ILLNESS AND EXPOSURE:
*CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising. While public health authorities may reduce quarantine to 7-10 days, Herndon is maintaining a 14-day quarantine out of caution.
PROTOCOL AFTER EXPOSURE:
Communication with the club is an important first step in determining who is at risk and how best to ensure the safety of the players, the teams and the community. It is important for the club to have details to gather a timeline and do contact tracing to determine if a player must quarantine and/or if the team is at risk and must also quarantine. Decisions are made considering the risk of primary exposure (close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms) or secondary exposure (close contact with someone who has been exposed to someone else who tested positive for COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms).
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of distance in a cumulative period of at least 15 minutes.
In this scenario, quarantine is used to keep the player from possibly exposing others. The player can then return to the team after a 14-day quarantine from the date of exposure or can return before with a negative COVID-19 test result and the test is taken 3-5 days after exposure. If a player is in continued close-contact with someone who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID, the player must quarantine for 14 days and then must have a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to the team. This scenario would most likely include living in the same household where the risk of exposure continues, whether or not the player themself shows symptoms or tests negative initially.