We have had a few student athletes at Green Canyon that have had family members who tested positive. I just wanted to give some further clarification of what we should be doing when we hear about these incidents.
First and foremost anyone who has had contact with anyone that tested positive should stay home until it is determined that they are safe to resume activities.
It should be reported to me or to one of your coaches so that we can help figure out what the next step should be.
The Bear River Health Department has told me that even if someone tests negative but has been in contact with someone that is positive, they still must quarantine for 14 days.
I have copied what “quarantine” actually means from the Bear River Health Department Website. It did help clarify a few things, so please take the time to read it.
If parents at any time do not wish to send their students to practices or weights just communicate that with their coach.
Parents please be assured that we are still taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. But we need you to help us do the same by not sending your kids if they have symptoms or if anyone they have been in contact with has symptoms or has tested positive. If in doubt check before you send them.
Thanks and let’s all stay safe!!
What is quarantine?
Quarantine is for people who are not sick and don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, but who may have been exposed to it. You may be asked to quarantine for 14 days if you were exposed to COVID-19. You may have been exposed to the virus if you came in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Close contact means you were closer than 6 feet from someone who has the virus for 10-15 minutes or more.
A quarantine keeps you away from others so you don’t infect someone else without knowing it.
You should stay in your house and not go around other people. Ask someone else to go to the store for you to get groceries or supplies. If that is not possible, try to go to the store only when necessary and pick a time when there are fewer people at the store such as in the early morning. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people if you need to go out. If your child’s school has been quarantined, you should not let them leave the house.
What is the difference between quarantine and self-isolation?
Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, but aren’t sick yet. Self-isolation is for people who are sick.
What do I do if I am told to quarantine?
While you are on quarantine, you should stay home for 14 days. You should also limit the number of visitors to your home, leave your house only if you have to or to get medical care, try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people, and clean surfaces that are touched often (phones, doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, sink handles, countertops, and anything metal).
You can find more instructions on what to do if you are on quarantine at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/Care_Booklet_English.pdf.
What if I get sick while on quarantine?
If you get sick with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, or a decrease in smell or taste while on quarantine, immediately self-isolate and call your doctor. You may need to be tested for COVID-19. Your close contacts and anyone living in your home should quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
If I am on quarantine, do I need to be tested for COVID-19?
The spread of COVID-19 is changing very quickly in Utah. Not everyone who may have been around someone with COVID-19 needs to be tested. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested.
If you get sick while on quarantine with a fever, cough, have trouble breathing, muscle aches, sore throat, or a decrease in smell or taste while on quarantine immediately self-isolate and call your doctor. You need to be tested for COVID-19.
If you do not get sick while on quarantine, you MUST finish your 14 day quarantine.
When can I go off of quarantine?
You can stop being on quarantine after 14 days, if you never get sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19. It’s important that you follow any instructions from the health department while you are on quarantine. Even if you do not get sick while on quarantine, you MUST finish your 14 day quarantine.
If I test negative for COVID-19 and feel fine can I stop my 14-day quarantine?
No. If your test is negative for COVID-19 and you have been told to quarantine because you had a known exposure to COVID-19, you must finish your 14 day quarantine. It may take up to 14 days to know if you will get sick. Call a doctor if your symptoms get worse. If your symptoms get worse, you may need to be tested again for COVID-19. You could still get sick with COVID-19.
Will someone from the health department check on me every day to see how I am feeling?
Yes, if the health department called to ask you to quarantine, someone will call to check on you every day for 14 days. This is called active-monitoring. On active-monitoring, someone from the local health department will call you one time a day to check on you and ask you how you are feeling. If you miss the call, it is important to call them back as soon as possible.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 while on quarantine, you need to self-isolate right away. You also need to call a doctor, your local health department, or the Utah Department of Health at 1-888-EPI-UTAH (1-888-374-8824).
Why do I need to write down my temperature and symptoms for 14 days?
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, it may take up to 14 days to know if you will get sick. This does NOT mean you will get sick, but it is important to write down your temperature and symptoms every day, just in case you do.
How do I monitor my symptoms?
You will need to take your temperature and write it down one time in the morning and one time in the evening each day for 14 days. You will also need to write down if you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing. You should have received a booklet called, “What to do if you are on quarantine or isolation” from the health department. They also call this a “care” booklet. If you did not get a copy of this, you can find it online at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/Care_Booklet_English.pdf.