Douglass High School Football Coach Tests Positive For COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, 5:47 pm

News 9 learned Tuesday that a member of the Douglass High School football coaching staff has tested positive for COVID-19.

Douglass was in week three of their Summer Pride workouts. Those have now been shut down for the next two weeks in what Oklahoma City Public Schools calls an abundance of caution.

“You really don’t anticipate it happening, but with the number of kids we have in our district and coaches, you feel like it possibly could happen," said OKCPS Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck. 

The school is recommending that all football coaches and athletes who came into contact with the coach self-quarantine for two weeks.

“The biggest concern is you don’t want an adult to test positive, really the CDC is 10 days, but he was around students, so, that’s where we go with the 14-day quarantine," said Dilbeck.

The athletic facility will also be disinfected.

Douglass was still in Phase 1 of their workouts, which means weightlifting and small group workouts.

According to OKCPS, Phase 1 protocols include temperature checks, no shared equipment or water bottles and face coverings required for all coaches.

Moving forward, Dilbeck said after the two weeks off, they will proceed with Phase 2, which allows team camps and clinics, one week behind schedule.

“I think our coaches are wise enough to know when to take them into our phases of individual and group work, so that’s really going to be up to them, but we also have guidelines that we have to follow with the OSSAA in terms of those individual camp policies.”

The name of the coach who tested positive is not being released for privacy reasons.

One other note, there was a Black Lives Matter children’s march that ended in the Douglass football stadium on Sunday.

Dilbeck said he has confirmed that the coach was not there for that event, so there should be no cause for concern.