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OU football: Sooners post zero positive COVID-19 tests, no active cases among players, staff

OU helmets sit on the field as players warm up before a college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
OU helmets sit on the field as players warm up before a college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

OU football released new COVID-19 testing information Thursday morning and announced zero positive tests and 18 total recoveries.

OU tested 98 players and 30 staff on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive week in which OU has had zero positive tests.

The Sooners returned to campus on July 1 and were greeted to 14 cases among players and two recoveries among players, and two cases among staff. Since then, all of those infected have recovered and the team has zero active cases as of Thursday's announcement.

While OU's COVID-19 numbers are positive, that's not the case for schools around the country. Clemson has had over 30 players test positive, and Kansas State and Ohio State had to suspend workouts at various points due to team outbreaks.

According to experts, OU's success has come from team-wide mask wearing and physical distancing.

“They physically distance the players and they have them all in masks," OU chief COVID officer Dale Bratzler told The Oklahoman. "And it's working. They’re wearing masks all the time during indoor and outdoor training and they’ve really taken it to heart.”

Vic Reynolds

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