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COVID-19 Advisory from Special Olympics Ontario

posted 10 Mar 2020, 17:26 by Admin Chair   [ updated 10 Mar 2020, 17:27 ]
SOO - Greater Ottawa community: 

We received the attached memorandum from Special Olympics Ontario CEO & Executive Director Glenn MacDonell with information and recommended strategies to utilize at this time re COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and Special Olympics Ontario will update communities as necessary. I will ensure coaches and team managers receive all updates sent my way in a timely fashion. 

As per the memo:
  • SOO does not have plans to cancel any of its programs, fundraising events, major games or special events at this time
  • at the community level, cancellation is dependant on how the specific community is handling the situation - I don't believe there have been any cancellations in Ottawa by city - if community is carrying on as usual, then local SO programs should do the same 
    • at this time, there are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa 
  • SOO encourages everyone to take simple actions to reduce exposure 
    • wash hands often
    • sneeze and cough into sleeve
    • avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth
    • avoid contact with people who are sick 
    • stay at home if you are sick - if an athlete/volunteer is sick they should not attend practice/tournament
If an athlete/volunteer has traveled to a high risk country ideally they would not attend practices/tournaments for 2 weeks upon return. High risk countries (at this time) include: 
  • China 
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
Please review attachment and let me know if you have any questions. 

- Lindsay McPhee, Programs Chair ( 
Admin Chair,
10 Mar 2020, 17:26