Coronavirus Updates

Last Updated: January 11, 2021; 10:15 a.m.

The Washington State Department of Public Health (DOH) is the lead agency for the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working closely with public health departments across the state on coordinating and communicating about the response in affected counties.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington State is an active situation that continues to evolve. We are monitoring the situation and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as guidance from Special Olympics International.

To protect the health and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will remain in this phase of at-home training and competition through March 31, 2021.

There’s still plenty in store this winter season including:

    • A new Winter Wellness Cup, an eight (8) week program designed to keep athletes, coaches, Unified partners and family members healthy, fit and connected this winter.
    • A new Rocket League e-gaming competition.
    • The Fitness Heptathlon, an eight (8) week event that allows athletes not only the chance to compete against their peers from across the state but also allows them to continue to build healthy habits.
    • Weekly “office hours” with staff and volunteers to address questions regarding the Winter Wellness Cup, the E-gaming competition and the Fitness Heptathlon. See our Events Calendar for the schedule and log in information.
    • Virtual Resource Fair with lots of online, live workshops starting January 21. See our Events Calendar for the complete schedule.

To register for Winter season and the Virtual Winter Games, please click here.

In addition, we invite you to join us for the Polar Plunge Challenge, which in 2021 will be an interactive social media event to benefit Special Olympics athletes across the state. The fun culminates with Polar Plunge Week from February 22-26. To learn more and to sign up go to PolarPlungeWA.com.

Some areas within Washington may reopen sooner than other parts of the state. Please refer to Special Olympics Washington’s Return to Activities timeline for our plan for resuming in-person activities.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For a general overview of the coronavirus outbreak and what you can do to protect yourself, please visit the Special Olympics International website.

State of Washington – Spread the Facts

Bookmark this page for the latest information on the State of Washington’s response to the coronavirus outbreak: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/spread-facts

Resources for Special Olympics Washington Coaches and Area Leadership Teams

Please visit the Area Resources page for COVID-specific guidance on assessing athletes readiness for practice, coaches requirements and education, and other resources.

How to Use Zoom

In lieu of in-person events, many of our gatherings are now taking place on Zoom. Need a primer? Watch this video, or check out these step-by-step instructions (PDF) if you can’t access the video.

Special Olympics Washington Family Resources

Find a compilation of local resources for families here.

Special Olympics Strong Minds

Sleep and mental wellness are especially important these days. Check out these infographics for helpful tips: Tips for Healthy Sleep, Tips for Keeping a Strong Mind

Self-Care Tips for Special Olympics Families

As you care for your loved ones, remember to take care of yourself as well. Find useful tips here.

Fitness Training with the Teambuildr App

The Teambuildr fitness training app offers Special Olympics Washington athletes and teams access to workout plans to build strength, endurance, and speed. Special Olympics Washington athletes and teams can download the TeamBuildr app and follow a customized workout plan over the season. Use TeamBuildr at home on your own or with your teammates!

  • Watch our Teambuildr tutorial, which includes helpful information on how to set up and use the app.
  • For a guide with instructions on how to download the app and sign up, click here.
  • Both of these resources – the tutorial and the Teambuildr guide – can also be found on Dropbox.

Fit 5 Home Training Resources

Find training guides, fitness cards and videos on the Fit 5 website:  resources.specialolympics.org/health/fitness/fit-5-page

 

** Please continue to check back for updates as this situation continues to develop and unfold. **