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Ducks Cancel Practice Due to Five Positive COVID-19 Tests

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The University of Oregon football team was forced to cancel Saturday’s scrimmage after five people within the program tested positive for COVID-19.

These are the first positive tests since the program began daily antigen tests. According to Coach Cristobal, “They’re all asymptomatic, as normal as can be and they’re all in isolation and working with the medical staff and local health to make sure that all protocol is followed.”

We all knew the stakes going into this strange season. Amid a pandemic, 2020 football is already near the halfway mark in some parts of the country, just beginning in others, and, theoretically, less than two weeks away for the PAC-12.

But yesterday’s news has the potential to, at the very least, disrupt crucial practice time in an already shortened camp. Mario Cristobal made an announcement to the press last night after the test results.

The players and/or staff members that have tested positive will be given follow-up PCR tests. Coach Cristobal went on to say, “from there we will see what the next steps are in terms of when is the next time we do whatever as it relates to team activities. When we have more information as it relates to our football program, and the next steps in our process”

This would have been Oregon’s second scrimmage of Fall camp. They are scheduled to play Stanford on November 7.