Positive Case Requirements

If a team has a reported positive COVID case by a player or coach, the Risk and Safety Director needs to be notified immediately by the team representative for each positive case. The team representative is responsible for notifying the team and any other teams impacted because of a shared ice or a game.

Information to include in the email are date of contagious stage, last interaction the individual had with the team. Risk and Safety will notify the team and the ice scheduler when they are eligible to return.

Sports teams and recreational facilities are required to immediately notify Ottawa Public Health (OPH) when they become aware of two or more people who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period in their team/facility, by using the COVID-19 Community Reporting Tool.

As per the city of Ottawa:

Sports Team Protocol When a Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A member informs their team delegate of their positive test result

• Remind individual to self-isolate at home until they are provided with more direction from Ottawa Public Health (OPH).

• Clean and disinfect surfaces that may have been touched by the individual who tests positive for COVID-19 as soon as possible

OPH is informed of a member’s positive test result.

• OPH confirms the positive test result and when the member last participated in team sports and if they participated when they could have spread the virus to others (period of communicability).

• If the member participated during that period, OPH will request that the member share this information (dates and other high-risk contacts) with their delegate.

Delegate identifies high-risk contacts

• Based on the dates and names of close contacts provided by the member, the delegate confirms and identifies any missing high-risk contacts.

• High risk contacts are individuals with or without a mask or eye protection*:

o For team sports or group athletic settings (i.e. dance, gymnastics, etc)

? Everyone on the team or part of the group is considered a high-risk contact, including anyone (athletes, coaches, officials, and trainers) in the field of play (all areas used for sport activity such as change rooms).

? During a game, both teams (athletes, players) and staff (coaches, officials, and trainers) are considered high-risk contacts.

o For individual sports, athletes, coaches, and trainers present at the time would be high-risk including anyone in the field of play.


• Because COVID-19 (particularly the variants of concerns) is easily transmissible and sports can increase the spread due to close and frequent encounters without masks, the definition of a high-risk contact captures anyone who may have been exposed and could further spread COVID-19. If there are doubts of whether an individual or individuals should be high risk, it is best to identify them as a high-risk contact and err on the side of caution.

*eye protection is recommended within 2m (6ft) from others

*If you have any questions about this step, please call 613-580-6744

Delegate informs high-risk contacts

• Once the high-risk contact list is finalized, the delegate informs the identified members that they must self-isolate at home. Please forward Member High-Risk Contact Letter to identified high-risk contacts.

• The delegate will inform high-risk contacts of the date when they can return to play (at least 10 +1 day) after the last contact with the positive member.

• Fully vaccinated High-Risk Contacts may not need to self-isolate if certain criteria are met, which can be found here. To ensure review of exceptions, please provide all High-Risk Contacts with the High-Risk Contact Letter even if an individual indicates they are fully vaccinated.

*It is VERY important that delegates do not share with other members who the member who tested positive is as this information is confidential!

Important Information

HIGH-RISK contacts must self-isolate at home for 10 days after they were in contact with the member who tested positive for COVID-19, even if the high-risk contact has a negative COVID-19 test result.

SYMPTOMATIC members should be tested right away.

ASYMPTOMATIC (no symptoms) high-risk contact members should go for testing 7 days or later after the last close contact with the member who tested positive.


Member - a member is an individual associated with the team or organization. This could represent a player, coach, trainer or even parents involved with the sport and participating within the facility.

Delegate - means the individual who has the delegated authority and responsibility within the team’s return to play protocol to be the lead safety officer or manager of attendance, screening and contact tracing information.


Disclaimer: The measures that are taken to reduce risk of spread, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing a mask, are all taken into account when doing risk assessments and identifying contacts as high or low risk, but they do not independently control or guarantee the outcome of these assessments

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