Positive COVID Test

If a CSOYO member, staff member or volunteer tests POSITIVE for COVID-19, the following actions will be taken:

1. The CSOYO Manager or CSO Executive Director should be notified immediately.

2. The CSOYO Manager will notify all members of all orchestras that a positive case was reported, and will share when and where the person was onsite. The person will remain anonymous. Members and their families can make their own determination of whether they need to be in quarantine.

3. The Hamilton Co. Dept. of Health will be responsible for contact tracing. When doing so, they are most concerned with people who were in close proximity (within 6 feet) with an infected person for 15 minutes or longer. The CSOYO expects all persons on site at rehearsal to wear masks and remain six feet apart or more. If these practices are followed, we may not need to shut down rehearsals or require that all people in a particular room be quarantined in the event of one positive case.

The CSOYO will examine each case and if multiple cases are reported in a particular group, we may decide to shut down this group temporarily.

CSOYO Members, staff and volunteers are encouraged to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing while moving through the building before and after rehearsal, and in the parking lot outside, in order to minimize the chance of spread. Carpooling should be avoided whenever possible.


DEFINITION OF CLOSE CONTACT by the Hamilton Co. Health Department:

Close Contact

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE.  At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.