FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 28, 2020
Reporting COVID-19 in Curling Clubs
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) -- USA Curling has confirmed that there have been three curling clubs within the United States that have experienced positive cases of COVID-19 to varying degrees.
USA Curling’s Member Services team has contacted these clubs to learn the facts of each instance, as accurate information sharing is essential to help plan a return to curling or to modify already existing guidelines.
Based on these conversations, recommendations from the USOPC Chief Medical Officer, and the CDC, USA Curling continues to discourage broomstacking in its traditional form, encourages clubs to enforce the wearing of masks (even while competing), and to allow only one active sweeper at a time.
Additionally, affected clubs that have implemented contact tracing procedures have been able to notify all impacted members, thus reducing the chances of an outbreak.
Should your club encounter a positive case of COVID-19, please contact USA Curling’s Member Services team, as the organization will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the curling community by sharing any applicable information, while remaining cognizant of confidentiality.
USA Curling wishes all impacted curlers a fast and full recovery.
Click here to view USA Curling's "Return to Curling" document. Please note, this is a working document that is not to supersede the recommendations provided by health authorities. The decision-making process to open a club to curling must be done in consultation and compliance with all relevant and appropriate state and local health agencies and authorities.
UPDATE: Two of the three clubs had strong protocols in place and executed a well-planned contact tracing and notification response once club leadership received news of member(s) testing positive. One club did not enforce masks but has sent out notice to members regarding the positive tests and the immediate implementation of new policies.