What happens if an athlete, coach, official, or volunteer has symptoms that could be COVID-19 (a COVID-like illness)?
The person should stay at home. If the symptoms develop during a WPRC event, the person will be isolated and sent home as soon as possible.
If someone in the household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, does everyone in the household have to quarantine?
If someone in your household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, you must not attend WPRC activities until cleared. You are deemed to have “close contact” of someone with COVID-19, and you must follow the “close contact” guidelines until the household member is tested. If the household member tests negative for COVID-19, then you are no longer deemed to have “close contact.”
If someone in the household was a close contact, does everyone in the household have to quarantine?
If no one in the household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, then only the person who was identified as the close contact has to quarantine.
When can a person with symptoms return to WPRC activities?
The person with symptoms can return to WPRC activities and facilities when:
- PCR COVID-19 testing was completed and was reported as negative, and the person meets normal criteria for return after an illness (i.e. symptoms are improving and fever-free off anti-fever medications for 24 hours)
- A health care provider has evaluated the person and documented an alternative diagnosis and confirmed that the person may return to school and activities.
- COVID-19 testing was not done and all of the following are true:
- At least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND
- Fever-free off anti-fever medications for 24 hours AND
- Symptoms are improving.
Note: Repeat COVID testing is not required to return to the activities.
Note: Any “rapid” COVID-19 test (i.e. test takes less than 1 hour) is not a PCR COVID-19 test (also known as a molecular test). These “rapid” tests are antigen tests and have very poor sensitivity and can result in a higher number of false negative results. For more information on antigen versus PCR tests, please see the FDA website at https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-testing-basics
Who is a “close contact”?
The CDC defines a close contact as someone who:
- was within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
- starting 2 days before illness onset for a symptomatic contact, or
- starting 2 days prior to test specimen collection for an asymptomatic contact
- provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- shared eating or drinking utensils
- was sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them
You are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected. There may also be some personal protection from mask wearing as well.
What does a “close contact” of someone who has COVID-19 have to do?
- Close contacts must remain at home (self-quarantine) for:
- 10 days from the last date they were in close contact to the person with COVID-19, or
- 7 days after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
- You should not have visitors to your home.
- If you need any support (example, food, housing, medications, support) in order to remain in
quarantine or isolation, please call 211 (https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dial-211-essential-community-services).
- You should monitor for symptoms, and you should contact a health care provider if you develop symptoms to get tested.
- If you need transportation to a testing location, please call 211, follow the prompts to COVID. The Health Department has resources available for people who do not have transportation to a testing site.
- Please note - a negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19.
If you were a close contact and got tested, what should you expect after you get the results?
Stay home until you get results
If your test is positive for COVID-19:
- Please let the WPRC COVID-19 Coordinator (and school) know as soon as you receive the positive result.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, a person who has COVID-19 must remain home in isolation until all
of the following are true:
- At least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms AND
- Until fever-free off anti-fever medications for 24 hours AND
- Symptoms are improving.
Note: The COVID-positive individual does NOT need a repeat COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note in order to return to WPRC activities.
- You will receive a call from the Health Department to provide more information and to answer any questions.
- The Health Department will work with you to determine who are your close contact and then reach out to them to quarantine, monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested.
If your test is negative:
If your test is negative, you need to complete the 7-day quarantine. If at the end of 7 days you have not had any symptoms and the test was negative, you may return to WPRC activities.
Western Pennsylvania Race Club (WPRC) is a successfully run ski program based at Seven Springs. The club has been in operation since 1962. WPRC promotes the development of youth athletics through alpine ski racing.