Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up | 3:18 p.m.

Dear Miami Community,

We are pleased to share that the seven-day average for positive COVID-19 cases on campus has dropped to 14.3 compared to 35.7 last week. This is a good indication that our strategies are working: Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up. By wearing masks both indoors and out, maintaining more than six feet of physical distance, avoiding large gatherings, and washing our hands frequently, each of us is helping control the spread of the virus. Thank you for doing your part.

As you may know, Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that 74% of Ohioans live in a county coded Red on the state’s Health Advisory System. Butler County is among those counties. This category reflects the significant spread of COVID-19 within our county and state.

We do not anticipate any immediate changes to campus operations; however, it is critically important that students, faculty and staff remain vigilant in our efforts; not only on campus but in our communities as well.

We are all suffering “COVID fatigue” and long to return to our lives together. Unfortunately, we cannot let our guard down- not even for a moment. We only have a little more than four weeks left in the semester. We know that by continuing to do what we need to do: Mask Up, Back Up and Wash Up, we can successfully complete the semester.

If you are struggling and need assistance, please contact the Student Counseling Service or the Employee Assistance Program.

- Crisis Management Team