Butler County and Miami University officials are investigating two possible cases of coronavirus at Miami.
The people had recently traveled to and returned from China, officials said. They are in isolation and “not severely ill,” officials said in a news release.
Samples from their tests were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday.
Officials said that, unless someone has recently traveled from China or been near someone ill with the new virus, their risk is low.
In an email to the Miami community, officials said a student went to the Student Health Services with “very mild symptoms” on Monday after recently traveling to China. The student “met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing,” and officials expect results from the CDC “in the coming days.”
The student and his traveling companion are being isolated in their residence that is away from campus awaiting the test results, the email said.
Miami has set up a call center for those seeking more information. That number is 513-529-9000.
Miami also announced on Tuesday that its men’s basketball game scheduled for Tuesday and women’s basketball game scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed to a date to be determined later. The school did not give a reason for the postponements.
The Miami system enrolled 2,334 students from China in fall 2019, which makes it by far the largest foreign student population. The No. 2 country is Vietnam, with 108 students enrolled at Miami. Students come from 82 countries, according to the school.
About a dozen Miami University Regional campus students in Hamilton and Middletown list their residence near the area in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China where the outbreak began in December, according to school officials. It’s unclear how many of those students returned home for winter break and how many remained in the U.S.
Miami students had a six-week break from the fall to spring semester, which began classes on Monday. Final exams for the fall semester ended on Dec. 14.
Officials are asking those who traveled to China and are experiencing symptoms to contact their doctor before traveling to the doctor’s office. Miami students experiencing the same are asked to contact Student Health Services at 513-529-3000 before seeking care.
The Butler County General Health District has produced a fact sheet about the virus.
“This is what public health does and why we train,” Jennifer Bailer, health commissioner for the Butler County General Health District, said in a news release. “Our staff, officials at Miami University and the Ohio Department of Health are taking every precaution to keep the community safe.
“The same precautions that protect against catching and spreading the flu are likely to be helpful for this respiratory virus: Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your nose and eyes, cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze and don’t go to work if ill. Displaying compassion to all people will be vital as the situation evolves.”