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Mustang Public Schools announces student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19

Mustang athletic director Robert Foreman confirmed the student who tested positive for COVID-19 was a member of the high school boys basketball team on Sunday afternoon.

“They are the only one’s up and running right now,” Foreman said. “We don’t have any of our middle school athletes participating in summer activities.”

Mustang Public Schools announced the positive COVID-19 test on Saturday.

The student, who was last at practice on Thursday, was cleared for participation due to not running a fever or experiencing symptoms.

Mustang Public Schools superintendent Charles Bradley said in a release, “It is important to use this opportunity to acknowledge the reality of the challenges ahead for all of us and affirm our continued commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our students, coaches and staff.”

Following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, the positive test has prompted MPS to suspend the summer activities of the high school boys basketball program for 14 days and recommend boys basketball coaches and players to self-quarantine during that time. MPS stated the athletic facility will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.

“All other programs will continue with a continued vigilance on our screening protocols,” Foreman said in a release. “We greatly appreciate the family for informing us of this situation, and are thankful for our partnership with our families in providing for the health and safety of all of our stakeholders.”

Students and coaches are cleared if they do not experience symptoms such as fever over 100.4, cough, chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue, changes to smell or taste and sore throat, among other things. MPS said anyone who experiences symptoms is encouraged to seek the attention of a medical professional.

The positive test comes as MPS neared the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s mandated activity blackout period which will begin on June 29 and run through July 5. The now 14-day hiatus will run through July 12, three days before fall sports is scheduled to begin activities without restrictions. MPS announced its schedule for reopening summer activities at the end of May.

MPS is the latest program to have a member test positive to COVID-19. Oklahoma City Public Schools announced a football coach at Douglass High School had tested positive on Tuesday. 

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James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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