Required Health Screenings
The most concerning threat to an organized sports team is the rapid spread of health issues, including Covid-19, within the group. Effective containment depends on early symptom identification, removal from practice (isolation), and strict guidelines regarding return to practice.
We will administer a temperature check to each athlete prior to each practice with an infrared no-touch forehead thermometer. Additionally, please answer the following questions each day:
- Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours?
- Unexplained rash
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If yes, please remain at home and do not return to practice until a negative COVID test. If you cannot get a COVID test, follow the 14 day quarantine regardless.
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
If you answer yes, all three of the following are required before return to practice:
- A minimum of 14 days of self-quarantine from the positive test.
- 72 hours with no symptoms.
- A subsequent negative test.
Testing and results must be reported to the coaching staff to monitor contacts and early signs of transmission within the team or groups.
- Have you have had close contact within the last 14-days with someone who has COVID-19 or who has any of the above symptoms? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes per CDC Guidelines.)
If yes, self quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. If symptoms occur, apply questions/procedures 1 & 2 above.
- Have you traveled out of state?
If yes, must show a negative COVID test within 72 hours of return, or self-quarantine for 10 days.
When YMCA personnel ask if you traveled out-of-state, they are not asking for your state residency. This question applies to both NJ and PA residents for your home state. If you traveled from your house to the YMCA as you have been doing within this region, regardless of your state residency, you are fine to enter the YMCA (so long as you answered no to the other health screening questions and do not have a fever). The question really wants to know if you've been "traveling" (vacation, business, etc.), and thus possibly increased your chances for COVID exposure in the last 10 days.
For example, for me personally, when asked if have I "traveled" out-of-state, my answer is no. I have not been "traveling" out-of-state; I went from my NJ home to the YMCA as I will do several times each week. However, if I were vacationing or visiting areas outside of Pennsylvania or New Jersey that were not my home (or even if was traveling in visiting my extended family in NJ), then I would say yes. Clearly, Gov. Wolf's executive order is meant to limit the spread of Covid-19 into PA from other states, but for those of us who live on the border and routinely go between both states, it's not so clear cut as to how that should be applied in our situation. However, I believe the above is a reasonable interpretation for our circumstances as YMCA members in this area.