Return to Play Guidelines
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Per our approved Use of Facilities from the O.T. Board of Education, we are a required to notify the District health professional (school nurse) if one of our players is considered a "close contact", has received a quarantine order from a medical entity or let them know that it has been reported to the Health Commission. Please know that our facility usage may be jeopardized if this requirement is not followed.
ACTION REQUIRED BY PARENTS
If a member of your household or your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or received a quarantine order from a medical entity, email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
ACTION BY OTUSA
We will notify the District health professional with contact tracing information for each case reported to us. We will advise the OTUSA player and team members based on the latest OTUSA COVID-19 protocol.
Return to Play FAQ
What is the definition of "close contact"?
For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious (2 days before onset of symptoms to 10 days after). This applies whether indoors or outdoors.
For the purposes of close contact quarantine, the following criteria is considered fully vaccinated:
- Adults who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine AND have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
- Students who completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. (2nd shot for Moderna/Pfizer)
- Persons who had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (positive viral test).
Note: If identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, a fully vaccinated person does not need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, if symptoms develop, they should isolate and seek medical evaluation for COVID-19, which may include testing. Refer to NJDOH Minimum Quarantine Timeframes for additional information
For more information go to: NJ COVID-19 Information Hub (Close Contact)
When do I need to wear a face covering?
Masks are no longer mandated for fully vaccinated individuals inside or outside. It is highly recommended that individuals that are not vaccinated wear a face covering if they indoors or cannot remain socially distant.
If I test positive for COVID-19, how long do I have to self-isolate for before returning to play?
If you tested positive for COVID-19, it is critical that you self-isolate (stay in your home and away from others) for:
- 10 days after symptoms first appeared (NOT 5 days) (day 0 is the first day of symptoms) and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
We have not adopted the latest CDC guidelines for reducing self-isolation to 5 days as we cannot mandate wearing a mask (after day 5) as the CDC does not recommend wearing a mask during physical exertion.
Here is the current team protocol with a player who has tested positive for COVID-19:
A player on (team) tested positive for COVID-19 on (date). The player was last with the team on (date). Anyone at practice/game on (date) is considered to be in "close contact" of someone with COVID-19.
- Per NJDOH guidelines, If fully vaccinated and no symptoms, no quarantine is required. We recommend a test 3- 5 days after last contact.
- If not fully vaccinated:
- If COVID symptoms develop, get tested and follow quarantine recommendation above.
- If asymptomatic, get a PCR test at least 5 days after the last close contact
- If test is negative, quarantine ends
- If no test, quarantine will be full 10 days
Additional information from the NJ.GOV COVID-19 website (https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html)