The CDC defines a close contact to COVID–19 as an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to taking a test) until the time the patient is isolated. Brief interactions are less likely to result in transmission; however, symptoms and the type of interaction remain important. Factors to consider when defining close contacts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Defining Close Contacts
Players who test positive or are symptomatic close contacts to a case should self-isolate and not return to team events until the following criteria are met:
Players identified as close contacts to a COVID -19 case should not come to team events and take the following steps:
It is important to note that players who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have met the criteria to be released from isolation do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. The information provided is based on current CDC guidance and is intended to assist in the defining close contacts as part of the contact tracing efforts following the identification of a COVID-19 case.