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Feb. 23, 2017

As you may have heard by now, seven cases of measles have been confirmed in Nova Scotia over the past week.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to remind our minor hockey associations and female hockey zones about the steps that their teams and players should take to help reduce the spread of infection in the hockey environment. These are steps that Hockey Canada and Hockey Nova Scotia ask our members to follow throughout the year, each and every season:

  • Team staff need to emphasize to players and parents the need for total cooperation in all aspects concerning personal hygiene.
  • Players should be urged to report all illnesses to their parents and the Safety Person/Trainer. Parents are urged to keep their children away from the hockey environment if they are showing any signs of illness.
  • Players should be encouraged to wash hands routinely and always after handling hockey equipment. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is one of the best preventions we can recommend. Teams are encouraged to carry extra hand soap or hand sanitizer as not all arenas have this readily available.
  • Talk to your players about covering their mouths and nose when coughing or sneezing using their arm as opposed to their hands.
  • Advise players to try and not touch their own mouths or nose when in the hockey environment to reduce the chance of them passing an illness on to themselves.
  • Ensure all players and staff members have their own water bottles labeled with names and players numbers. Sport drink bottles should be avoided as direct lip contact is possible when drinking.
  • Officials and coaches should avoid drinking from players’ water bottles and have water readily available to them on their benches.
  • Players should not share towels, clothing, bar soap or other personal items such as razors.

Please ensure that all of your teams receive this information.

These are simple steps that we can all take to help prevent the spread of illnesses at all times during the hockey season.

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