Covid-19 Protocol

Swimmers get dropped off for practice, and picked up. because of facility spacing around viewing areas, we do not allow any parents to come inside the facilities to watch practices. Swimmers come inside, say they are here for Otters practice, show their ID, and come wait on socially distant numbers outside the pool area until their practice starts (at Uptown downstairs by the pool office, at Midtown in the gym by the pool).

A few minutes before practice a coach comes and goes through the following health screening questions with every swimmer:

  • Do you have any cold, flu, or Covid symptoms?
  • Does anyone around you, in your friend group, or family, have any cold, flu, or Covid symptoms?
  • Are you healthy?
  • Is your family healthy?
  • Can you taste and smell?
  • And we take their temperature (we do not record it)
  • Have you been in contact with anyone that recently tested positive for covid?

As long as they answer everything with a response indicating health and non-exposure, they can practice. If they have any negative answers, a call home will be made, and they are not allowed to attend practice until they cleared and healthy, and have had a negative COVID-19 test. We take every response seriously, so if a child is faking illness to hang out with a friend or skip a practice, they will still have to take a COVID-19 test to return.

All swimmers and coaches wear masks into the building, and during any non-practice time, including waiting for groups to start if on deck early.  (they take them off to shower, and swim). After the shower they put their mask back on until they are ready to swim.

We recommend swimmers arrive in their suits under their clothing. Swimmers have access to locker rooms, and should assess upon entry if there is space for adequate social distancing, and consider using the men's or women's (if 15 or older) or all-gender locker room, if it is too crowded. Swimmers leaving in their suits should wear baggy things over their suits, in order to change easily after practice.

Swimmers put their things on deck, on marked spots that are spaced out to keep swimmers socially distant.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN EXPOSURE, SYMPTOMS, OR POSITIVE COVID TEST

We follow MDH guidelines.

  • First, if there are symptoms, please set up a COVID-19 test and wait for a negative result to return
  • If your child has had an exposure, we follow the MDH guidelines from fall 2021:

Vaccinated swimmers:

  • If someone is vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if BOTH of the following are true:
    • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
    • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Non-vaccinated swimmers

People with the following types of exposures need to quarantine if they were not fully vaccinated (less than two weeks after completing a vaccination series, which is two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) before the exposure occurred:

  • People who were within 6 feet of someone contagious with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of a day (24 hours).
  • People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19.
  • People who had direct physical or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging, other types of physical contact) with a person who has COVID-19.
  • People with direct exposure to respiratory droplets from a person contagious with COVID-19.

Those who need to quarantine should stay home for 14 days after the exposure ended. This is the best strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to others.

A shortened quarantine period may be considered if ALL of the following are true:

  • The person has NOT had symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period.
  • The person does NOT live with someone who has COVID-19.
  • The person had a defined exposure, meaning a known exposure with a beginning and an end.

If the above conditions are met, a person may consider two shortened quarantine options as long as they remain without symptoms:

  • Ten-day quarantine without testing.
  • Seven-day quarantine with a negative PCR test (not an antigen test or antibody/blood test), if the test occurred on day five after exposure or later.