All Miami University student-athletes quarantined after 27 positive COVID-19 tests

Many attended an off-campus gathering in early August
Posted at 9:31 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 21:31:46-04

OXFORD, Ohio — Citing an abundance of caution, the Butler County General Health District ordered all Miami University student-athletes who have returned to campus into quarantine for 14 days after 27 positive COVID-19 tests were reported.

"Miami University is fully supportive of and cooperating with the Butler County General Health District. We have worked with them throughout the pandemic to help safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff and communities," said Miami University President Gregory Crawford.

Many of those who tested positive attended an off-campus social gathering in early August, according to school officials.

"My concern for the health of all of our student-athletes is paramount," said Miami University director of athletics David Sayler. "I am disappointed that poor judgment has led to this quarantine order and put in jeopardy our efforts to have our teams study and practice together."

All coaches and staff who encountered student-athletes who tested positive will also be quarantined.

The university reported 12 positive cases among students in the first week of classes.

Like other Mid-American Conference teams, Miami University cancelled fall sports because of concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.