Coronavirus Guidance and Mitigation Protocol
Del Mar Little League has developed the following mitigation protocol based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources and current direction from the State of California, San Diego County, and other local government bodies. Some aspects of the protocol may change as different or additional guidance is promulgated by local, state, and national authorities.
- The League will monitor COVID-19 guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agencies, Public Health Services (PHS).
- Managers, coaches, umpires, and league administrators will report positive cases and possible exposures to the Board. The Board will investigate any COVID-19 illness and determine if any league-related factors contributed to the risk of infection, updating this plan as needed to prevent further cases.
- Health Protocols for Volunteers, Players, and Families
- All volunteers, players, and families must monitor themselves for the following conditions:
- Symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection: Cough - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - Chills - Repeated shaking with chills – Muscle pain - Headache - Sore throat - Loss of taste or smell - Diarrhea - Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Known close contact (exposure at less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period) with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.
- COVID Symptom Decision Tree
The League will follow the guidance of the CDPH to adopt a minimum 5-day self-isolation period for individuals who are COVID-positive. This new guidance was released on Dec. 30,last updated on January 6, and can be read in full at the CDPH website. The guidance stipulates that asymptomatic, COVID-positive individuals; COVID-positive individuals with mild symptoms; or individuals with a COVID-positive household member shall self-isolate for a minimum of five days and take a COVID-test on day five from their initial exposure. A negative COVID test is required to be cleared for a return to play between day six and day ten. If a negative test is not acquired, the individual should quarantine for a full ten days and would be allowed to return to swim on day eleven.
- Face Masks. Face masks are only required for indoor activity. Volunteers and players may wear a face mask for outdoor activity at their discretion.
- Overview of CDPH Guidelines:
a. A Person, regardless of vaccination status, tested positive for COVID-19:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms should isolate for a minimum of 5 days.
- Stay home for at least 5 days.
- Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen* collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
- If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
- If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
- If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)
*Rapid Antigen test allowable due to current situation of testing labs being overwhelmed.
b. If a volunteer or player is a close contact outside of the home (exposed to a confirmed case):
- Volunteer/player may continue to attend practice or games if they are asymptomatic, wear a mask, and test at least once between 3-5 days from exposure.
- If the test is positive, follow guideline 1.
- If unable to test or choosing not to test, quarantine for the longer of 10 days from the date of exposure or until symptoms resolve.
- If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
- Follow guideline 1 if test is positive.
- If symptoms develop, volunteers/players may not return to practice or games until either 1) they test and show evidence of a confirmatory negative PCR test, or 2) quarantine for the longer of 10 days or until symptoms resolve.
c. If a volunteer or player is a close contact with a household member, the person exposed should follow the minimum 5-day quarantine in guideline 1 and return to play only if they have a negative test and are symptom free.