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COVID Protocols

Current COVID-19 Protocols (Posted 5/22/2022)

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. 

Masking

  • Universal masking is not recommended during low community levels.  Beginning March 1, 2022 masks are now optional for FCPS students, staff, visitors, and volunteers.
  • Individuals who are COVID cases or are known close contacts should mask during their isolation and quarantine periods. 
  • Additional information on isolation and quarantine periods can be found at this Fairfax Health Department link.

Reporting a Positive Case

  • If any of our players, coaches or referees have contracted COVID-19, please report it to your team's coach or to the Turnpike representative directly 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.

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.

Contact Tracing and Alerting Others

  • FCHD is no longer recommending the reporting and investigation of single, sporadic cases of COVID-19 on athletic teams. 
  • However, we will alert the other attendees if we are told that a single PC participated in a Turnpike practice or game.  We will only report that participation occurred and not the identity of the PC.
  • Turnpike is also required to report potential outbreaks of COVID-19 on teams (3 or more cases within 14 days) to FCHD.

Isolation & Quarantine

Pausing Team Practices and/or Games

  • FCHD may ask some teams to pause or stop activities until FCHD verifies vaccination and symptom status.
  • Turnpike may also postpone or cancel practices and games if necessary.

COVID-19 Community Levels

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

  • 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.  

Click here for more about CDC Community Levels

 

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.