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Miami U. reports 704 students, 2 staff have tested positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:23:52-04

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University reports that 704 students and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 17, with many tests still pending.

Officials announced 132 new student cases Wednesday, shortly after Miami University announced it would require all students to be tested for COVID-19 as the number of positive cases climb daily.

At this time, Miami is holding online classes with plans to move students into residence halls on Sept. 14 and resume in-person lectures on Sept. 21. Butler County General Health District officials have concluded that many of these new cases were spread through off-campus parties and gatherings.

According to the Health District, Ohio saw an increase in cases following the Memorial Day holiday weekend. With that in mind, Miami and health officials urge students to stay in for Labor Day.

“This means we must comply with all of the all of the Healthy Miami standards by wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings of 10 people or more," said Miami University President Gregory Crawford in a news release. "This weekend, we urge our students to be in full compliance with these standards and implore them not to be tempted to attend parties or other large gatherings.”

For a daily case breakdown, check Miami's COVID-19 dashboard here.