As of March 1st 2022, Dane County Public Health has lifted its COVID19 mask restrictions. We are following the current county guidelines and masks are no longer required in the boathouse while the county COVID transmissions are low or medium. However, you are still welcome to wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so. The middle school program participants will continue to wear masks while indoors until April 1st, 2022.
Here is a link to the current Dane County Public Health COVID policy: https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/recommendations-and-guidance
Below are the answers to some of the questions you've asked about COVID and team operations:
If a member/student/coach at the club tests positive for COVID (and that individual has attended practice) will we cancel in-person practices for 7-10 days for that team?
Here is what the Dane County Public Health website says:
- It is safest if you quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure. No test is required to end quarantine. You do have other options for quarantine. These options are to:
- Quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure. No test is required to end quarantine. Monitor yourself for symptoms until 14 days after your last exposure.
- Quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 6 or 7 days after last exposure. If your test is negative, you could end quarantine after 7 days of quarantine. You must have your negative test result before ending quarantine and the test cannot be before day 6. Monitor yourself for symptoms until 14 days after your last exposure.
Who will be responsible for contact tracing?
Public Health will do the contact tracing but will work w/ the coach and designated board member to identify close contacts.
Who will notify club membership?
Only close contacts need to be notified and the sick individual needs to remain anonymous when communicating w/ the team about a COVID-19 case. However, it is reasonable to notify the entire group affected as the numbers of individuals coming to practice during the quarantine period may be drastically affected.
An individual is considered a close contact if any of following is true:
- Were within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes total in a day; even if masked and outdoors
- Had physical contact with the person.
- Had direct contact with the respiratory secretions of the person (i.e., from coughing, sneezing, contact with dirty tissue, shared drinking glass, food, or other personal items).
- Lives with or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the person. Close contacts who completed a COVID vaccine series two or more weeks before the exposure or were diagnosed with COVID in the 90 days before the exposure do not need to quarantine but should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.