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Any NAYHL member having COVID symptoms should contact the NAYHL Public Health and Safety Liaison at to inform them of their symptoms and when they began to show these symptoms.  The symptomatic player must stay home and must get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.  The symptomatic player cannot participate in any games or practices until they get the COVID-19 test results. The member shall get a COVID test and provide results to the program. 

A Symptomatic Player includes having:

 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

If the test is POSITIVE, then they must stay at home and isolate for 10 days from when symptoms first appeared AND they must also be symptom free for at least 24 hours without taking any fever reducing medication. 

 

If it is NEGATIVE, the player can return to play once they are symptom free.

 

In the event a NAYHL member or family member is exposed to a known COVID positive person and has been in close contact, they should contact the NAYHL 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 so please do not come to a practice or game if you are showing any sign of an undiagnosed illness)

 

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 member 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 a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person tests negative for COVID-19 or feels healthy, the North Andover Board of Health, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics requires the close contact to quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. (cdc.gov 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 NAYHL activities. As of October 3, 2020, lower risk states include:  Connecticut, District of Columbia. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.

 

Regionally we are seeing COVID-19 clusters associated with high risk sports such as hockey. These COVID-19 clusters are beginning to cause issues for teams having to quarantine and NH has already closed hockey rinks for at least two weeks.  We really need everyone to do their part to keep our rinks open and our teams on the ice.  Wear masks, watch your distance, wash your hands often and limit your off the ice gatherings to keep everyone safe and playing hockey!

 

References:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Regulations and Guidance

American Academy of Pediatrics (2020)

Center of Disease Control (2020)

Valley Rink Protocols

Mass Hockey Cornoavirus Resources