To provide guidance to all members of the Worcester Junior Railers Hockey Club (“JRHC”) program on the procedures for action as it relates possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus in an effort to minimize further exposures to members of the JRHC, their families, and beyond. This COVID-19 Exposure Policy (“Policy”) establishes the process to be implemented by the JRHC Board of Directors which is authorized by the By-laws.
The JRHC is committed to do providing a safe environment in which its members are encouraged to follow the guidelines established by the CDC, the MA Department of Public Health, the Governor’s task for ice hockey rinks, and rink operators. Members are expected to responsibly follow these guidelines such that our members, as well as other players and spectators, have a decreased risk of exposure while playing or viewing the sport of hockey.
In the event that a JRHC member or family member has tested positive to the COVID-19 virus, or is experiencing symptoms related to the virus, the JRHC will provide the guidance herein as it relates to potential attendance or interaction with other members of the JRHC such as teammates, coaches and family members, as well as other game participants and their spectators.
The guidance herein falls under the direction of the JRHC Board of Directors when there is potential for a member to expose other participating members and families through the interaction that may occur at JRHC-sponsored ice time (practices, games, clinics, tournaments, etc.) and thus seeks to require certain actions or withholdings to minimize the spread of the virus. Members who have tested positive for COVID-19, will more than likely also be under the oversight of a community public health nurse through the local Board of Health, the MA DPH, or physician provider, and should follow direction from these entities as well as the JRHC guidelines established herein.
The Board of Directors will appoint a Public Health and Safety Liaison (the “Liaison”) to be the lead contact for members as they navigate the Policy and any guidance issued by the JRHC. The Liaison will be available by email and phone to members and will offer guidance as it relates to attendance and potential exposure at JRHC sponsored activities. The Liaison, when appointed, shall have a medical or health background and experience implementing COVID-19 related protocols and procedures in a public or private setting.
5.0 Forms Used
- The Liaison will keep an Incident Log for the purposes of recording communications that come to the JRHC as it relates to COVID concerns as well as document any guidance issued, and any additional communications that transpire to rink operators, coaches, families or other members or the JRHC.
- All members of the JRHC may be asked to sign, submit, and adhere to all program forms related to attendance when attending JRHC activities for the purposes of implementing contact tracing if deemed necessary.
- Any JRHC member player having COVID symptoms, should contact the JRHC Public Health and Safety Liaison so that it can be determined if contact tracing is necessary with the member’s team, or other possible exposures including competing teams and spectators through communications with various rink operators.
A Symptomatic Player includes having:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The symptomatic player shall stay home and shall not participate in any games, practices, or dry land activities.
- The player shall stay at home/quarantine for 14 days since symptoms first appeared AND must have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication AND symptoms are improving;
- The player shall get a COVID test and provide results to the program. If the test is POSITIVE, the player can return to play after 10 days have passed since the positive test AND symptoms are improving. If it is NEGATIVE, the player can return to play once it has been 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
- In the event a JRHC player/member or family member is exposed to a known COVID positive person and has been in close contact, they should contact the JRHC Public Health and Safety liaison immediately so as to determine if contact tracing is required. In addition, they shall quarantine for 14 days. (This requirement would include any entire team if exposed to a COVID-positive player)
What counts as close contact with a COVID positive person?
Having been within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more without a mask.
Having provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
Having had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them, rubbed against them).
Having shared eating or drinking utensils.
The person sneezed, coughed, or somehow transferred respiratory droplets.
A player with close contact exposure to an infected person should not be tested until at least 4 days after exposure in order to limit false-negative results and to limit the need for sequential testing. The probability of a false-negative result in an infected person decreases substantially over the first 4 days after exposure. Because symptoms develop 2 to 14 days following exposure and most commonly between 5 and 6 days, further testing after a negative test result should be guided by symptomatology.
Even if someone tests negative for COVID-19 or feels healthy, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics STRONGLY recommends quarantine for 10 -14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. (cdc.org 9/10/2020, aap.org 9/30/2020)
If player testing returns positive, and the player continues to have no symptoms, the player can return after 10 days have passed since the positive viral test for COVID-19.
- Any travel outside the lower risk states listed by the MA Department of Public Health requires a negative test or quarantine of 14 days, prior to attending any JRHC activities. As of October 3, 2020, lower risk states include: Connecticut, District of Columbia. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. The JRHC Public Health and Safety Liaison should be contacted in order to monitor for the member’s return.
- Worcester Junior Railers Hockey Club Bylaws
8.0 Related Procedures
The JRHC Board of Directors shall review this Policy periodically for effectiveness and appropriateness and shall amend as needed.