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Coronavirus test results from two individuals at Ohio's Miami University come back negative

Posted at 8:55 PM, Feb 02, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health announced Sunday that test results from two students at Miami University in Butler County for the 2019 novel coronavirus came back negative.

On Jan. 27, the Butler County General Health District reported that two students who had recently traveled to China required testing after meeting CDC criteria. The two students exhibited respiratory symptoms and were put in isolation until results came back showing they did not have the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There is now no one under investigation in Ohio.

“While we are pleased to announce these results are negative, we continue to remain vigilant. We are working closely with our local health departments and health care providers and will keep you apprised of this ever-changing situation," said ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “It’s also important to remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the general U.S. population contracting the novel coronavirus is low."

To prevent the spread of any virus including coronavirus, the Ohio Department of Health advises the practice of these preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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