What data do you have on the risk at StinkySocks Hockey games?
All of the data that we have been given suggests that the risk for transmission during a game is extremely low. Please see the SSH-specific data above.
Will I be notified if someone who I played a game with tests positive for COVID-19 or is suspected to be positive?
Yes, we will inform you if there was anyone in a game with you who then becomes symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 within 72 hours. However, the infectious period is considered to be 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic, or 48 hours of a test being taken that is positive in the case of no symptoms.
If I participate in a hockey game and someone later tests positive or becomes symptomatic, am I considered to be a close contact?
Yes, as of December 2020, DPH now considers everyone on the ice to be a close contact. This is the guidance that you should follow.
The above was a change from the previous guidance that considered close contacts to be anyone who was within 6’ of an infected individual for a cumulative 15 minutes within a 24-hour period. Defining close contacts formerly included bench and ice time, lacing up, congregating in lobbies and parking lots pre- and post- game, carpooling to and from the rink, and any other contact that occurs during a typical practice/scrimmage/game.
Where can I get tested?
If you believe that you may have been at risk of exposure or want to be tested for peace of mind, we recommend contacting your doctor for guidance. You can also access Stop the Spread sites (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread) that are provided at no cost by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There is also a complete map of publicly available testing sites (https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13). Please keep in mind that some of these may come at a cost and may still be using rapid testing as opposed to the recommended PCR testing. If a rapid test comes back positive, a PCR test is required to confirm a diagnosis, so we recommend that you get tested using a PCR test whenever possible.
If I’ve tested positive, when can I return to play?
Those who have tested positive and were not symptomatic can return to play 14 days following the day of their testing. Those who were symptomatic can return to play 14 days following the onset of their symptoms, provided that they have not had any symptoms within the past 7 days.