by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI | Feb 3rd, 2022

As a follow up to the launch of Return to Hockey, Hockey PEI has been working with the Chief Public Health Office to better understand and clarify guidance around a positive COVID-19 case and close contacts as it relates to sport and recreation.

Information for people who have tested positive for COVID-19: http://www.princeedwardisland.ca/testedpositive

COVID-19 POSITIVE: Should a member of a team test positive for COVID-19 they should:

  1. Isolate immediately
  2. Contact their appropriate team rep and work with their team rep to identify close contacts.
  3. Have their team rep let the appropriate Minor Hockey Association executive know (typically the President).
  4. The MHA executive is then to notify Hockey PEI.

*Due to legality and privacy concerns, no names need to be circulated outside of the team. Simply advise of the effected association, team impacted and date of positive test.

CLOSE CONTACT: What is considered a close contact? During someone’s infectious period, a close contact is someone:

  • You had face to face interaction for at least 10 minutes, including 10 minutes in total over a 24-hour period (this means including total minutes added up over a 24-hour period, e.g. 2.5 min + 2.5 min + 2.5 min + 2.5 min over the span of a practice).
  • Were within 2 meters (6 feet) indoors for at least 10 minutes,
  • You were hugging, touching, kissing, coughing or sneezing near,
  • Who provided care to you at home.

*If both individuals wore an appropriate well-fitting mask properly for the duration of the interaction (or at minimum the case), this wouldn’t be considered a close contact situation. An appropriate mask would be a three-layer non-medical mask that includes a filter layer, a medical mask, or a respirator.

MINIMIZE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION AND MINIMIZE WHO IS CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT:  The general measures for limiting transmission of COVID-19 in a sport or recreation setting would be the same as the general population. Steps that limit transmission would also limit who would be considered a close contact. General measures that could be taken to mitigate risk of transmission and who is identified as a close contact would include:

  • Not attending if not feeling well and getting tested if symptoms of COVID-19,
  • Wearing a well-fitted three-layer mask including a filter layer wherever you can, including in dressing rooms, team meetings, and during activities that require minimal exertion (e.g. some activities with younger children, some drills, activities like curling)
  • Maintain distancing
  • Keeping groups small and consistent for activities involving closer contact (e.g. close contact drills in consistent pairs or small groups), and
  • Gather outdoors rather than indoors.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM CPHO:

  • Q: “We had a team practice last night and a player tested positive today. I think it would be, team can resumes practicing and CPHO contacts close contacts. Close contacts isolate and other members continue practicing and monitor for symptoms (like in schools)” A: Individuals are now responsible for notifying their own close contacts (see the princeedwardisland.ca/testedpositive page). Team members would be subject to isolation if they were within 6ft of the person who was positive, while the person who was positive was not wearing an appropriate well-fitting, three-layer mask with filter, or medical or respirator, for at least 10 minutes over the span of the activity/24 hours.

 

  • Q: “Is a coach who wasn’t in a dressing room but was on ice for practice with a team who had a positive kid on team considered a close contact?” A: Were they within 6 ft of the person who was positive, while the person who was positive was not wearing an appropriate well-fitting, three-layer mask with filter, or medical or respirator, for at least 10 minutes over the span of the activity/24 hours? If yes, they are subject to isolation.

 

  • Q: “We had a kid on our team test positive for COVID-19, and not all members of the team were wearing masks inside the dressing room area, does this mean our entire team has to isolate as close contacts or only those who didn’t wear their masks” A: Was the person who tested positive wearing an appropriate three layer well-fitting mask with a filter or a medical grade mask or a respirator properly? What interaction did they have outside of the dressing room also when they were not wearing a mask?

 

  • Q: “How long do I need to isolate for if I am a close contact?” A: That depends on your vaccination status. See guidance HERE.

 

CPHO understands that these measures will have impact on our operations, and they do anticipate that these measures are temporary, will be adjusted and expected to ease in the coming weeks.