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As OU football players prepare to return to campus, school releases coronavirus protocols

NORMAN — With OU football players set to return to campus beginning Saturday, and facilities opening Wednesday, the school released its protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The protocols were developed by OU's medical staff and reviewed by Dr. Dale Bratzler, OU's Chief COVID Officer and a professor at OU's colleges of medicine and public health.

Each person returning to campus will receive a packet of information outlining the protocols, which include wearing a mask in the facilities, maintaining social distancing, limiting social activities and frequent handwashing — all in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.

A video outlining pathways to be used throughout the facilities, which include single points of entry and exit, will also be viewed by each individual.

If at any point during the 2020-21 school year any student-athlete feels uncomfortable with any activity due to COVID-19 concerns, they can remove themselves with no impact on team standing or athletic financial aid.

Other highlights from the protocol include:

•Providing a mask for each student-athlete.

•Two days of medical testing upon return, including a COVID-19 test, before any other activity.

•Quarantine and support for those who test positive. Length of quarantine will be determined by medical staff in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

•Contact tracing, with OSDH and the on-campus Goddard Health Center, for those testing positive to determine others who may be at risk.

•Limit of 10 student-athletes working out together at a time, with a small group of staff members. Those numbers would be adjusted later.

•Special seating formations for meetings, including speakers being encouraged to stand at the back of the room.

•Increased cleaning and sanitation of facilities. Staff members have been provided with self-clean kits. All internal doors will be left open to avoid use of door handles.

•Restrictions for locker room, elevator and restroom occupancy. No showering will occur at the facility.

•Similar measures for student-athletes residing in Headington Hall, including defined pathways. Hospital-grade filters have been installed, as have shields, at the housing facility.

•Elimination of self-service stations at Wagner Dining Hall at Headington. Seating has been rearranged and cash will no longer be accepted.


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OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch watches players warm up during football practice for the University of Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch watches players warm up during football practice for the University of Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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