Officials say 2 potential Ohio cases tested negative for coronavirus

Dr. Amy Acton with the Ohio Department of Health provides an update to media. (WKRC)
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OXFORD, Ohio — The two potential cases of coronavirus in Ohio at Miami University have tested negative, state health officials said Sunday.

In a press conference with the Ohio Department of Health, the Butler County General Health District and Miami University, officials said no other people were under investigation in the state.

Last week, the Butler County General Health District reported the cases in the two students who recently traveled to China and met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for further testing.

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According to ODH, the students were showing respiratory symptoms at the school's health center. They had been isolated since then.

“While we are pleased to announce these results are negative, we continue to remain vigilant. We are working closely with our local health departments and health care providers and will keep you apprised of this ever-changing situation," said ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, in a press release.

“It’s also important to remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the general U.S. population contracting the novel coronavirus is low."

As of Sunday, there were nine confirmed cases in the United States — the latest being in California.

ODH says the virus is spread through respiratory droplets. For someone to become infected, they must generally be within six feet of someone who is contagious and have droplets land on them. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. For more information from the department of health, click here.

The virus has sickened more than 14,500 people globally, according to the Associated Press.

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