Posted Jan. 30, 2020

On Monday, January 27, 2020, Miami University of Ohio announced two possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in two students who had recently returned from China. The students have been isolated and tested and are awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.

There are currently no suspected cases at Lakeland Community College. The threat to the general public, including students at Lakeland is still considered low.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in coordination with the CDC, is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The first case in the United States was announced January 21, 2020, in Washington state, and cases have been confirmed in multiple states since then. There are ongoing investigations by the CDC and ODH to learn more. ODH is providing guidance to local health districts, healthcare providers, and state partners.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2014 and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and now with 2019-nCoV.

The United States started screening travelers arriving from Wuhan on January 17, 2020. Currently, CDC staff are conducting screening of travelers from China at 20 U.S. airports with quarantine stations.

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member planning to travel overseas (to China but also to other places), please follow the CDC Traveler's Health guidance here.

If you have recently been to Wuhan, or other areas affected by the outbreak, or have come into contact with an infected individual, please contact a healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cough.

Call the center before visiting to tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

If you are sick, always avoid contact with others to stop the spread of the virus and do not travel.

The best preventive steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a healthcare professional), and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Administrators throughout Lakeland Community College will continue to work closely with partners at both the Ohio Department of Health and our local health department to prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication.

As we learn more, please remember to always treat other students and community members with respect and compassion if they are suffering illness, whatever the cause.

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