New covid protocols were announced September 20, 2021 by NJDOH.
Testing & Exclusion
Testing is an important tool to identify persons with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms, which can prevent further transmission and outbreaks. Where feasible, prevention plans should include options for testing2 . Persons who test positive for COVID-19 should not participate in youth sports activities until they meet the criteria for discontinuing isolation or quarantine.
Persons who are ill: Anyone experiencing fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested for COVID-19 and be referred to medical care if needed. Persons who test positive (or who don’t get tested) should not return to sports until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.
Persons who had close contact with someone who has COVID-19: (within 6 feet for >15 minutes in a 24-hour period) should be tested for COVID-19.
• Unvaccinated individuals should be tested as soon as possible and if negative, again 5-7 days after the last exposure. When COVID-19 activity is “High,” persons who test negative (or if they weren’t tested) should stay home and quarantine for 14 days. If COVID-19 activity is not “High,” they should quarantine for 10 days if they aren’t tested or 7 days if they test negative between 5-7 days after exposure3 . If they test positive for COVID-19, they should follow timeframes for “persons who are ill.”
• Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, but as long as they remain asymptomatic, can continue participation in youth sports.
Based on all the new information given and the fact that Soccer is a medium risk/contact sport. Berkeley Soccer Association has adapted the following courses of action. Theses protocols will protect our children and allow everyone to be and feel safe.
-If a child receives a P.C.R. test after 5 days of quarantine, (the fifth day after being exposed including the day of) and results are negative, and the child displays no symptoms, the child may return on the 7th day. If a parent/child decides not to get tested they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
If the child is vaccinated they will be required to have a PCR test taken after 5 days of quarantine. (the fifth day after being exposed including the day of). Upon a negative test results they may return to play on the 7th day as well.
-All test results must show the date of the test with results, all children will be required to receive a letter from their school showing the date of close contact prior to participation with their respected team. Coaches will collect this information and keep it on file.
- all coaches please continue to maintain 6' plan at practices for children's gear and for children at water break time. This will be beneficial in keeping our children safe. Further instruction will follow as needed, to keep children safe.