Updated COVID Protocols - Dec 26, 2021 (Peterborough Girls Hockey Association)

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UPDATED COVID PROTOCOLS – DEC 26, 2021

We hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.  We expect to see teams back on the ice next week resuming practice and game play.  We remain attentive to any future announcements from the government.

As we move into the remainder of the season, we put the health and safety of our players and volunteer’s paramount. We will follow the most restrictive guidance & safety measures from PPH, the Municipality, Province, OWHA, OHF and Hockey Canada. 

Different areas are implementing different measures and it is important to communicate clearly with other teams regarding restrictions as we move outside of our health unit.  

We are seeing players and teams test positive for COVID-19, have high risk contact status, and follow isolation protocols or self-monitoring dependent on vaccination status.  This will continue to be a challenge we face but not something we cannot overcome with careful and rigorous respect of screening and isolation protocols.  Following instructions to self isolate and get tested will ensure that we contain transmission and keep teams on the ice.  

Please see below the link to the OWHA update which provides some guidance around tournaments.

https://cloud.rampinteractive.com/whaontario/files/Bulletins/OWHA%20MEMO%20DEC%2024%2021%20%28002%29%20%20-%20Update.pdf

The burden of the Omicron variant has placed a severe strain on our health care resources.  The Public Health Unit has provided guidance which will help individuals complete their own contact tracing and determination to isolate.  It is up to each individual and team to put the health and safety of themselves & their teammates first and follow this guidance.  Team trainers, COVID leads, managers and coaches need to assist in enforcing these rules.

Below are the updates from PPH below which you need to read, but here it is in a nutshell:

If you have any COVID or respiratory symptoms (including a runny nose): 

  1. Immediately isolate for 10 days
  2. Notify your household members to isolate for 10 days
  3. Notify your close contacts within the last 3 days to isolate for 10 days if unvaccinated or self monitor if vaccinated x 2 doses
  4. Get a PCR test, but if you cannot get in, continue to isolate for 10 days
  5. Use a RAT if available, but if it is negative and you have symptoms, continue to isolate

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or more than 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting
  • feeling very unwell

You can infect others even if you don’t have symptoms.

Here is the update from PPH:

COVID-19: Case and Contact Guidance

Last Updated:  December 24, 2021

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and contacts, PPH may not be able to reach all COVID-19 cases within 24 hours of them testing positive. Similarly, PPH is focusing on identifying high-risk contacts in high risk settings and will not be able to identify every high risk contact in the broader community.

We are asking residents to assist us in keeping the community safe and use their best judgement when it comes to self isolation and getting tested for COVID-19.

The following guidance will provide direction for isolation, testing, and identifying high risk contacts.

Guidance for a case or a contact of a case
Guidance for identifying a close contact
Guidance for finding a PCR test
Guidance for using and reporting a rapid antigen test
Guidance for self-isolating safely

COVID-19:  Case and Contact Guidance

Review this guidance if you have symptoms, have tested positive with a PCR or RAT test, think you may be a contact of someone who is positive with COVID-19.

Important guidance:

1) If you have any respiratory symptoms (including a runny nose) or symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Isolate: Isolate immediately and expect to continue isolation for at least 10 days.
  • Alert contacts: alert your household contacts to isolate as well for 10 days. Alert other close contacts you have had in the past 2-3 days to self-isolate for 10 days if they are unvaccinated, and if they are vaccinated (2 doses) to monitor for symptoms.
  • Seek PCR testing, however, if there is a significant delay in getting an appointment continue to isolate.
  • If you have access to rapid antigen testing (RAT) consider using it to test yourself. However, if you have symptoms and test negative on RAT still assume you still have COVID-19 and continue to isolate for 10 days.

2) If you test positive with a RAT:

  • Isolate: isolate immediately and expect to continue isolation for at least 10 days.
  • Alert contacts: alert your household contacts to isolate as well for 10 days. Alert other close contacts you have had in the past 2-3 days to self-isolate for 10 days if they are unvaccinated, and if they are vaccinated (2 doses) to monitor for symptoms.
  • Report: report your RAT result (positive or negative) to Peterborough Public Health here https://chkmkt.com/RAT21
  • Seek PCR testing, however, if there is a significant delay in getting an appointment continue to isolate. You do not need to seek PCR testing to confirm your infection if access to PCR testing remains limited. With widespread community transmission of COVID-19 a positive RAT is nearly certainly truly COVID-19 infection. Do not proceed to an assessment centre or an ER if you are unable to receive an appointment for a PCR test.

3) If you test positive with a PCR test:

  • Isolate: isolate immediately and expect to continue isolation for at least 10 days.
  • Alert contacts: alert your household contacts to isolate as well for 10 days. Alert other close contacts you have had in the past 2-3 days to self-isolate for 10 days if they are unvaccinated, and if they are fully vaccinated to monitor for symptoms.

Note:

  • Delays in PCR testing will not impact duration of isolation.

What is a close contact? 

A close contact is someone who had a prolonged (15 minutes or more) exposure in close proximity (within 2 metres) to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Contact with a person who is infected with the COVID-19 virus during their infectious period and type of interaction with them, increases your risk of being a close contact. 

Infectious Period: 

48 hours before the person began having symptoms until 10 days after their symptoms started OR 

48 hours before the test day for someone who did not have symptoms at the time of testing. 

Type of interaction: 

• You live or provide care in the same home with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

• You were within 2 metres in the same room, workspace, or area for a prolonged period of time while the person was infectious. 

• You had multiple close encounters less than 2 meters away over a 24-hour time period with the person. 

• You had close physical contact with the person, such as a hug or a handshake. 

How will I know if I am a close contact?

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic and awaiting testing are asked to notify their household members and close contacts.

As the situation evolves, we continue to receive new information and will do our best to keep you updated.