Covid-19 (RAT) Test Results and Return to Hockey Activities

Frequently asked questions:

  • Is a rapid antigen test a confirmed positive?

    • YES – see below
    • Positive result with symptoms
      • Isolate immediately:
        • Fully vaccinated: 5 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, plus 5 days of wearing a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
        • Not fully vaccinated: 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
      • Do not continue rapid testing. Book a PCR test only if you meet the high-risk conditions outlined below.
      • Notify all close contacts from the previous 48 hours that they should monitor for symptoms and be cautious about going to any high risk settings like continuing care facilities or crowded indoor spaces
    • Positive result no symptoms
      • Isolate immediately.
      • Take second rapid test in 24 hours:
        • If negative, isolation can end unless you develop symptoms.
        • If positive, continue isolating as outlined above.
      • If second test is positive, inform all close contacts as indicated above.
  • Can participants return to hockey activities after 5 days if they have tested positive but are now symptom free?

    • No for players – regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Yes for fully vaccinated coaches – and MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. 
      • Positive cases must wear a mask from days 6-10 after developing symptoms or testing positive. However, in the high intensity sport of hockey, it is not deemed feasible for a player to be properly masked underneath their cage during game situations, but this also applies in most cases for practices.
        • Isolation period
          • Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. 
          • For 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times when around others outside of home (this would include at hockey).
          • Not fully vaccinated (1 dose or less): isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
          • If you test negative and have symptoms, you should still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.

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