STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma State University official says three football players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first phase of testing to bring athletes back to campus, which began Monday.
Senior linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga posted the news of his positive test Tuesday night on Twitter.
Wednesday morning, OSU senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth posted further details on Twitter regarding COVID-19 testing. "For the record: (OSU athletics) has tested over 150 staff/admins/student-athletes with 3 asymptomatic positives. All by (student-athletes),” he wrote. “Positives were expected and the plan for that scenario has been activated. We will be as forthcoming as possible on the covid issues.”
Additionally, freshman players who were initially scheduled to move in this weekend were notified by email or text message that their report date has been delayed until further notice, multiple sources told The Oklahoman.
OSU developed a task force to oversee athletes returning to campus, and the guidelines passed down from the task force include how to address an athlete with a positive test result.
1) If an athlete, coach or support staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will enter the quarantine protocol per medical, local/state health department and university guidelines and will begin to receive the appropriate monitoring and treatment from the team physician, athletic training staff and any other medical consultants.
2) The positive student-athlete will be moved to separate housing designated by OSU for quarantine purposes.
3) Appropriate contact tracing as per local/state health department and university guidelines will begin and all who have been in contact will be instructed to quarantine and have symptoms monitored for a period determined by health and medical officials. Contact tracing will begin with the athlete’s cohort/workout group.
4) After the determined quarantine time, if the traced contact group is not showing symptoms, they will be retested for COVID-19 prior to resuming activities. Upon receiving a negative test, they will await specific instructions from the team physician and/or the athletic training staff regarding a return to activities.
5) Upon recognition of symptomatic athletes and/or staff in the west end zone facility, the person will immediately be referred and directed to OSU University Health Services (or Stillwater Medical Center if after working hours) for evaluation, testing and treatment.
6) If needed, transportation to University Health Services or Stillwater Medical Center for symptomatic athletes will be provided from athletic training staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.