OXFORD United are set to become the first Sky Bet League One club to begin testing for coronavirus tomorrow.

The players and staff who were put into the furlough scheme in April will be brought back to work in order for the tests to take place.

Before then, everyone who is attending the training ground must complete a screening protocol to detect any symptoms in a manner devised by the club doctor.  

Also read: Oxford United to come off furlough for coronavirus testing

Once the tests are taken, the results are due 48 hours later.

Here is what will happen depending on the outcome:

  • Positive test with symptoms present: Isolate for seven days
  • Positive test with no symptoms present: Isolate for seven days. Re-test after seven and ten days - if there are two negative tests they can return to training. If all tests are positive they must remain isolated for 14 days
  • Negative test with symptoms present: Isolate for seven days then re-test
  • Negative test with no symptoms present: Cleared to train

United are intending to restart sessions on Monday, after which they will be tested twice a week.

Clubs have to ensure social distancing measures are maintained at all times.

For the moment the main building at the U's training ground - including the gym - is expected to be closed, with players due to arrive in the clothes in which they will train.

Other notes

  • The tests are private and do not have any impact on NHS testing resources or prevent other individuals from testing
  • Clubs are covering the costs of testing.
  • Players and staff have to complete a daily medical questionnaire on training days. If it is not submitted before arrival, access will be denied.