OXFORD--A Miami University student is being tested, along with their travel companion, for the Coronavirus. The student reported to the Student Health Services with mild symptoms on Monday, and health officials say the pair, who recently traveled to China, met the criteria for further testing by the Centers for Disease Control. Both are being kept in isolation at their off- campus residence until the test results come back.
Here is the e-mail sent to the Miami community this morning:
On Monday morning, one student at Miami University presented at Student Health Services with very mild symptoms, and with their recent travel, met the criteria and are being tested for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health providers quickly recognized that the presenting patient met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing; results should be back from the CDC in the coming days. This student and his traveling companion are isolated in their off-campus residence while awaiting the test results. Miami and healthcare professionals continue to communicate and collaborate daily with the Butler County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health and are following their recommendations and protocols. We will share information with the community as it becomes available.
We are assisting and supporting these Miami students who are awaiting test results. We continue to work closely with local and state healthcare professionals and the Butler County Health District and Ohio Department of Health. If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to the impacted area, please first call Student Health Services at 513-529-3000 to receive guidance on next steps. Miami has set up a call center to address any general questions or concerns at 513-529-9000.
Meanwhile, we are still in flu season, and these precautions are recommended for both the flu and Coronavirus:
· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· It is especially important to wash your hands:
· Before, during, and after you prepare food.
· Before you eat and after you use the bathroom.
· After handling cash.
· More frequently when someone in your house is sick.
· Before/after smoking/vaping.
· Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
· Clean your doorknobs/light switches and areas commonly touched with disinfectant wipes frequently.
· Avoid contact with sick people.
Miami Health Services and Student Life professionals acted quickly with appropriate protocol, and we will continue to follow the best practices currently known. We have proactive partners in local and state healthcare. We will post updated information on myMiami as it becomes available. Please check announcements there regularly.
Vice President, Student Life
Director, Student Health Services