BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) – The Ohio Department of Health is investigating two possible cases of coronavirus in southwest Ohio.
Two students at Miami University were tested for the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to have results back by the end of the week.
Both students recently traveled to and returned from China, according to health officials. Both possible cases are not severely ill and are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of the illness.
The immediate health risk to the Miami campus community low, according to the Butler County General Health District.
Coronavirus symptoms are similar to the common cold or the flu. Usually, those with the illness have respiratory problems like a cough, shortness of breath, and a fever. Symptoms can appear anytime between two days and two weeks after exposure.
Speaking with 13abc last week, local health experts say the risk of coronavirus is very low. In fact, they say the only way to contract the disease is if you recently traveled to the infected areas of China or have been in close contact with someone who has.
The Lucas County Health Department said in a press release it collaborates closely with the University of Toledo and “will provide assistance if the ongoing outbreak affects us locally.”
BGSU said it is monitoring the situation. The university released a statement to its faculty, staff, and students, saying in part, “There are currently no BGSU-sponsored trips or research activities in the affected areas that would elevate the risk to the University community. We are monitoring the situation along with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Wood County Health Department and Falcon Health Center.
“We have been communicating with our international students from China, who have recently traveled internationally, to provide guidance and support. We have also been in contact with faculty who have returned from trips to China.”
The University of Toledo also released a statement, saying, “There have been no suspected cases of the virus reported at The University of Toledo or in the Toledo region. … UToledo had already been in communication with international students and faculty and scholars who may have traveled to China during winter break regarding the importance of monitoring their physical health during the next few weeks.”