Bodycam footage shows an officer arriving at a home near the campus and finding men without masks on the porch. One of the men tells police that 20 people have gathered at the house, twice the amount of people allowed to congregate in Ohio. The officer asks the group to disperse while he runs the ID of one of the residents.
“I’ve never seen this before," the officer is heard saying to the student after running his ID. "There’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for COVID?” “Yes,” the student answers. He goes on to disclose that he tested positive a week before and that every single person at the party has COVID-19, including two people from the house across the street.
“Oh, God. This is what we’re trying to prevent,” the officer responds. "We want to keep this town open.” The officer questioned why the students weren't practicing a self-imposed quarantine for 14 days, as recommended by state and federal health officials.
More than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes started this fall, according to WKRC. Gov. Mike DeWine said in a briefing Thursday that cases at Miami are the reason why Butler County remains at a level 3 on the state's public health advisory system.
The university still plans to start in-person classes on Sept. 21. But school officials have warned that students who refuse to take a test will be denied access to campus services and will have to return to remote learning.