SWOSU players tested for COVID-19


SWOSU players were being tested Tuesday for COVID-19 before voluntary workouts begin in July.

All of this was precautionary to try and catch any positive tests before practice begins in August.

Edwin Detweiler, head athletic trainer at SWOSU, said staff has a policy in place in case any tests come back positive.

“If a player tests positive, it will be reported to university administration and then the individuals will be referred to team doctors and placed in self-isolation. The players will not be allowed to return to team activities until they are cleared by our team physician,” Detweiler said.

The testing is done now to hopefully catch any players early.

“We will be hosting voluntary workouts with studentathletes in the weight room beginning in July, so it is in our best interest to test now and ensure the safest workout environment possible,” Detweiler said.

The plan SWOSU has in place also will allow for students to quarantine on campus or at home.

“If the student lives on campus, they will follow the SWOSU Housing department guidelines. If they live off campus, they will self-isolate off campus,” Detweiler said.

The worst case scenario would be too many players test positive at some point before or during the season, including canceling games.

“That is unknown at this time, but hopefully with the policies and procedures we have in place we can ensure the safest return to play options,” Detweiler said.