UO marching band put on hold after 14 test positive for COVID-19

The cluster is not yet being considered an outbreak as public health officials have not determined whether COVID-19 spread due to band activities.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 7:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon has put a hold on all marching band performances and practices after 14 people involved in the program tested positive for COVID-19.

The university said the hold will last at least through next week.

Some fans were disappointed when they heard the news.

"Without the band we're going to have to as a student section, we're probably going to have to pick up a lot of the slack and knowing when to get our team going," said Autumn Gratton, a third-year UO student.

Fans said while the band is on hold, the student section will have to get louder to make sure the team hears them.

"The student section is still going to be pretty rowdy so hopefully we can make up for their absence, but definitely would wish that they were there; it's unfortunate," said Alejandro Suarez, a UO student.

Lane County Public Health said it is not yet classifying this cluster of cases as an outbreak because they have not determined if any transmission happened while marching band activities were being performed.

This is the only UO-related activity that has been put on hold due to COVID-19 cases, according to Lane County Public Health.

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