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Two Miami University students do not have the novel coronavirus, the Ohio Health Department confirmed Sunday night.

Health officials in Butler County are monitoring two possible cases of the highly contagious coronavirus that was first identified in China. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed five cases of the disease in the US, but none so far in the state of Ohio. 

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Public health agencies across the Miami Valley are reporting a spike in flu cases and hospitalizations as a flu outbreak affects a wide area, including Clark, Greene and Montgomery Counties. 

Numbers show hundreds of people in the Miami Valley have sought treatment for the flu since early December. Health officials report seeing  more than 3,000 hospitalizations and outpatient flu cases.

But those numbers are likely an undercount, says Greene County Public Health nurse Amy Schmitt. Many people don’t see a doctor for their symptoms, she says.

Ohio’s Medicaid program has rolled out a new tool, the Unified Preferred Drug List, that's meant improve communication between patients, doctors and pharmacists.

Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter

It’s estimated that around 30,000 people in the Miami Valley are living with some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for those individuals can be an isolating experience, according to The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. So, they’re reminding those caretakers that support is literally just a phone call away.

Opioid, The Springfield Regional Medical Center is one of 39 area collaborating hospitals and health organizations  in the GDAHA.
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This week, the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) implemented new visitor restrictions to local, short-term acute care hospitals. The association says the move is an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections.

The GDAHA reports an increase of the seasonal flu virus in the last few weeks that has resulted in 30 hospitalizations in the region since December 1, and outpatient cases have increased 75 percent.

Paramedic Scott Widener crouches in the back of an outfitted ambulance.

“I am six foot and I’m duckin',” he says, laughing.

"It’s a typical mammogram room—if you went to a hospital it would look exactly the same," says mammographer Valerie Rice. "It’s nothing really different, except that it’s in a moving vehicle!"

Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product. Those involved with the program propose some changes they say will improve it for everyone.

Across the country, nearly 95,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. And the list has been growing for years. That's pushed some people to try unusual ways to find donors.

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