On Thursday morning, the Oklahoma Sooners released a third week of COVID-19 test results, and as of July 15, there have been a total of 16 recoveries among players and two recoveries among staff members. Most importantly, there are zero active positive cases on the team.
When these tests began at the beginning of the month, 14 players yielded positives out of 111 tests, in addition to two staff members. Since then, it appears OU’s method for protecting its student-athletes and employees has worked just as it was drawn up. Not only has every positive case made a complete recovery, the staff has been successful at preventing the coronavirus from spreading further throughout the team.
Compared to other programs around the nation that have recently had to temporarily shut down their practice proceedings due to upticks in positive cases within their teams, Lincoln Riley and company have seemingly found a proven formula that works. From Day One, the approach Oklahoma has taken has been measured and deliberate, all with a primary focus on player safety. If folks around the nation really want football to happen this fall, they ought to start taking notes on how they’re running things here in Norman.
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