After 27 Miami University student-athletes from assorted school sports teams tested positive for COVID-19, the Butler County General Health District has ordered that all student-athletes who have returned to Oxford, and the coaches and staff who have had contact with them, quarantine for 14 days.
Many of those 27 students, but not all, had attended an off-campus social gathering over a week ago, says the school. The goal of the blanket quarantine is to make sure no one will be missed during contact tracing.
“As we know, the COVID-19 virus can spread quickly between people and infect groups of people in a hurry. This disease is serious. In young adults it is often mild, but has the potential to become critical for those with underlying disease or other risk factors," said Jennifer Bailer, Health Commissioner for Butler County General Health District.
"One of the main functions of public health is to identify persons who have been in contact with COVID-19 cases as quickly as possible and ask them to quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. This helps in preventing the disease to spread any further."
Miami began its fall semester on Aug. 17 with remote learning options, with in-person classes slated to begin on Sept. 21. The Mid-American Conference, of which Miami is part, also announced it would be postponing its fall sports season on Aug. 8.
"My concern for the health of all of our student-athletes is paramount," said David Sayler, director of athletics, in a release. "I am disappointed that poor judgment has led to this quarantine order and put in jeopardy our efforts to have our teams study and practice together."