Voorhees Jr Football and Cheer follows the guidance set forth in the "Public Health Recommendations for Youth Sports" from the NJ Dept of Health, dated September 20, 2021. This document includes the following directive in regards to testing and exclusion from youth sport activities:
Testing is an important tool to identify persons with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms, which can prevent further transmission and outbreaks. Where feasible, prevention plans should include options for testing. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 should not participate in youth sports activities until they meet the criteria for discontinuing isolation or quarantine.
Persons who are ill: Anyone experiencing fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested for COVID-19 and be referred to medical care if needed. Persons who test positive (or who don’t get tested) should not return to sports until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.
Persons who had close contact with someone who has COVID-19: Persons who had close contact (within 6 feet for >15 minutes in a 24-hour period) should be tested for COVID-19.
• Unvaccinated individuals should be tested as soon as possible and if negative, again 5-7
days after the last exposure. When COVID-19 activity is “High,” persons who test negative (or if they weren’t tested) should stay home and quarantine for 14 days. If
COVID-19 activity is not “High,” they should quarantine for 10 days if they aren’t tested or 7 days if they test negative between 5-7 days after exposure. If they test positive for COVID-19, they should follow timeframes for “persons who are ill.”
• Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, but as long as they remain asymptomatic, can continue participation in youth sports.