By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Oden checks out of OHSU


Linfield freshman football player Cody Oden was released from the Oregon Health and Science University hospital in Portland Monday, Oden confirmed to the News-Register.

Oden checked himself into Willamette Valley Medical Center on April 11 with symptoms of nausea and persistent headaches. The freshman wide receiver from Salem was promptly taken to OHSU by helicopter and was placed in intensive care with symptoms “consistent with meningitis,” Yamhill County Public Health program manager Tom Eversole told the News-Register on April 13.

In all, Oden, an economics major with junior academic standing, spent one week under hospital care. Back in McMinnville, Public Health officials issued an alert concerning a possible meningitis outbreak and provided antibiotics to an unknown number of Linfield students, student-athletes, faculty and staff members.

Lab results to confirm a diagnosis of meningitis in Oden’s cause were not yet available, according to Yamhill County Public Health.

Oden caught one pass in Linfield’s 2015 football season for three yards and returned four punts for 22 total yards in three games played. The Wildcats won the Northwest Conference title and made the NCAA Division III semifinals, concluding their season with a 12-1 record.

Linfield football concluded its spring practice period April 8. Oden told the News-Register he began feeling ill on April 10.