in October and through January. Students will receive more information about when they should begin scheduling using Ohio State MyChart through their university email. Read more in the message to students from Dr Shivers and Dr Stone.
  • Oct. 7: The university is strongly encouraging faculty, staff and students to get a flu shot this season, which coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Oct. 5: The university supports maximum flexibility to help our faculty, staff and student employees balance the demands of work and home life during this COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on the accomodations page.
  • Sept. 16: A new detailed explanation of the metrics included in Ohio State's COVID-19 dashboard is available on the Dashboard Measures and Interpretations page.
  • Sept. 14: Beginning the week of September 21, graduate and professional students will be included in the university’s surveillance testing program while awaiting test results. Students tested as part of this program are not required to quarantine. More details will be provided to those who are eligible to be selected.
  • Sept. 14: New FAQs, including information about the timeline for isolation and quarantine, have been added to the Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine page.

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This website was last updated on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.

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Messages from leadership

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October 19, 2020

Because you are wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart and practicing good hygiene, Ohio State continues to be a leader in fighting COVID-19, and we are able to continue to be on campus together living, working, researching, teaching and learning.

This month, the university expanded testing to include selected...

October 15, 2020
Dear Student, To most efficiently and effectively serve our campus community and support our COVID- 19 testing needs, the university will transition the student surveillance testing to an oncampus lab and scheduling/results delivery tool. This change will allow the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably, and...
October 7, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This year, the flu and COVID-19 will be circulating at the same time, increasing the risk of being exposed to both viruses. The combination of the two viruses could be life-threatening.

This is why it is important — now more...