Butler County Investigating COVID-19 Cases Linked to Miami University Student Social Gatherings

The five confirmed cases are thought to have stemmed from social gatherings held between May 8 and May 16

click to enlarge Stoddard Hall at Miami University - Photo: CC BY-SA 4.0 // EEJCC
Photo: CC BY-SA 4.0 // EEJCC
Stoddard Hall at Miami University

The Butler County General Health District has issued a release saying it is investigating several cases of COVID-19 contracted by Miami University students with possible links to off-campus social gatherings.

The cases are thought to have stemmed from social gatherings held between May 8 and May 16.

The Butler County General Health District release asks any student who attended an off-campus social gathering within those dates to self-monitor for 14 days, and continue to practice other health and safety guidelines such as social distancing, wearing masks, and washing and sanitizing hands often.

Though the state of Ohio has entered the preliminary phases of reopening, the risks surrounding social events such as off-campus gatherings are still prevalent as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19.

“We want everyone potentially exposed to be aware so they can self-monitor and get tested quickly to reduce potential further spread. Should you receive a call from the Health District, we encourage your complete cooperation,” said Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer in the release.

Miami University is aware of the ongoing situation and recently released a message to students, parents and associated organizations regarding the importance of the continued practice of state, local and federal health and safety guidelines. 

According to nbc4i.com, Kimberly Moore, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, sent out a notice on Friday, saying, in part: "I write to inform you that recently five students, living off-campus, tested positive for COVID-19.

The  Butler County General Health District is contacting people who have been in contact with the five infected students. 

“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 diseases or other risk factors,” Commissioner Bailer reiterated.

Bailer indicated that Miami University has been fully cooperative with their investigation in order to prevent the disease from spreading to any other students.

Should you experience any symptoms or been possibly exposed to COVID-19, you should call your health care provider, an urgent care or emergency room for information on how to get tested. 

Questions on COVID-19 can be answered by the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-427-5634 or by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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