COVID Screening Testing for Sports

COVID-19 Screening Testing for Sporting Activities

  • To ensure safe participation in athletics, schools must institute screening testing protocols for unvaccinated athletes, coaches, trainers, and other personnel who work with athletes in high-risk indoor sports.
  • Screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high-risk indoor sports (basketball, wrestling, water polo, and indoor cheer). Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing. Screening testing of unvaccinated participants must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test.
    • A rapid antigen test must be performed on all unvaccinated athletes either the day before or the day of the competition.
    • The second test during the week should be performed 3-4 days prior to or after the competition and may be a molecular or antigen test.
    • In a multi-day event, antigen testing should occur either the day before or the day of the first competition. If possible, testing before each day of competition is optimal.
    • Cheerleaders do not need to test before every event they support, but rather at least twice per week. If cheerleaders are competing, they must test with an antigen test either the day before or the day of the competition. If possible, testing before each day of competition is optimal.
    • If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to quarantine while awaiting screening test results; unless they are exhibiting symptoms then they must isolate.
  • Unvaccinated athletes participating in indoor low or moderate contact sports are recommended, but not required, to participate in screening testing once or twice weekly. This is especially important when community transmission is substantial or high.
  • Any athlete with a positive test must be excluded from the event and removed from the venue. Contact tracing should be performed per guidance in the What to Do if Someone is a Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19 section. The team should work with local public health to determine how to approach isolation, quarantine, and further testing.
  • Unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts should quarantine immediately, even if they recently had a negative test. Unvaccinated close contacts are recommended to get tested immediately and at 5-7 days post-exposure while they quarantine.
  • Fully vaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts do not need to quarantine but should be tested 5-7 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if they test positive.
  • If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their health care provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
  • All point of care test results should be reported to the DOH in accordance with guidance available at the Reporting COVID-19 Test Results for Point-of-Care Testing Facilities site.

More information can be found here: WA State Department of Health K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year

 

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