United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Communications

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

Today marks the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will be followed by 100 days to the Paralympic Games on May 16. The USOPC continues to work diligently with the Tokyo Organizing Committee, International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to ensure a safe and positive experience for athletes, and all Games participants, this summer. 

Out of an abundance of caution, federal health officials called for a halt in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, April 13, to examine a rare blood-clotting disorder that emerged in six (out of an estimated 6.8 million) recipients – all women between the ages of 18 and 48 who developed the illness between one to three weeks of vaccination. CDC advisers are due to meet today to review further. While the disorder is extremely rare, any individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two weeks should be alert to symptoms such as severe headache, abdominal or leg pain, blurred vision, losing consciousness, weakness in an arm or leg, seizure or coma, and are advised to contact their health care provider if any symptoms arise. For more information, please see the Medical section below. 
 
Additionally, and per the latest CDC guidelines, please note the OPTC Re-entry Playbook and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials Participant Rules – COVID-19 Mitigation Measures are being updated to indicate the duration of COVID-19 vaccination effectiveness is considered anything greater than two weeks following your final dose (opposed to the previous duration of greater than two weeks and less than 90 days). This is based on information indicating that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines both continue to be effective up to six months following vaccination. All individuals – including those who are fully vaccinated – should still comply with standard mitigation measures (i.e. wearing facial coverings, physical distancing, hand washing, etc.).           

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Medical  

  • Worldwide: 137 million cases and 2.96 million deaths 
  • According to the World Health Organization, global cases have climbed for seven consecutive weeks.  
  • U.S.: 31.3 million cases and 563,475 deaths
  • Yesterday, there were 77,312 new cases and 987 new deaths.
  • California: 7.7 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 7.6 cases per 100K) 
  • Colorado: 26.9 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 30.8 cases per 100K) 
  • New York: 36.5 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 8.5 cases per 100K) 
  • Utah: 13 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 15.9 cases per 100K) 

Vaccination Updates. Based on the New York Times tracker, 22% of the population has completed the vaccination series with 37% of the population at least partially vaccinated.    

As mentioned above, on April 13, federal health officials called for a halt in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to examine a rare blood-clotting disorder that emerged in six recipients. The blood clot occurs in the cerebral venous sinus (i.e. a blood vessel in your brain) and normally occurs in about five per 1 million people in the general population each year. Clotting of a vein in your brain can cause a stroke, which can present with a headache, abdominal or leg pain, blurred vision, losing consciousness, weakness in an arm or leg, seizure, or coma. While these cases are extremely rare, individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two weeks should be alert to developing symptoms and contact their health care provider with any concerns.  

Domestic Policies & Travel
New CDC Travel Recommendations. The CDC released updated travel recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals – including:  

  • Domestic travel: Fully vaccinated individuals may resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel, or self-quarantine after travel.  
  • International travel: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States. However, they must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of returning to the U.S. and test again on Days 3-5 after their return.  
  • All travelers – including those who are fully vaccinated – should still comply with standard mitigation measures while traveling (i.e. wearing masks, physical distancing, etc.).   

Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations. 

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel. 


Inbound Travel Waivers. 
As previously communicated, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires that some inbound travelers apply for a 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver prior to entry to the United States. 

  • Please note that U.S. citizens and long-term residents do not need a 212(f) Waiver. This waiver requirement applies to foreign citizens who have recently been in, or recently transited through, Brazil, South Africa, China, Iran, and many countries in Europe. Full details are available here. 
  • For requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer.  
  • The COVID-19 documentation must include the CDC's most recent language about vaccinated travel, which can be found here.
  • At this time, determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or one year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 
  • Please denote the specific role of staff in the "Role" column of the waiver request spreadsheet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not issue a waiver for an individual listed as "Staff," "Essential Staff" or "Support Staff.” 
  • Please identify for each traveler if they will be in the U.S. for four weeks or longer.  
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials to Nick Lowenthal at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

Visas – foreign citizens traveling to the U.S. The State Department is in the process of a phased resumption of visa services. Consular operations vary by post, and applicants should monitor embassy and consulate websites for updates on the availability of visa appointments.    

  • Many Consulates continue to operate at reduced capacity, and applicants should expect significant delays in obtaining visa appointments as operations gradually resume. NGBs should continue to consult the inbound travel team before planning international events.   

The Office of the Athletes Ombuds is working directly with athletes who are experiencing challenges while traveling abroad and returning from competitions. For athletes seeking independent and confidential advice, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org.

Games & Trials
100-Day Countdown to Tokyo 2020. With 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the USOPC is seeking further clarification on entry requirements into Tokyo with worldwide COVID-19 cases on the rise. To date, Japan has vaccinated less than 1% of its population, but Japanese government officials have pledged to secure 100 million vaccine doses for local citizens by the end of June.  

