• Recent Changes to COVID-19 Testing for Athletes Participating in High-Risk Sports (Updated 1/27/22)

     

    The Washington Department of Health (DOH) has made the following updates to COVID-19 precaution requirements for high-contact athletics. 

    Schools/districts will now be required to:

    • Test high-contact sport athletes the day of competition only and exclude those who test positive. Testing of asymptomatic athletes three times a week is no longer required. By way of reminder, a student-athlete does not need to test if they have tested positive and recovered from COVID in the last 90 days. 
    • Ensure universal masking of all athletes during all practices/training for these high-risk sports. Coaches, trainers, and staff will not be required to be tested but MUST wear masks in all practices/training AND competitions.

    We are pleased that the state has changed the frequency of testing for our student athletes. Reducing the amount of required testing will help ensure we have a continuous supply of tests for staff and students who need them.