5 positive COVID-19 tests within the UO football program

School officials said all five are asymptomatic, in isolation and being monitored by medical staff.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 7:31 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2020 9:28 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Saturday's football practice for the University of Oregon has been canceled due to five people testing positive for COVID-19 in the program. 

These are the first positive tests within the football program since daily testing began.

School officials said all five are asymptomatic, in isolation and being monitored by medical staff. It is still unclear if they are players, coaches or on the staff, as of Sunday night. 

UO officials said the health and safety of their student-athletes is and will continue to be their top priority.

Local health authorities have been notified and contact tracing is in process.

The PAC-12 gave out a list of criteria that must be met before contact and competition can resume after a pause. 

  • The virus cannot be spreading out of control on campus
  • The program needs to have easy access to testing
  • The people who test positive must be isolated
  • There needs to be sufficient hospital capacity 
  • Student-athletes must have access to on campus health care 

According to the conference, once a student athlete tests positive they can't exercise until they're cleared from isolation. Once that happens, they have to meet with a team physician for cardiac testing before they can play again.

Before considering what they call a "Gradual Graded Return" the athlete must be able to do normal day-to-day activities and walk 500 meters without being overly fatigue and out of breath. 

Officials said they should have at least 10 days rest and they have to be symptom free for 7 days before they can start. If any symptoms occur during this protocol, they have to return to the previous stage and start the process over. 

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