USA Team Handball statement on coronavirus

March 10, 2020, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

Dear USA Team Handball family,

We hope to share this message with our community to address the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact upon the domestic and international sports world. 

First, we want to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is USA Team Handball’s utmost priority. Please know that USA Team Handball is regularly communicating with the International Handball Federation (IHF), the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and other key stakeholders to follow their advice on this situation. 

We will continue to closely monitor and assess the outbreak as it pertains to our national and international competitions and events. USA Team Handball encourages our community to follow the guidance issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). You can find more resources and information at the end of this message.

We have decided to postpone our Collegiate National Championships in light of The Ohio State University’s announcement regarding events on campus. After evaluating the situation, USA Team Handball chooses to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our community. We will strive to schedule this event for a later date and we appreciate your understanding. 

Regarding our Open National Championships in May, USA Team Handball will continue to assess the feasibility of this event and will provide updates to our membership as soon as possible. For now, we would suggest holding off on making travel arrangements until we are able to determine our next steps.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus situation, please reach out to info@usateamhandball.org. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation together.

For more information, please find resources from the USOPC, CDC and the U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:

We do want to reiterate that the most important thing you can do is practice good hygiene. The WHO recommends the following:

  • Washing your hands frequently - Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly
    • Before eating or handling food
    • After using the toilet
    • After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • After touching public surfaces
  • Maintain social distancing - Try to maintain a metre away (3 feet) from people who are unwell
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
    • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
    • Disposing of used tissues immediately and appropriately in a bin
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early