League Update: Positive Covid-19 Cases

OCUA prioritizes the health and safety of its members. Winter Session 1 has operated within Public Health Guidelines and with vaccination as a requirement for participation. Despite these best efforts, we are now aware of COVID19 transmission within our league in the past week.  

Seven participants in the Parity League at the East Superdome on Monday February 14th have since tested positive for COVID19 on either Friday February 18th or Saturday February 19th. One additional participant is symptomatic despite a negative test result.  These individuals participated on both Field 1 and Field 3 during both the 9:00pm and 10:15pm timeslots. Public Health Guidelines are currently defining a high-risk contact as someone who was exposed during the 48 hours prior to positive test result or symptom onset. This means that participants of the Parity League will not be identified as high-risk contacts. However, out of an abundance of caution for our membership, we will ask all Parity members who participated on Monday to not return to play in any OCUA league until Thursday February 24th. We also ask all participants to self-monitor for 10 days and inform OCUA immediate of any symptoms or a positive test result to permit further contact tracing across our other leagues. Finally, all Parity games scheduled for Monday February 21st have been cancelled.
Thorough contact tracing has been performed. Four of the positive cases also participated in other OCUA leagues this week. OCUA members who played on the same field and at the same time as these individuals on Wednesday and Thursday are being identified as high-risk contacts, have been notified individually, and must follow the appropriate public health guidelines. While these guidelines do not require high-risk contacts to self-isolate if vaccinated, we ask that these members not participate in any OCUA league for 5 days post exposure, and to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.  
With many members affected and unable to play in the coming week, we want to remind teams that game default fines are NOT in effect. We encourage captains to work together to enable games to continue by communicating challenges in advance and adjusting the game format if necessary.  
This is an evolving situation. We will continue to keep membership informed if we learn of any additional cases within our leagues. We appreciate that members reported these cases to us promptly. We also want to remind everyone to fill in the weekly health screening form and to please inform OCUA immediately of any new positive cases to facilitate our ongoing contact tracing efforts and management of this situation.  
We thank all our members for their continued cooperation and patience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to covid@ocua.ca.