WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After attending a demonstration in Tulsa, an Oklahoma State University footballer posted on Twitter, saying he was tested positive for COVID-19.
- Although Amen Ogbongbemiga said he cannot conclude that he had contracted the virus at the protest, he warned others to protect themselves.
- The Tulsa Health Department urges locals to protect themselves by taking precautions especially if they plan to participate in more demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.
After attending a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma State University footballer Amen Ogbongbemiga said he tested positive for COVID-19. The linebacker who said to have taken necessary precautions took to Twitter and stated, “Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.”
Ogbongbemiga was completely asymptomatic, but he is still unsure if he got infected at the protest; moving him to caution others to remain vigilant of their safety.
NBC News affiliate KJRH reported, before Amen’s announcement, the football team of Oklahoma State University released a safe return plan. It details various safety procedures to follow if any of the players test positive for coronavirus.
In the plan, they quarantine any afflicted player then placed them in different living quarters. Contact tracing will follow with the assistance of local and state health departments. To return to the game, the athlete will have to be diagnosed negative for the virus.
The Tulsa Health Department released this statement to KJRH, “All residents are encouraged to exercise their right to gather and protest safely, which includes wearing a cloth face covering to protect those around you, use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face. We want to encourage residents to use their voice, but do so safely.”
According to data available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website, Oklahoma has had over 6,800 people test positive and 341 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
Source: NBC News