Oregon State Beavers

Oregon State Beavers

Last week, Oregon State had one athlete test positive for the coronavirus during the second week of welcoming student-athletes back onto campus in preparation for future seasons, per The Oregonian. 

The university did not disclose who the athlete was or what sport they play. 

Two weeks ago, Oregon State began welcoming student-athletes back on campus, with precautions, for voluntary workouts. The university had no positive tests after the first week of testing.

The latest positive test is the second positive test of an Oregon State student-athlete since the beginning of the pandemic. The timing of the first one has not been revealed but Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes said it was "very early on."

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Before beginning voluntary workouts, Barnes and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Dr. Doug Aukerman held a press conference via Zoom for media members to ask questions about the school's protocol surrounding the coronavirus. 

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Each athlete was required to complete a 14-day quarantine at their homes and then complete a coronavirus test when arriving at Oregon State. From then on, each athlete will be tested once a week with more frequent testing possible given new information. 

 

"We will not allow any [players] to be in [the facilities], doing workouts or exercising until we've gotten their test results back and it shows they're not an asymptomatic carrier," said Dr. Doug Aukerman. 

He later estimated that 25% to 35% of college-aged coronavirus carriers are asymptomatic which makes the virus tougher to defend against. The university will have a better idea of which athletes have had it before and which haven't once they take the antibody tests. 

Athletes will workout in the brand-new, 20,000 square foot facilities in groups of ten. Two groups can workout at the same time but in different sections of the facilities and all of the athlete's workouts must be confined to their specific section. All strength and conditioning staff will wear masks and gloves while in the facilities. When a group completes its workout, then the area will be cleaned before the next group of student-athletes uses the facilities. 

Each athlete will need to pass a temperature test before entering the facilities. 

Back in May following Oregon governor Kate Brown's recommendation of all mass gatherings being cancelled through September, Scott Barnes reassured everyone that Beaver football will be played sometime during the 20-21 academic school year. 

"One scenario we are not working on is not playing football," said Barnes. 

Then in the most recent press conference, he said that they're all planning for many different avenues for athletics next school year but haven't made any final decisions because they're waiting for more information.

We'll keep an eye out on how Oregon State continues to navigate the landscape of the pandemic as the fall season approaches.