Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saint Paul Basketball Association is following the recommendations/guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for our teams. We plan to adjust association policies during the course of the year whenever necessary, based on CDC and MDH guidelines and the current COVID test positivity rate.
See below for updated guidance from MDH as of Nov, 2021.
Following exposure to a positive case, the guidance outlines a 5-day period in which those vaccinated need to wear masks whenever indoors. Unfortunately, there is currently no specific guidance provided re: whether masks are effective to prevent viral spread when playing basketball. Given the current severe outbreak in Minnesota, the Board, in the interest of erring on the side of safety, has made the decision that teams will need to pause activities when there is exposure to a positive case on the team, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated players will need to pause for 5 days. Unvaccinated players will need to pause for a full 7-day quarantine from the team, after which they can return to activity following a negative test and no symptoms.
The association is asking that, if a coach becomes aware of a positive COVID-19 case on their team, please report to one of the following board members:
Rick Hilger 651-216-5952
David Peterson - 651-307-3004
Megan Jacobson - 651-216-9277
The basketball board and head coach, in consultation with the board's medical advisor, will work together to assess and communicate impact to individual teams.
It is intended that this policy be revisited after the holidays, or sooner if warranted.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation and support.