The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) requires unvaccinated individuals ages 13 -19 participating in contact and non-contact organized sports to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis, in addition to following certain safety measures. More frequent testing is required for unvaccinated individuals, regardless of age, participating in contact sports where the sports organizer has determined that a face mask cannot be safely worn. A negative COVID-19 test result is required for unvaccinated individuals on at least a weekly basis, and more frequently for unmasked practice or play. These requirements apply to both school and non-school sponsored athletics, and they remain in place pursuant to MDHHS's "Gatherings and Face Mask Order" issued on May 4, 2021. Along with other mitigation practices, like wearing a face mask, screening for symptoms before practice or play, and frequent cleaning, the May 4, 2021 MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics outlines how testing for SARS-COV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can and, where required by MDHHS's Order, must be used as part of a comprehensive strategy to allow organized sports participants to compete in a safer way.
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Is this order for all sports and club/school teams? Yes, the latest epidemic order applies to both school-sponsored and non-school sponsored athletic activities, such as club sports.
If our athletes are required to test, are we being asked to administer these tests ourselves? Do we have the option of letting our members obtain their own test at a testing facility and then submit their results once a week? Each sports organizer can determine how to implement the testing requirements. Your club can administer the tests yourselves or send participants to sites in the community for testing.
Are COVID-19 tests being made available to all teams and all sports all across Michigan? Yes, MDHHS will provide testing supplies at no cost to any sports organization that requests it.
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Antigen Test Result Reporting (This is to be done on the day of testing)