What do I do if a player notifies our organization that they are considered a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19?
The player is considered the secondary contact in this case; they will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact. If the player is not exhibiting symptoms or they have tested negative they will need to remain out of soccer activities for 14 days from the date of last contact with the person who tested positive. Symptoms can develop at any time during the 14-day period. The remainder of the team can continue activities as normal. If at any time the player in question develops COVID-19, they will need to notify the organization immediately.
What if the player or a family member exhibits signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive?
All parents/guardians need to report if the athlete or any household contact is exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, even if asymptomatic. These individuals should be held out of ALL practices and games until the CDC-recommended isolation or quarantine period has expired. If the test result for SARS-CoV-2 is positive, team officials and the health department should be notified so contact tracing and appropriate quarantining can be performed. The local health department can assist in determining when it is safe for athletes and exposed contacts to return to practice, and guidelines from the CDC should be followed to determine clearance.
Our program is located in a city/town designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Red Zone, will that impact our program?
Any impact this has on a town or club program would come locally (i.e. Board of Health) and not from Mass Youth Soccer or the soccer club. If a parent does not feel comfortable having their child participate in a program located in a “red zone” town/city they have the choice to opt out. The same goes for a traveling team scheduled to play a game in a “red zone” town/city, the parent can have their child opt out.