URGENT! COVID-19 cases on the rise in Ohio | 3:42 p.m.

Dear Miamians,

Ohio COVID-19 cases continue to increase at an alarming rate, topping 8,000 new cases yesterday. Nationally, we exceeded 150,000 new cases in 24 hours. Travel and gathering over the next two weekends and Thanksgiving carries significant risks. The Georgia Institute for Technology put together a real-time Covid Risk Map. Please be proactive and assess your risk as you plan to leave campus. Ohio hospitals are facing increasing shortages of staff due to the spread of the virus and treatment opportunities may be impacted. Exercise extreme caution.

It’s more important than ever before to not let our guard down. We all must continue to do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The Ohio Hospital Association has prepared handy, detailed tips for keeping you, your family and your community safe during the holiday season.

Complying with basic safety practices has another benefit. It’s also the best way to ensure a timely return to in-person classes, sports, social and academic activities, as well as other events and jobs that are an important part of your college experience.

Take a look at the OHA’s safety tips. Please abide by them – and please share them with others. There are many easy ways you can make a difference.

- Crisis Response Team