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Any NAYHL member who tests positive for COVID must contact the NAYHL Public Health and Safety Liaison at to inform them. The liaison will contact the North Andover Board of Health so that schools can be notified, and contact tracing procedures can be followed. 

BELOW IS CURRENT GUIDANCE FROM THE CDC -

 

For anyone who tests positive to COVID19 the following applies:

· Isolation is discontinued once it has been 10 full days from when symptoms started as long as day 10 (the last 24 hours) of isolation has been without a fever (without taking fever reducing medication) and there has been overall improvement of other symptoms. If symptoms were not present, then the 10 day isolation starts on the testing date. 

· At the end of the 10 days if a fever or other symptoms are still present then isolation will need to continue until the fever is gone for a full 24 hours and other symptoms have improved. 

· If symptoms are present at this time when isolation is scheduled to end, isolation will need to continue until the above criteria are met.

· Re-testing is not required to come off of isolation. The CDC and MDPH recommend the timeframe and symptom-based strategy mentioned be used to discontinue isolation.  


 

For those identified as close contacts the following applies (this guidance was just recently changed):

Anyone identified as a close contact will need to quarantine. Please read through the attached guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for more information on the current quarantine guidelines and requirements.

 

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.

 

Quarantine Timeline: Try to keep those quarantining in the home as separate as possible from one another. The reason is if someone in that group (your husband or one of your kids) develops symptoms and/or tests positive then they are re-exposing the other family members and their quarantine dates will have to reset from the last exposure to the newly infectious person.

The chart below can be used to help figure out a return to work/school dates based on what model works best for your family. If unable to completely isolate from your household members, their quarantine would need to continue for the 7, 10, or 14 days after you come off of isolation. The following dates are based on the day you last had contact with your husband and kids (the day you began isolating) which will be the beginning of the quarantine countdown for them.

 

 

Quarantine Option

Criteria

Active Monitoring

Residual Risk

 

7 DAYS of strict quarantine

 

Release on Day 8 IF: 

 

-A test (either PCR or antigen) taken on Day 5 or later is negative; AND

-The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND

-The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14.

Contact must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested.

Approximately 5% residual risk of disease development

 

10 DAYS of strict quarantine

 

Release on Day 11 IF: 

 

-The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND

-The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14.

-No test is necessary under this option. 

Contact must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested.

Approximately 1% residual risk of disease development

 

14 DAYS of strict quarantine

 

Release on Day 15 IF: 

 

-The individual has experienced ANY symptoms EVEN if they have a negative COVID-19 test; OR

-The individual indicated they are unwilling or unable to conduct active monitoring. 

 

-No additional active monitoring is required.

 

Maximal risk reduction. 

 

While close contacts are quarantined they should continue to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms: Headache, Chills, Fever, Cough, Nasal Congestion, Nausea, Vomiting or a Loss of Taste or Smell.  If any of these symptoms develop, re-testing is recommended at that time. 


 

Testing Sites:   

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread#lawrence-    

https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-testing-sites/download 

https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13

 

Other Important Information to Note: 

 

Common Areas: 

If you live in an apartment complex, please wait until you have recovered and are out of isolation before visiting common areas (i.e. shared laundry, elevators, mail room, workout room etc.). If you must leave your apartment (for a medical appointment) please be sure to wear a mask and wipe down areas after touching/using them.     

Attached is important information and guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on how to isolate and quarantine. I will follow up towards the end of isolation to see how everyone is doing. Please reach out in the meantime if you have any questions or concerns.  

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.

 

If you have a medical emergency please call 911 and be sure to tell them someone in the house has tested positive for COVID19.

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