Testing and Foreign Entry Into Japan.
For everyone traveling to the Games, it is important to note that a negative COVID-19 test is required within 72 hours of your departure to Japan. The tests need to take place at a Japanese government-approved location. The USOPC is working diligently to develop a testing process for the Team USA delegation.  

In addition, it is imperative to not become infected with COVID-19 in the 90 days leading up to the Games since you can continue to have positive COVID-19 tests up to 90 days after your diagnosis. If you test positive for COVID-19 in your pre-departure test, you will not be allowed by the Japanese government to enter Japan.  

Reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 by getting vaccinated as soon as possible and following all standard COVID-19 prevention measures, including physical distancing, wearing a face mask, not touching your face, washing your hands, and avoiding public locations (e.g., restaurants, bars, movie theaters, etc.) where you are exposed to large numbers of people.


Training Centers & Facilities
OPTC COVID-19 Testing Program. Beginning April 12, COVID-19 PCR screening tests are being performed at the Colorado Springs OPTC due to community prevalence of COVID-19 exceeding 25 cases per 100,000. We will continue to monitor community prevalence in Essex County and update the Lake Placid OPTC community accordingly. El Paso and Essex County prevalence data can be found here.    
 
Under the OPTC testing program, each training center population has been split into three tiers (red, white and blue) based on individuals’ role and responsibility. All participants who work or train at an OPTC are required to participate in the testing program. This includes, but is not limited to USOPC staff, athletes, coaches, NGB staff and contractors. If you cannot make it to your assigned testing time, please contact sports medicine to reschedule your test.  

Additionally, and at the discretion of each National Governing Body’s high-performance director – the USOPC will offer OPTC athletes and coaches the option to receive daily COVID-19 PCR screening tests Monday through Saturday (rather than just once weekly) when community prevalence surpasses 25 cases per 100,000 on a seven-day rolling average. The increased frequency in testing will allow us to continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our OPTC communities, while permitting onsite and offsite athletes to continue training together in the critical lead-up to the Tokyo and Beijing Games. 

As cases continue to exceed the threshold in El Paso County, the CSOPTC will continue mandatory weekly testing each Monday for everyone in the red and white tiers. For athletes whose NGBs have opted into the daily testing program, the CSOPTC will continue testing Monday through Saturday.  

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

To ensure the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers remain a safe and productive place to train, the OPTCs will implement a COVID-19 testing program to better identify, prevent and mitigate risk of infection should local community prevalence reach pre-determined levels.  
 
Additionally, the Colorado Springs OPTC is piloting an optional wearable device through April to monitor physical distancing and provide contact tracing. More information on each mitigation measure can be found below under the Training Centers and Facilities section. 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and diligence to preserve the health and well-being of our community. We are beginning to see upticks in COVID-19 cases across the United States. It is our hope that these measures will support continued safe training for Team USA athletes and all who support them on the road to Tokyo and Beijing.    

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Medical  

  • Worldwide: 132.6 million cases and 2.88 million deaths. 
  • United States: 30.9 million cases and 556,561 deaths. 
  • Yesterday, there were 62,004 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the United States with 907 new deaths 
  • California: 6.9 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 8.1 cases per 100K) 
  • Colorado: 24.2 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 30.3 cases per 100K)
  • If cases in El Paso county stay above the 25 per 100K threshold this week, on-site and off-site athletes will return to separate training at the CSOPTC on Monday. 
  • New York: 38.7 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 10.1 cases per 100K) 
  • Utah: 12.7 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 22.7 cases per 100K) 

Vaccination Updates. Based on the New York Times tracker, 19% of the population has completed the vaccination series with 33% of the population at least partially vaccinated.   
 
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to anyone 16 years of age or older in several states, including Colorado and New York. Click here for a list of vaccination locations in your area and more information on how to schedule an appointment. 

Additionally, Colorado will retire the COVID-19 Dial system in mid-April. Once updated guidelines are released for El Paso County, the USOPC will apply these accordingly to the protocols and decision framework for Colorado Springs facilities. 


Domestic Policies & Travel
New CDC Travel Recommendations. The CDC released updated travel recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals – including:  

  • Domestic travel: Fully vaccinated individuals may resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel, or self-quarantine after travel.
  • International travel: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States. However, they must take a COVID-19 test before returning to the U.S. and test again on days 3-5 after their return.
  • All travelers – including those who are fully vaccinated – should still comply with standard mitigation measures while traveling (i.e. wearing masks, physical distancing, etc.).  

Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

Airlines are continuing to change schedules, cancel flights, etc. with little to no notice, so please check your flight status starting 72 hours prior to scheduled departure.  

