Coronavirus: Miami restricts travel to China, moves summer programs

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School officials and health officials at Miami University and Butler County talked to the media on Tuesday regarding the possibility that two students may have come into contact with the coronavirus that is affecting thousands in China after recently traveling there.

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Miami University has restricted university-sponsored travel to China for all faculty, staff and students for several weeks amid coronavirus concerns, officials said.

Also, Miami announced today that three summer China programs this year will be redirected. One Miami student studying abroad in China has returned to the Oxford campus, and another student who planned to study in China this semester is staying in Oxford, officials said.

Miami University students wearing face masks as a precautionary measure were visible on campus Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Oxford. Miami University held a press conference regarding two possible cases of coronavirus in students who recently returned back from China. The cases are not confirmed but precautions are being taken. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Miami University students wearing face masks as a precautionary measure were visible on campus Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Oxford. Miami University held a press conference regarding two possible cases of coronavirus in students who recently returned back from China. The cases are not confirmed but precautions are being taken. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

On Monday, the first day of classes this semester, two Miami students complained of flu-like symptoms, and because they recently returned from China, they were tested for the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 170 people, all in China.

The university is awaiting the results of the tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency has a 24/7 hotline residents can call with questions regarding coronavirus. That number: 513-785-5800.