COVID-19 Protocols

Porter Valley Polar Bear COVID Protocol 



Testing Protocol:

  • Coaches are tested frequently (every two weeks)
  • Swimmers are not required to be regularly tested
  • IF a swimmer comes into contact with someone who has tested positive, they may test, but are not required

Quarantining Protocol:

  • If contact is made with someone who is positive with COVID, regardless of the test results, all individuals must quarantine for 5 days and notify the coaches.
  • If a swimmer tests positive for coronavirus it is important that the coaches are immediately notified
  • The swimmer should quarantine for 5 days or longer if needed
  • Coaches would notify local health officials and comply with their suggestions which could included:
  • All staff and team member quarantining 
  • Only those who have come into unmasked contact quarantining 
  • Testing all those who have been in contact



  • If a swimmer tests positive for COVID the team will be notified
  • We will not provide the information of who it is for privacy purposes
  • Coaches will also specifically notify the last group of swimmers known to come into contact with the positive swimmer, providing as much information that is appropriate

Cleaning Protocol:

  • Always wear gloves and gowns appropriate for the chemicals being used when you are cleaning and disinfecting
  • Clean dirty surfaces with soap and water before disinfecting them.
  • Continue routinely cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces in the facility.

Office Procedures/Time stamp:

  • Employees who become ill or have Covid-19 like symptoms will be asked to leave the workplace and employers must maintain all information about employee illness as a confidential medical record in compliance with the ADA. 
  • Employers may ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19.  Currently these symptoms include, for example, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
  • Inform employees of their possible close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection in the workplace, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The most protective approach for the workplace is for exposed employees (close contacts) to quarantine for 5 days, telework if possible, and self-monitor for symptoms. This approach maximally reduces post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.

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