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel. 


Inbound Travel Waivers. 
As previously communicated,U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring documentation for inbound travel to the United States – including: 

  • For 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer. 
  • At this time, determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or one year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Athletes and essential staff will receive waivers valid for one-year, multiple-entry. Dependents and some support staff will receive 30-day, single-entry waivers.  
  • Please denote the specific role of staff in the "Role" column of the waiver request spreadsheet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not issue a waiver for an individual listed as "Staff," "Essential Staff" or "Support Staff.” 
  • Please identify for each traveler if they will be in the U.S. for four weeks or longer. 
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials to Nick Lowenthal at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

The Office of the Athletes Ombuds is working directly with athletes who are experiencing challenges while traveling abroad and returning from competitions. For athletes seeking independent and confidential advice, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org.

Delta Airlines.
Beginning May 1, Delta Airlines will stop blocking the sale of middle seats.  

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between March 26-April 5, five competition events were cancelled in five sports – including three qualification events in Japan: FINA diving test and qualification event, FINA artistic swimming Olympic qualifier and Olympic open water marathon swim qualifier. Additionally, 28 events were created or rescheduled across 11 sports in 18 countries. 


Games & Trials
Tokyo 2020 Updates. Last week the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee cancelled two ticket programs, including Follow My Team tickets and Tokyo 2020’s Athletes Friends & Family program. All NGB and HPMO ticket contacts have been notified. Follow My Team tickets were designated for team sports, while Tokyo 2020’s Athletes Friends & Family program made two tickets available for purchase for every athlete. 

Additionally, Tokyo 2020 issued requirements for entry into Japan, which include registering all testing sites for any member of the delegation who may get tested and an official government form that certifies the authenticity of the test. The USOPC is working with Tokyo 2020 to seek exemptions on this process due to the electronic notification system in the U.S.


Training Centers & Facilities
OPTC COVID-19 Testing Program. Beginning April 12, COVID-19 PCR screening tests will be performed at the Colorado Springs and Lake Placid OPTCs when the prevalence of COVID-19 is above a threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 in their respective counties. The training center population will be split into three tiers (red, white and blue) based on individuals’ role and responsibility at the OPTC, and testing will occur based on community prevalence and assigned tiers. 

All participants who work or train at an OPTC are required to participate in the testing program. This includes, but is not limited to USOPC staff, athletes, coaches, NGB staff and contractors.

Once the community prevalence has been above 25 cases/100,000 for several days in a row, impacted individuals will be notified of plans to implement the program. Community prevalence is determined by the number of cases per 100,000 people on a seven-day moving average. El Paso and Essex County prevalence data can be found here.   

OPTC Contact Warning and Tracing. Beginning April 6, the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center began piloting a wearable device, Kinexon SafeTag, to monitor physical distancing and provide contact tracing. Unlike other devices, SafeTag only measures the proximity between individuals who are wearing the device and the length of time that interactions between those individuals occur – no geolocation or GPS data is collected. The half-ounce tag contains a proximity sensor and can be worn as a wristband, waistband, or in a credential holder (provided by USOPC). The USOPC will work directly with individuals who believe they cannot wear the device due to a disability. The device, which was used by the NFL and NBA as part of their COVID-19 safety protocols, will be evaluated for potential future use across both USOPC training centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, and possibly at the Tokyo Games.  

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

The USOPC is continuing to work with the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to learn more about potential implications of the decision to not allow overseas spectators into Japan this summer during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the latest information, please refer to the Games & Trials section below. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Medical  

  • Worldwide: 128.3 million cases and 2.8 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 30.4 million cases and 550,998 deaths.
  • Cases are trending upward around the country.
  • CA: 6.7 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 7.9 cases per 100K)
  • CO: 22.2 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 22.5 cases per 100K)
  • NY: 51.6 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 9.3 cases per 100K)
  • UT: 15.4 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 27.1 cases per 100K) 

Vaccination Updates. Based on the New York Times tracker, 16% of the population has completed the vaccination series with 29% of population at least partially vaccinated.  

On Friday, April 2, Colorado will become the latest state to open vaccine eligibility to all adults (ages 16 and over). Kansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas also expanded eligibility this week.

If the United States maintains its current pace of vaccination, about half of the total population will be at least partially vaccinated by early May, and nearly all will be partially vaccinated by late July, assuming supply pledges are met and vaccines are eventually available to children.


Domestic Policies & Travel
Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly. Additionally, travel restrictions and regulations change often, so please check regularly.
  • As of March 30, 2021, all passengers entering Germany must present a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA) at the time of departure. The proof of the negative COVID-19 test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry and is checked by the airline before departure.
  • This also applies to passengers who are entering Germany for transit purposes only.
  • Note: Germany does not have a waiver for those that have recently recovered and cannot yet produce a negative test.
  • If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.


