The province announced on Dec 30 that they are restricting PCR testing to only those at greatest risk. Dec 31, 2021, the PPH provided an update around who gets tested and made isolation less restrictive for many.
With this update, few of us will qualify for PCR testing. Criteria link is at bottom of page.
What you need to know:
If you have one of the top 4 symptoms or two or more of the bottom symptoms, you need to isolate for 5 days and can then return to hockey when you are symptom free x 24 hours.
If symptoms do not meet below criteria, then you need to self-isolate until symptom free x 24 hours or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms.
Step 1: Do you have symptoms?
One of these:
• Fever and/or chills; OR
• Cough; OR
• Shortness of breath; OR
• Decrease or loss of taste or smell;
Two or more of:
• runny nose/nasal congestion
• extreme fatigue
• sore throat
• muscle aches/joint pain
• gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
Parents, coaches, volunteers:
If you meet the above criteria; one of the top symptoms or two or more of the bottom and live or work in a high risk setting such as a hospital, LTCH, retirement home congregate living setting or are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised, then you need to isolate for 10 days since onset of symptoms. You may qualify for a PCR test, check criteria.
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 self-isolate. Please complete the online RAT Reporting Form https://s-ca.chkmkt.com/?e=253453&h=31E066CB939DE8E&l=en
Alert your household contacts to isolate if you meet the criteria symptoms. Alert other close contacts you have had in the past 2-3 days to self-isolate.
Here are links:
PPH COVID-19 CASE & CONTACT GUIDANCE document:
Link to the update – Dec 31, 2021
Close contact guidance:
Eligibility criteria for PCR testing:
If a player meets symptom criteria for COVID-19 and isolates for 5 days, is the entire team a close contact and isolates too?
PPH may release instructions for sports teams around cases and contact guidance. We have not seen this yet.
It is currently up to individuals/parents to notify their own close contacts. We are hopeful that teams will be transparent with each other and work together to determine close contacts because in the end, preventing transmission will keep everyone on the ice.
Each situation must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If the entire team was in a dressing room unmasked, and did not maintain a 2-meter distance, they will all be close contacts and require 5 day isolation.
If teams follow physical distancing and masking instructions (wearing a mask right up until on the ice and immediately after), then the affected individual/parents will need to work with the team (COVID Lead, trainer, coach) to determine who they may have had close contact with.
If there were close contacts during game play, it may require more players in isolation due to proximity on the bench and notifying the opposing team.
What if the trainer and back up trainer are in isolation?
No different than if the coaches are in isolation, reach out for coverage, but if there is no one available, teams will have to postpone or cancel until adequate staff are out of isolation.
The City screener still states that you must wait 10 days after a positive test or close contact. Do we have to follow the City screener, as it seems it's out of date?
There are currently parts of the screener which are out of date based on new guidelines.
We have spoken to the City and they expect to have the screener updated in the coming days and request you continue to complete it in the meantime. Sportsheadz is also being updated.
Definition of 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 or has symptoms associated with COVID-19. Close contacts MUST be assessed starting 48 hours before a COVID-19 test (RAT or PCR) was taken or COVID-19 symptoms presented.