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COVID Fall 2021

Lakeside Swimmers and Families

As the COVID-19 Delta Variant becomes more prevalent, we are updating our safety protocols to meet these challenges. Effective immediately, Lakeside supports the MTM policy of requiring ALL patrons and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to be masked any time they are not in the water.  Lakeside services a large population of children ages 12 and under, as well as some high-risk individuals share MTM with us. These steps will allow us to operate with normal class/practice times AND keep our members safe while doing so. We are confident that you will agree with our assessment to ensure we are offering quality programming in a safe environment.

At this time, parents/spectators of the swim team will be allowed in the facilities, following the same guidelines and will practice proper social distancing, while wearing a mask.

FAC & LAKESIDE
Currently, the City or Shelbyville, does not require a mask in their facilities and Lakeside will follow their guidelines when at the FAC.  Coach Tom will keep us posted of any changes and families will be notified.  We do expect all Lakeside families to follow our suggestions, the approach to testing and exposure and make their best effort to keep themselves, teammates and other patrons as safe as possible.

MTM & LAKESIDE MASK POLICY
In late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated its guidance for schools, recommending that children, teachers, and others in K-12 schools across the nation wear masks this school year, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The City of Louisville also requires a mask at all City Buildings. This recommendation is in line with those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Based on this guidance and for the safety of our athletes, staff, and visitors, Lakeside and MTM requires the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings in our facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC indicates correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. With that in mind, Lakeside/MTM requires masks to:

  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin.
  • Fit securely against both sides of the face.

Masks that have an exhalation valve or vent and masks made from mesh fabrics are not recommended by the CDC as they allow virus particles to escape and spread.

PLEASE NOTE:  When swimmers are in the water and the staff is not in direct contact with a swimmer, due to the nature of active coaching Lakeside staff may coach without a mask.  Staff will keep mask with them at all times and continue to wear when within six feet of anyone.  This is based on the amount of speaking, instructing and activity the staff must have to be effective.  Other persons on deck will follow the masking requirement, even if six feet apart. This is subject to change per MTM/City guidelines.  

SOCIAL DISTANCING
We ask that everyone practice social distancing to their best ability while at MTM/FAC. Athletes, staff, and patrons should do their best to maintain 6 feet separation. Additionally, coaches and instructors may place athletes/students in appropriate lanes which will allow us to contact trace should someone become ill. We may determine that starting swimmers from both ends of the pool may be necessary to provide more separation while in the water.

LAKESIDE SELF-ADMINISTERED HEALTH SCREEN 
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control symptom list and perform a personal health screen each day before you visit a Facility. The most concerning threat to an organized sports team is infection transmission within the group and beyond. Effective containment depends on early symptom identification, removal from practice (isolation and quarantine), and adherence to guidance regarding return to practice. Lakeside recommendations are subject to change. Any guidance provided by a public health entity supersedes this guidance.

Each day before your visit to MTM, please check your health and ask these questions:

1) Do I have a temperature of over 100 degrees?

2) Do I show any of the following symptoms or signs of illness?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

3) Was I in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes) of someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks, or someone getting a test or waiting for test results?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, DO NOT ATTEND YOUR PRACTICE/WORKOUT AT LAKESIDE until you have none of the above symptoms and you have received a negative Covid test.

EXPOSURE/CLOSE CONTACT
This timeline is for anyone who has been in close contact with a person with a positive case of COVID-19 (including while not at MTM/FAC). The CDC defines a close contact as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes.

Requests/Suggestions:

  • Swimmers 12-under to avoid using the locker rooms for other than going to the restroom
  • Swimmers 13-older, limit locker room use to the restroom and changing after school – do not hang out or leave belongings in the locker rooms
  • Stay six feet apart always – limit any chance of exposure
  • Limit arriving early or staying late at practice – do not just hang out at the facility.
  • Follow appropriate hygiene guidelines
  • Bring your own water bottle and equipment.
  • We have to be safe, not only for us, but for the other swimmers and their families.

 

 

 

 

Lakeside Approach to COVID-19 Testing & Exposure

 

Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, and are symptomatic may return to practice after:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, but are asymptomatic may return to practice after:

  • At least 10 days since date of test (not necessarily date of results) or onset of symptoms and
  • If symptoms arise, at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • If symptoms arise, symptoms have improved

(*Note: If individual has onset of symptoms AFTER a positive test, the 10-day quarantine restarts on date of onset of symptoms. A post-positive onset of symptoms needs to be reported immediately)

 

Unvaccinated individuals that have had close contact* with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19 may return to practice after:

  • Day 10, without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring
  • Day 7, if testing negative and having no symptoms. The testing specimen can be collected and tested within 48 hours before seven (day 5 from exposure), but quarantine cannot end until at least one week has passed

*NOTE: Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.

* Exception: In the INDOOR CLASSROOM SETTING, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least >3 feet away from an infected student if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks.

People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Siblings or persons living in same household with a positively tested/confirmed COVID-19 individual, may return to practice after:

  • Quarantining for 14 days and
  • Checking temperature twice per day and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19
  • In the case that a COVID positive family member can be completely isolated from the family, the other family members will be treated as a ‘close contact’ from the last known contact date with the positive individual.
  • Strongly suggested their quarantine period is extended to 14 days past the sibling’s period of being contagious - so at the very least it is 24 days (10 days from the time the sibling is tested, plus 14 days that the virus could replicate and the close contact sibling could become positive.  This period of time could be extended if the sibling or family member is continuing to have symptoms or has a fever.). If the positive sibling has severe illness, the quarantine period maybe extended. The CDC offers additional guidance on severe illness.

Siblings or persons living in the same household with individuals that have had close contact to a person that has tested positive for COVID-19:   Do not need to quarantine, however, should be closely monitoring temperature and health in regards to COVID-19 symptom.

 

We do feel that if swimmers follow all practice guidelines, wear their mask, do not have prolonged face-to-face exposure to another during practice, that there is very little chance that transmission would occur at the practice setting.  Most feel with the indoor pool environment, that swimmers exhale into the water and based on studies it is unlikely the virus can spread.  Combined with the approach and guidelines we have outlined, we feel very good at our “at practice” approach.  We will continue to diligent about this and really depend on the swimmers and families to follow and support all safe practices, regardless of their personal opinion on the issue.

It is very hard to make a blanket statement and or approach, due to so many different views and the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will not all agree on the protocol, however, after working with professionals who are well educated on the situation – we feel it is a safe and strong approach to what we have to deal with.  With every situation being different it is hard to draw any hard fast rule that all would agree upon.

Please refer to the CDC Guidelines, your healthcare professional or local health department for further information and or assistance. 

Posted 8/31/2021

 
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