Coronavirus Updates

Last Updated: August 31, 2020; 9:45 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.

NEW: To protect the health and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will remain in this phase of limited in-person interaction and at-home training and competition through December 31, 2020. Please read our fall season update here.

  • NEW: Although official in-person activities are suspended, we have plenty in store this fall season including:
    • More one-on-one athlete engagement.
    • A new Stride Challenge that you can walk, run or roll.
    • Virtual Fall Games with competitions offered in basketball, volleyball, cycling and flag football, plus an all-new Fitness Heptathlon and a new Health Bingo activity. Mark your calendars for Celebration Week: November 16-24.
    • Our annual Tasting Room fundraiser is going virtual on Saturday evening, October 24.
  • 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.
  • We encourage people to let Special Olympics Washington know if they know of any athletes, coaches, volunteers, or family members who test positive for the virus.

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. **