Update for Coaches and Managers for Dealing with Close Contacts and Positive Cases

As we continue to manage the safe return to play for our teams, I wanted to thank everyone for their continued support and patience. As you know the guidelines from the Province of Nova Scotia for returning to play are constantly being updated.

 

With the number of COVID cases in our community it is inevitable that our club will be impacted. Therefore we are asking our coaches and managers to adhere to the following steps to ensure that we are quickly and effectively communicating with our players and parents regarding close contacts and positive cases being reported to the club. It is important that we maintain a consistent process for managing these communications.

 

Players should be notifying their coach or team manager if they have tested positive for COVID. Coaches should contact David Campbell at davidc@udfc.ca or 902-221-4835 to report the positive case and also if the coach or manager have tested positive for COVID.

 

For positive cases, coaches and managers should collect the following information from the player to help us determine if the team/pod will need to self-isolate, suspend training or if they are safe to continue to train.

Date of first symptoms

Dates of positive test

Date of last training session with their team

 

Under the current guidelines, a person with COVID-19 is generally considered infectious (can spread COVID-19 to others):

Beginning 48 hours (two days) before symptoms started, or, if no symptoms, 48 hours before the positive test was taken

Ending when they are considered recovered. Typically this is:

If not fully vaccinated or immunocompromised (without third dose): 10 full days after the start of symptoms (or 10 full days from test date if no symptoms) AND feeling better.

If fully vaccinated or 11 years old or younger: 7 full days after the start of symptoms (or 7 full days from test date if no symptoms) AND feeling better.

 

If the player or team staff contact was prior to the 48 hour time frame (ie infectious period), the event or contact would not be considered a close contact exposure and the team/pod does not need to be notified and training will not be interrupted.

 

If the player or team staff exposure was within the 48 hour time frame (ie infectious period), the event or contact would be considered a close contact exposure and the team/pod will need to follow directions outlined by the province under “I am a Close Contact, now what?” below before returning to training.

 

Attached is a draft template to help you communicate to your team when a positive case has been reported and the team/pod are considered to be close contacts. This email should only be circulated to your teams/pods if there is a positive case reported that falls inside the 48 hour guideline. If it is prior to the 48 hours, you do not need to communicate to the team.

 

If a player or team staff member is identified as a close contact from exposure outside of training, then the player or team staff must not attend training and follow the same isolation duration and testing protocols for close contacts with negative test results before returning to training.

Draft email to be used when a positive case has been reported, please copy, paste and update prior to sending:

 

_________

 

 

Date: (Insert Date)

Re: Reporting a close contact

Please be advised that a player on our team or your child's team, (insert your team and coach) has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was tested positive on (insert date) and began experiencing symptoms on (insert date). The player who tested positive attended a training session on (insert date).

If you or your child attended this training session they are considered to be a close contact and it is recommended that you review the following information and complete the online COVID assessment.

If you or your child did not attend this session please disregard this message.

All training sessions for this team/pod (choose which) are temporarily suspended until further notice. Our Team Staff will advise the team/pod (choose which) when they can return to training.

 

Important Links:

 

How do I self-isolate?

 

I’m a close contact, now what?

 

Someone in my household tested positive: What do I do?

 

What should I do if I test positive?

 

Where can I book a test (PCR or rapid)?

 

Who should I contact as close contacts?