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ACC updates COVID protocols to allow for reduced isolation period

accThe ACC announced today an addition to the league’s Medical Advisory Group Report that includes options for reducing isolation for vaccinated individuals from the current mandatory 10 days, if permitted by local and state public health officials.

The updated report maintains the below language related to isolation, while adding two options to shorten isolation for vaccinated individuals.

Pursuant to CDC guidance, an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 shall be isolated for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms/positive test and at least 1 day (i.e., 24 hours) has passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

A student-athlete’s medical treatment will be determined by institutional medical staff, and be considered unavailable for training, team/group activities or game play until the student-athlete has both completed necessary isolation and had a medical clearance by team physicians.

A vaccinated individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may complete isolation when one of the following occurs, if permitted by local and state public health officials:

  • Once asymptomatic, the individual has two negative tests (i.e., molecular PCR or antigen) from specimens that are collected at least 24 hours apart; or
  • At least seven (7) days have elapsed since the first positive test, the individual’s symptoms are improving, and the individual has one negative test (i.e., molecular PCR or antigen) within 24 hours of being cleared.

Such an individual must be fever-free for at least 24 hours to be cleared under either of the above options.


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