The numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon and the rest in the United States. On Thursday, those ever-rising numbers included the Oregon State football program.
Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes started Thursday's football press conference by announcing that the program currently has one player that has tested positive for the virus, and three others are in quarantine.
According to Barnes, the positive test occurred earlier in the week and the program has had no new positive test results over the last few days.
Barnes did not disclose which player tested positive at this time.
However, he did add that rather than give general numbers, the program seeks to be more transparent moving forward, starting with today's announcement.
Said Barnes, "On Saturdays prior to the game, as you all know we test game day, we'll provide you with a list of players that are in a COVID situation and aren't available. That will come to you some time prior to game days moving forward."
With current COVID protocols, the players will stay in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
"They're aware and it's disappointing," said head coach Jonathan Smith with regards to his team's knowledge of the situation. "They gotta use it as a learning experience to continue to never let our guard down."
The Beavers are scheduled to go on the road to take on the Huskies this weekend, but the program is not worried about the virus, placing full faith in their COVID protocols.
"We take this virus seriously but we feel very confident in the protocols that are put in place and keeping everybody involved safe," said Coach Smith.
One has to wonder if the COVID test has anything to do with Washington State. The Beavers played the Cougars on Saturday, and it was later revealed that 32 players were unable to play. When asked about it after the game, Coach Rolovich refused to say if any of the absences were COVID-related.
On Monday, WSU did announce they had one player that had tested positive for COVID, but they are in the last days of quarantine. This means that the positive test for WSU occurred at some point prior to the team taking on the Beavers.
Regardless, the Beavers will continue to test throughout the week and if all goes well game day this Saturday will not be impacted.