Lane County Public Health approves Oregon athletics’ plans to resume sports
EUGENE — Oregon Ducks sports have been given the go-ahead from Lane County Public Health to return to practice and competition.
Lane County Public Health has approved plans from the UO athletic department for the resumption of sports practices and games, according to a county spokesman.
LCPH spokesman Jason Davis told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the county, UO athletics, and the university as a whole, have been working in concert for several months to craft protocols for the return of sports and other campus operations.
LCPH senior public health officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke, a member of the Pac-12 1/4 u2032s COVID-19 medical advisory committee, was involved in crafting the safety protocols for UO athletics when Ducks athletes began returning to campus for voluntary workouts in July and has been regarding the return to contact sports practices and games as well.
Davis said final approval for UO’s plans still comes from Gov. Kate Brown’s office and the Oregon Health Authority. That is largely a formality though as a spokesman for Brown announced Wednesday that the governor and OHA granted a request from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University athletic departments for an exemption to OHA’s sports guidance to allow contact sports, including football, to be practiced and played, pending state approval of protocols that have to be submitted from the Pac-12.
Davis said that if there is any discrepancy between Pac-12 protocols and those from the state, UO will abide by the state’s guidelines.
Benton County Public Health gave the go-ahead for Oregon State sports to return on Thursday.
That leaves the City of Berkeley Public Health Department and Santa Clara County Public Health Department as the only local government entities left to approve the return of Pac-12 sports, primarily for Cal and Stanford, respectively.
According to the Mercury News, Stanford must submit a proposal to Santa Clara County Public Health and Cal and Berkeley city officials are “making progress on raising the restrictions on cohort size” for teams to begin practicing.
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