- A family member residing in the same home.
- Swimmers that trained in the same or adjacent lanes at the same end and who did not
maintain proper safe distance (6 feet) when resting between sets
- Swimmers that carpool together
- Contact less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes
LOW RISK EXPOSURE PROTOCOL
Should a swimmer have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 that is classified as low risk, ESP will require the following measures:
- i. No ESP activities for a period of 72 hours and be symptom-free prior to return
Low risk exposure with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 applies to the following:
- -Swimmers that trained in the same or adjacent lane, at the same end staggered to provide separation but had intermittent time spent within 6 feet of the infected person
- -Swimmers that trained in the same lane and at the same end and had close contact (within 6 feet when at rest between sets) of a sibling of someone who tested positive ***
***If the sibling the swimmer was exposed to develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the 72 hours then these swimmers would be re-categorized as high risk and should follow the high risk exposure protocol.
Please note that we are dependent upon transparency from each family – any attempts to mislead places our team and sport in jeopardy and could be subject to discipline at the team, LSC and/or NGB level.
Rapid test results will not be considered when determining isolation period, only FDA molecular nasal swab test and early negative tests will not accelerate the quarantine period.
An antibody test will not be used for returning to the pool.
Prior to competitions, the Meet Referee will be consulted if there are any known cases or exposures on the team and may require different measures than those listed above.
While this is the ESP policy stated today, we reserve the right to change this policy as we better learn how to manage this disease or to require different actions based on the specifics of a situation that may arise.
Meet fees or team dues will not be refunded should an athlete be unable to compete or practice due to a quarantine period.
ESP STAFF AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Coaches or parents who have been directly exposed (within 6 feet for 15 mins or more) should immediately raise the issue to the rest of the coaching staff to discuss proper protocol for maximum athlete safety.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY EXPECTATIONS
- All athletes must return a signed copy of the ESP COVID waiver (contact your coach for a copy).
- Safety checks will remain in place prior to entering the pool each day.
- Prior to and following practices and at competitions, we expected athletes to maintain a safe (6 ft) distance at all times. There should be no socializing prior to or following practices.
- Swimmers should take off masks only as they are getting into the pool and should put the masks back on as soon as they are able upon exiting the pool.
- Swimmers violating ESP Covid safety rules will be dismissed from practice and could face further discipline.
- Coaches will wear masks before and after practice begins when swimmers are on the deck, taking them off only when swimmers are in the water to speak instructions and coach from a safe distance.
- Coaches will make all efforts possible to stagger swimmers appropriately to minimize the opportunity for exposures. It is important that we get complete cooperation from swimmers to maintain social distancing during practices to reduce their risk.
- For everyone to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html - CDC index of information regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19