Share:

COVID-19 Campus Update | 11:48 a.m.

Each week, the COVID-19 Response Team will be providing a university-wide update on the pandemic and campus operations. This will be delivered to your inbox by noon each Wednesday. Occasionally, you’ll receive time-sensitive updates from Miami at other times (e.g. governor’s updates, major policy changes, etc.). 

New this week

The Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks with two or more layers of washable fabric that cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly on the face. Going into more detail, the CDC recommends the public wear: 

  • Non-medical disposable masks
  • Masks that fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face
  • Masks made with breathable fabric such as cotton
  • Masks made with tightly woven fabric
  • Masks with two or three layers
  • Masks with inner filter pockets

The Ohio Department of Health has amended Ohio’s curfew to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for at least two weeks because COVID-related hospitalization has dropped below 3,500 for seven consecutive days. The curfew is contingent on hospital utilization statewide. Governor Mike DeWine announced the new curfew on Thursday, Jan. 28. The curfew means you should be home by 11 p.m. and stay there until 5 a.m. Campus facilities may adjust hours accordingly.

Latest data

The Miami University COVID-19 Dashboard includes the latest information on positive tests for students and employees; usage of quarantine and isolation rooms; and the color coding for individual residence halls. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back to see a snapshot of the campus’s status.

Testing update

  • Miami University completed its arrival testing early last week and immediately transitioned to its surveillance and wide-net testing program for students. Students, both on and off-campus, will be receiving emails with information on where and when they should report for testing. Students are required to comply.
  • Similar to the State of Ohio, Miami is using a color-coded alert system to identify the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in residence halls. Students living in a residence hall on a floor with a Level 4: Purple designation will be advised via email and placed on a Remain-in-Room plan until it is determined through our testing protocol that spread has been contained. More details can be found in the Healthy Together Guide

Vaccine update

We continue to work closely with the Ohio Department of Health and TriHealth to work toward being able to provide vaccines to our campus community. Please stay tuned for more details

If you have had COVID-19

We received a question about potential long term health effects from COVID-19, and what those who have had it should be aware of. Here is what we learned from our partners at TriHealth, and you can find additional information on the CDC website:

As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we have discovered that COVID-19 affects more organs than just the lungs including the brain, heart, and kidneys.  While most individuals recover from COVID-19 infection with no long-term side effects, some individuals may experience a range of lingering symptoms and/or complications that can range from mild to severe for weeks to months even with an initially mild case of COVID-19. 

Possible short and long-term symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Intermittent fever
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

Possible long-term complications

  • Inflammation of the heart muscle
  • Lung function abnormalities
  • Kidney function abnormalities
  • Problems with smell and taste
  • Sleep issues
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory
  • Depression, anxiety, changes in mood
  • Hair loss, rash

If you have had even a mild case of COVID-19, you should follow up with your doctor if you continue to experience any lasting symptoms.

Reminders

Please continue to wear masks, maintain six feet of physical distance, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands frequently.

- COVID Response Team