OU football: Sooners report no new cases of COVID-19, five total recoveries
OU released its second round of testing results Thursday afternoon, and it reported no new positive coronavirus out of 89 total football players tested.
The Sooners were initially tested upon returning to campus a week ago on July 1. Out of 111 tests from the first round, there were seven positive tests, and OU reported seven positive tests existed before the school's testing process began, and two recoveries.
In the week between the first and second rounds of testing, OU's recoveries increased from two to five. This means the team now has nine active cases and 14 total since its return.
OU coach Lincoln Riley spoke to the media on Zoom last Friday and didn't fully divulge the team's plan for how often it will test players, but said it will occur regularly.
“We don’t want things to creep in here, especially with so many asymptomatic positives across the country right now,” Riley said. “We don’t want anything to creep in here that we don’t know about.”
The Sooners are in a more fortunate spot relating to testing than some other teams across the country. Ohio State and North Carolina both suspended voluntary workouts yesterday due to a spike in cases among the teams.
The Sooners are scheduled to start the season on Sept. 5 against Missouri State, however with cases spiking across the country some people have speculated a season is looking less likely. Riley said he feels optimistic the season can still start on time and that he hopes universal testing regulations will be implemented to help even the playing field for teams.
“I think we’re all hoping that we will lay down some very strict regulations for all college football teams so that we’re all on an equal playing field, all being tested the right way,” Riley said. “I think that has yet to be seen.”