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Five Oregon Football Players Test Positive For COVID-19

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Five University of Oregon football players tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. University officials say all five student-athletes are symptom-free.

Head Coach Mario Cristobal says the players “are all in isolation and working with the medical staff, local health to make sure that all protocol is followed. It has been to the T since the beginning. This is the first time we’ve had positive antigen tests in our program. And also working with local health and our medical team with the contact tracing stuff which is a little bit more through and I know they take a deeper dive into that.”

After the positive test results, Saturday’s scrimmage was canceled. Cristobal says the entire team was slated to be tested Sunday, as is standard protocol, and they will reevaluate the situation.

In August the Pac-12 announced football would not be played in 2020, before reversing course in September and announcing an abbreviated conference-only schedule.

In announcing the schedules in early October, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the return to football competition will “continue to place the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 football as the highest priority.”

Oregon is scheduled to begin their season on November 7th, hosting Stanford.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.