Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga tests positive for COVID-19 after attending protest

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said Tuesday night on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“After attending a protest in Tulsa and being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he wrote. “Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.”

Several Oklahoma State players returned to campus beginning Monday and were issued COVID-19 tests upon entry into the football facility. For medical privacy reasons, OSU officials would not confirm Tuesday night if Ogbongbemiga was among those in the first phase of players to report to campus.

OSU developed a task force to oversee athletes returning to campus, and the guidelines passed down from the task force include how to address an athlete with a positive test result:

  1. If a student-athlete, coach or support staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will enter the quarantine protocol per medical, local/state health department and university guidelines and will begin to receive the appropriate monitoring and treatment from the team physician, athletic training staff and any other medical consultants.
  2. The positive student-athlete will be moved to separate housing designated by OSU for quarantine purposes.
  3. Appropriate contact tracing as per local/state health department and university guidelines will begin and all that have been in contact will be instructed to quarantine and have symptoms monitored for a period determined by health and medical officials. Contact tracing will begin with the student-athlete’s cohort/workout group.
  4. After the determined quarantine time, if the traced contact group is not showing symptoms, they will be retested for COVID-19 prior to resuming activities. Upon receiving a negative test, they will await specific instructions from the team physician and/or the athletic training staff regarding a return to activities.
  5. Upon recognition of symptomatic student-athletes and/or staff in the west end zone facility, the person will immediately be referred and directed to OSU University Health Services (or Stillwater Medical Center if after working hours) for evaluation, testing and treatment.
  6. If needed, transportation to University Health Services or Stillwater Medical Center for symptomatic student-athletes will be provided from athletic training staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

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