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Miami University considering possibility of coronavirus delaying fall return

Alexander Alexeenko - 02.04.20

On February 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the global spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) makes it virtually likely that an outbreak will occur in the United States. The University of Miami closely monitors COVID-19 developments at the national and international levels, together with Tri-Health, Butler and Ohio County Department of Health and CDC.

Protecting the health and safety of all members of our community from coronavirus is the top priority. Controlling the spread of coronavirus infectious disease presents real challenges. The CDC recommends canceling all non-essential trips to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea due to significant outbreaks of coronavirus COVID-19 in these countries.


In response to CDC recommendations, Colleges and Universities in the United States began to cancel studies abroad and overseas trips. Miami University is not an exception. Cancellation of a trips: earlier this year, Miami University canceled all university-sponsored trips to China for the remainder of the semester. Following CDC recommendations, Miami University is currently canceling all University-funded trips to South Korea, Italy, and Iran for the remainder of the semester. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC in deciding whether to add or remove countries from the cancellation list. Find the latest CDC Level 3 Travel Alert information.

Ohio State issued a home stay order that began on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Higher education was recognized as a necessary business. Key staff members are expected to report on schedule. All others remain in a state of remote work. It is expected that those who work remotely will maintain normal working hours.

1. Miami University against coronavirus

To support students and the vital campus services, core staff continues to report, and it is important that they measure their temperature before leaving home and if they have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath to stay home. The temperature of the main catering and building maintenance workers is measured on arrival at the campus, and there is no need to measure it at home.

All other employees, we strongly recommend that you stay at home if you intend to come to the campus - even you have a quick stop, you need to first control the temperature, and if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you can not come to Miami University campus.

All classes are delivered remotely. Because of coronavirus, there are no classes on campus. Teachers are strongly encouraged to teach from home if possible. Miami University support services are face to face closed and switched to remote delivery.

2. Miami University coronavirus infection. Campus access

Academic and administrative buildings are accessible only by card. From Saturday, March 21, at 17:00, only students who have received permission remain in the dormitories. The students who are discharged and will not return this semester, appropriate payment accommodation and meals will be provided.

Pulley Diner and The Emporium at Armstrong Student Center are open. Possible to takeaway dinners for students who have permission to stay on campus. All other dining rooms are closed.

Anyone in the Miami University or their family and loved ones who have tested positive for coronavirus, all hearts and thoughts turn to you, Miami University wish you a complete and speedy recovery. The Butler County Department of Health is working to reach anyone who is thought to be in close contact with an infected person.

3. Flu shots and coronavirus

This is the season of flu and respiratory illness. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine if you haven’t already done this season, taking daily preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, and taking antiviral flu drugs if prescribed.
Thank you for doing your best to protect your health and the health of the University of Miami community. We also thank you in advance for remembering that you are kind: some of teachers, staff, and students have family members, close colleagues, and / or friends in places where coronavirus COVID-19 outbreaks occur and may require support.

The best prevention against coronavirus, flu, or the common cold is to follow personal hygiene rules:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It is especially important to wash your hands:
  • Before, during and after cooking.
  • Before eating and after using the bathroom.
  • After processing cash.
  • More often when someone in your home is sick.
  • Before / after smoking / vaping.
  • Before / after using public computers.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your hand or elbow.
  • Clean door handles, switches, and other places where you usually touch them with disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are ill.

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