Within the past week, two of our student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 from different teams that use different school facilities. We are working with Greene County Public Health to assist their contact tracing efforts. We are thankful for our staff who have done an excellent job of controlling the size of our groups, overseeing regular sanitization, checking symptoms daily, and encouraging responsible behavior. We are thankful to our students (and parents) who are staying home from workouts when they are sick. This is helping us slow the spread of the virus in our facilities.
As a school, we are expected to participate with public health officials to assist in their contract tracing efforts whenever one of our students or staff members tests positive for COVID-19. In our two most recent situations, we have been notified that our facilities will not be a point of exposure for those two individuals because they did not attend once they became ill. We were also aided because our facilities were closed due to the July 4th holiday. Our facilities have been regularly cleaned and disinfected and we have done all we can to protect our students and staff.
Please practice the same protocols outside of workouts so we can slow the spread of this virus in our community. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when sick, communicate with your coaches, and practice physical distancing. Your willingness to do these things outside of school is as important as your compliance in our facilities.
We know that students congregate outside of school and we believe it is important for you to know the current recommendations from Greene County Public Health for contract tracing:
- Individuals who were within 6 feet of the positive patient for at least 15 minutes up to 48 hours prior to symptom onset should self-quarantine for 14 days.
- For example, when someone tests positive on Monday anyone who was with them on Saturday and Sunday should be aware and monitor symptoms and self-isolate.
- Individuals who were within 6 feet of the positive patient for at least 15 minutes while they were sick should self-quarantine for 14 days from their point of last contact with the positive patient.
- Positive Individuals, and their immediate family members, should self-isolate for 14 days from onset and not return to school/activity, they are no longer experiencing symptoms, AND they are fever free for 72 hours without the use of medication.
- The incubation period can range from 2-14 days. A negative test on day 2 following exposure does not mean that you will not become infected. The 14-day self-quarantine is important to ensure you do not become ill and spread to others.
If you have any question about specific situations where you believe you may been exposed, we encourage you to contact Greene County Public Health for guidance. As a district, we will in cooperation with public health to slow the spread in our schools but we are not the experts on this virus and cannot answer all of your questions and concerns.