Oklahoma State Player Has COVID-19 After Attending George Floyd Rally

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020, 5:21 am

By: Associated Press, CBS News

Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga says he tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a protest in Tulsa. Ogbongbemiga made the announcement in a Twitter post.

The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. "Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe," he wrote.

But a commenter to the post observed, "I dont think you got it at the protest.. if you weren't wearing a mask you may have spread it but covid has a long intubation period and symptoms don't just appear that fast... praying you recover quickly.. we honestly won't know the impact of covid from this for 2 weeks."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior, who's from Canada, had a breakout season in his junior year. He was a second team All-Big 12 selection and finished with 100 tackles and five sacks.

OSU players began returning to campus this week and were tested for the virus when they got there, CBSSports.com reports. It wasn't clear whether Ogbongbemiga was among the student-athletes in the first phase of returning players. But if he was, he'll enter quarantine in separate on-campus housing designated by the school, according to the safe plan released by Oklahoma State Tuesday.

Ogbongbemiga's positive test comes as publish health officials nationwide fret that large protests over the death of George Floyd will result in new outbreaks of COVID-19. 

First published on June 3, 2020 / 5:24 AM

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