Exposure & Return to Play
Return to Play Following Confirmed Covid-19 Infection:
These recommendations are intended to provide an outline for decision-making as it relates to protocols for navigating a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Persons with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 should quarantine immediately, and can leave isolation and return to normal activities 10 days after symptom onset so as long as:
- The individual has not had a fever in the past 24
- Symptoms are resolving
Athletes may want to contact their health care provider prior to a return to soccer.
Exposure to a Suspected or Diagnosed Case of COVID-19:
These recommendations are intended to provide an outline for decision-making as it relates to protocols for navigating a possible exposure to a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID-19.
Any player or staff who has been exposed to a COVID-19 case shall self-quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the case.
In this case, exposure means any one of the following:
- Caring for a sick person with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 OR
- Living in the same household as an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 OR
- Individual who has had close contact (> 6 feet) for greater than or equal to 15 minutes with known or suspected COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 *
In the cases of the first two bullets above, Clubs should consider these quarantine criteria “automatic”. In the case of the third bullet above, this determination of close contact can either be made by the club/organization or by contact tracers at MDH.
*If you are absolutely sure an individual had 15+ minutes of close (< 6 feet) contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, please ensure that individual self isolates for 14 days from last contact with the aforementioned case.
If you have questions about whether an individual needs to self-isolate, follow the below steps:
- Have that individual self-isolate (No on-site/in-person team activities)
- Email Sports.Covid19@state.mn.us and explain your exposure story. It’s ok to reach out to your local health officials instead, if you prefer.
- Don’t allow that individual return to team activities until you’ve received a recommendation from a state or local health
- Follow their
CDC Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure (Definition Above):
- Stay home until 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times
- Self-monitor for symptoms
- Check temperature twice a day
- Watch for fever*, cough, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop