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

Mustang Public Schools announced Sunday a high school football player and assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19. 

The positive tests are the latest Mustang announced this weekend. A member of the high school boys basketball team tested positive on Saturday. 

“Again, all other programs will continue with our screening protocols in place,” Mustang athletic director Robert Foreman said in a release. “It is also again imperative that we recognize the family and coach for informing us of their results.

“We are all in this together, and our partnership will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved with Mustang athletics and other student activities.”  

The football player participated in practice on Friday, after clearing the screening protocol due to not running a fever or showing any symptoms. 

The assistant football coach was last at practice on Wednesday. 

Before learning of the positive tests in the football program, head football coach Lee Blankenship postponed activities for the team for the upcoming week after learning about the boys basketball player who tested positive.

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. Mustang said anyone who experiences symptoms is encouraged to seek the attention of a medical professional.

Following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, the positive tests have prompted Mustang to suspend the summer activities of the football program for 14 days and recommend football coaches and players self-quarantine during that time. Mustang stated the athletic facility will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. 

The hiatus will run through July 13, two days before Mustang fall sports is scheduled to begin activities without restrictions. Mustang announced its schedule for reopening summer activities at the end of May.

Mustang 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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Exterior of the Mustang High School in Mustang, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Exterior of the Mustang High School in Mustang, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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James Jackson

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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