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COVID Guidelines for return to the rink continue to evolve, so please check back for the most recent guidance.  Here is the link to the full text of the CDC Guidelines on their website.  We've summarized portions of it below to help.  At the bottom of the page there is a visual of how quarantine/mask requirement will work, as well as other helpful information.

As always, it’s important that we remain vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms as we all try to stay safe during these challenging times.  If anything changes with the status of your player (positive test), please reach out to Susie Campbell directly as soon as possible through email/phone/text at susies541@gmail.com or 781-775-5525.

I would encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider regarding this exposure for further guidance around quarantine and/or testing as needed.

 

Test Positive for COVID:

Everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). They should wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status. This includes:

  • People who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

  • People with symptoms of COVID-19, including people who are awaiting test results or have not been tested. People with symptoms should isolate even if they do not know if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

 

Ending isolation for people who had COVID-19 and had symptoms

If you had COVID-19 and had symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. You can leave isolation after 5 full days.

  • You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​).

  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

  • If you continue to have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.

 

Deemed a Close Contact:

Who does not need to quarantine:

If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.

 

You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below. If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).

 

Who should quarantine:

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.

  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.

  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

 

What to do for quarantine:

  • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.

  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms .

  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.

  • If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

    • If you test negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

    • If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). Follow recommendations in the isolation section below.

    • If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.

    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

 

 

 

Helpful information:

A close contact is identified as someone within 6 feet for 15 (cumulative) minutes over a 24 hour period during a window the CDC and BOH consider the individual to be contagious.

Testing information-https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing

For more information on what to do if you or your child becomes sick visit the MDPH website If You Are Sick: COVID-19: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-printable-fact-sheets#what-to-do-if-you-are-sick-

For more information on quarantine, please see the following MDPH website: https://www.mass.gov/guidance/information-and-guidance-for-persons-in-quarantine-due-to-covid-19

You may call your town’s Local Board of Health, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as needed with concerns or questions at 617-983-6800.

Other resources that you may find valuable are:

MDPH Coronavirus: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19