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COVID Protocols

Current COVID-19 Protocols (Posted 5/5/2022)

We (and all other community organizations) received COVID-19 gym use guidelines and requirements from Fairfax County’s Public Schools (FCPS), Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) and Health Department (FCHD) in September 2021 for the 2021-22 school year.  Our policy and any updates will be posted in this space. 

  • What is Turnpike's Mask policy?
    • Universal masking is not recommended during low community levels. Beginning March 1, 2022 masks are now optional for FCPS students, staff, visitors, and volunteers.
  • What if I have a positive case to report? 
    • If any of our players, coaches or referees have contracted COVID-19, please report it directly to Turnpike’s representative at turnpike.basketball@gmail.com.
  • What should I report to Turnpike?
    • The Name and DOB of the Positive Case (“PC”);
    • The last day the PC participated in an organization activity and the gym location.
    • The PC’s team (including rosters & coach info);
    • The PC’s home address; and
    • Parent/Guardian Information – Name and Phone if the PC is a child.
  • What about privacy?
    • Turnpike will not disclose the name of the PC to anyone else besides the FCHD.
    • By law, the FCHD may not disclose the name of the PC or the informant. 
    • If the FCHD elects to further investigate (i.e. in cases of an outbreak), Turnpike will voluntarily comply with an FCHD contact tracing investigation by giving out the names of other potential close contacts.
      • Any violation of an order to comply with an FCHD investigation is a Class 1 misdemeanor against the Turnpike representative.
      • Further, if we don’t comply, the State Health Commissioner can order us to do so.
  • What happens next?
    • You don't have to report it to anyone else.
    • Depending on the situation, Turnpike may then reach out to the PC's family directly as well as all potential parties at risk of close contact.
    • Turnpike may also report the case to the FCHD under the following guidelines:
      • FCHD is no longer recommending the reporting and investigation of single, sporadic cases of COVID-19 on athletic teams.
      • Potential outbreaks (3 or more cases within 14 days) of COVID-19 on teams are still required to be reported to FCHD. 
  • Do we need to isolate or quarantine?
  • Could teams be asked to pause or stop?  Could we miss any practices or games?
    • FCHD may ask some teams to pause its activities until FCHD verifies vaccination and symptom status. 
    • In some cases, yes, the team may need to stop activities.

COVID-19 Community Levels

Fairfax County’s current COVID-19 community level is MEDIUM.

Click here for more about CDC Community Levels

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated health guidance on February 25, 2022.
  • The guidance includes new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels as well as what health and safety measures should be considered for each community level.  

 

Other COVID-19 Links

To continue our fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Fairfax County has asked us to share the following links with all our participants:

Whether you join Turnpike or some other club, it is important that you understand that all community organizations are responsible for ensuring that all players, parents, coaches and fans STRICTLY ADHERE to these guidelines. 

Yes, the guidelines can be a pain in the neck.  Please follow them anyway.