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Outbreak Protocol

Exposure Protocol

(Updated December 7, 2020)

Please understand that the process of managing and understanding and tracing an outbreak/exposure is an ever-evolving process. Each incident will be taken at the level of exposure as well as by medical professionals, IDPH, OSHA, Facility Protocols and whatever we need to consider. 

If anyone in your house is awaiting on test results, experiencing symptoms or currently under a quarantine - please refrain from attending in-person programming until those restrictions relinquish.

Here is a link to CDC Public Health Guidelines (updated 12/3/2020)

Please keep the well-being of the team at heart and do not hesitate to report exposure to the coaching staff. All patients will be kept confidential and our goal is to put the safety of the team and community first, training and conditioning second.

What is our current team protocol in the event of an outbreak or possible exposure? 

Regular communication will be sent to exposed athletes and a general communication issued to the team within 48 hours.  Medical staff is consulted for protocol and quarantine requirements. 

General Policy: 
Every case is unique and is evaluated on its own merit.

Please report any exposures/contact or active tests to our staff immediately. 
Safety Director - [email protected]

  1. Athlete Positive - close contacts are out 7-10 days from test date depending on symptoms; Return requirements will be discussed on case-by-case basis
  2. Family/Household Member Positive - Athlete out duration of family member's quarantine period; Return requirements will be discussed on a case-by-case basis
  3. Extended Close Contact Positive - Athlete out 7 days from contact if asymptomatic; If symptomatic - athlete must have negative test as well as 72 hours of no symptoms to return within 10 days of contact
  4. School/Generic Contact - Athlete out 7-10 days; test if symptoms only
  5. Travel - Athlete out 14 days through Stay At Home as per CCDH/IDPH but after SAH - revert to Chicago travel policy as posted.
    Orange states require a test within 72 hours of return OR 72 hours PRIOR to return to Illinois or 14 day quarantine (returning to in-person only after negative results); Red states & most international travel is automatic 14 day quarantine.

Positive Contact within the Practice Setting

In the event of notification of an athlete attending a workout and finding out that they were contagious or positive with or without symptoms at a workout - we will suspend all athletes in close contact from the workout that the athlete participated in for 7 days.  Exposed athletes who develop symptoms during quarantine will require a negative test to return to workouts OR a note from the doctor + 72 hours of symptom-free existence prior to return after the 14 day quarantine.

Coaches with direct extended close contact with the athlete will also need to quarantine for 7 days and will need get tested for Covid-19. 

Tests should occur no earlier than 5 days after exposure to the positive athlete. 

Other practice groups at the site on that day will be notified of possible exposure and will be asked to keep an eye out for symptoms. They will not need to quarantine. 

To return to workout - athletes will a positive test will need to be asymptomatic for 72 hours prior to return after the recommended quarantine, have documented negative test results OR have a note from their physician stating that they are no longer contagious.

Important Considerations

  1. We have to work with multiple organizations and the appropriate response may take time

    1. CDC, IHSA, IDPH and more...

  2. Changing dynamics may result in a longer timeframe for decisions to be made

  3. Facility protocol will differ from location to location

  4. We will more than likely have to change our response as cases & government restrictions warrant and there will not be a consistency between exposure

    This will inevitably happen multiple times.
    Patience, Empathy and Understanding is key for both staff and the affected family.