Coronavirus fears prompt Ohio's Miami University to postpone college basketball games

Two students quarantined after displaying symptoms

Two upcoming basketball games involving Miami University in Ohio were postponed Tuesday amid reports that two students were being tested for coronavirus.

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The men’s basketball team was scheduled to play Central Michigan University on Tuesday night, while the women’s basketball team was set to play Western Michigan University on Wednesday night. Miami University said both games were postponed at the behest of their opponents.

Both games are expected to be rescheduled to a later date, with tickets already sold to be honored. Central Michigan said the decision stemmed from safety concerns after “a student at Miami University presented at Miami's Student Health Services with very mild symptoms consistent with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).”

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"The health and safety of our student-athletes is always a top priority and, out of abundance of caution, it was decided to cancel tonight's men's basketball game," said Central Michigan athletics director Michael Alford. "I appreciate the diligence that the staff at Miami have shown and this serves as a reminder of how serious these issues are. Our medical team has also been an important part of this process, making sure our student-athletes are safe and protected."

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Miami University confirmed in a statement Tuesday that two individuals, identified as a “student and his traveling partner” who recently returned from China, were being tested for coronavirus. The two people are under quarantine.

“Health providers quickly recognized that the presenting patient met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing; results should be back from the CDC in the coming days,” the school said in a statement.

As of Tuesday, China had confirmed more than 4,500 cases of coronavirus, as well as 106 deaths. U.S. health officials have reported five positive cases and urged citizens to avoid travel to China.

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