Inbound Travel Waivers. 
As previously communicated,U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring documentation for inbound travel to the United States – including: 

  • For 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer.
  • At this time, determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or one year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Athletes and essential staff will receive waivers valid for one-year, multiple-entry. Dependents and some support staff will receive 30-day, single-entry waivers.
  • Please denote the specific role of staff in the "Role" column of the waiver request spreadsheet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not issue a waiver for an individual listed as "Staff," "Essential Staff" or "Support Staff.”
  • Please identify for each traveler if they will be in the U.S. for four weeks or longer.
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials to Nick Lowenthal at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

The Office of the Athletes Ombuds is working directly with athletes who are experiencing challenges while traveling abroad and returning from competitions. For athletes seeking independent and confidential advice, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between March 22-26, three competition events were cancelled in Brazil, Germany and Poland in three sports – Para shooting, canoe/kayak and cycling. Additionally, eight events were created or rescheduled across four sports in seven countries.


Games & Trials
IOC Cancels Accompanying Guest Program. The International Olympic Committee announced its decision to cut the number of officials that will be attending the Tokyo Games as part of ongoing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The IOC will grant accreditation only to people who have "essential and operational roles" at the Games. As part of this measure, the IOC has cancelled its accompanying guest program – which typically accommodates IOC and National Olympic Committee family members – as well as invitations to Olympic athlete legends and to guests through several other programs. 

Overall, a reduction in footprint of personnel who do not have a direct impact on athlete well-being and performance is to be expected, which may include international sports federations, media (accreditation E) and accompanying guests for sponsors. At this time, accreditation G is continuing, allowing for transferable guest accreditations for NOCs and NPCs (this is different than the IOC Accompanying Guest Program as mentioned above). 

The USOPC is seeking additional clarification from the IOC, International Paralympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Ticket Refunds.
CoSport/Jet Set Sports, the Authorized Ticket Reseller for the U.S. general public, and National Governing Body and USOPC hospitality programs, announced in a letter to ticket holders that it will refund the face value and shipping fees for Tokyo 2020 tickets, but not refund the 20% handling fee. Purchasers who wish to request a refund must submit the required documentation to CoSport by Friday, April 9, and can expect to see a refund in the third quarter of 2021. 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

As many of you heard over the weekend, the Tokyo Organizing Committee, International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee confirmed that foreign spectators will not be allowed into Japan this summer during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the prevailing risk of COVID-19. 

This is difficult news to digest for so many in our global community as the impact of the pandemic continues to alter our plans, and our lives. However, the nature of hosting any event – particularly one of this magnitude and scale – is complex, and we understand that the safety and well-being of all Games participants – and the local community in Tokyo – must be the priority. You can read Sarah Hirshland’s note to the Team USA community here.

We recognize you have questions – many of which are unanswered at this time – and the USOPC is working with the IOC, IPC, TOCOG and ANOC to better understand what this decision means for us all. We will share additional information as soon as we know more.  

Once again, this development presents a new opportunity for us to think differently and put forth creative solutions to connect our community in celebration of Team USA.

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Medical  

  • Worldwide: 123.3 million cases and 2.7 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 29.8 million cases and 541,000 deaths.
  • Over the last two weeks case numbers in the U.S. have hit a plateau, 13 states increased
  • CA: 7.0 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 9.7 cases per 100K)
  • CO: 16.9 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 19.9 cases per 100K)
  • NY: 30.4 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 6.2 cases per 100K)
  • UT: 14.7 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 31.9 cases per 100K)

Vaccination Updates. Based on the New York Times tracker, 13% of the population has completed the vaccination series with 25% of population at least partially vaccinated.

Colorado Dial 3.0. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updated today the state COVID-19 Dial to 3.0. The updates reflect the increasing number of Coloradans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine over the past four months. Click here for more information. 


Domestic Policies & Travel
Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly. Additionally, travel restrictions and regulations change quite often, so please check regularly.
  • If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.


Inbound Travel Waivers. 
As previously communicated,U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring documentation for inbound travel to the United States – including: 

  • For 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer.
  • At this time, determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or one year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Athletes and essential staff will receive waivers valid for one-year, multiple-entry. Dependents and some support staff will receive 30-day, single-entry waivers.
  • Please denote the specific role of staff in the "Role" column of the waiver request spreadsheet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not issue a waiver for an individual listed as "Staff," "Essential Staff" or "Support Staff.”
  • Please identify for each traveler if they will be in the U.S. for four weeks or longer.
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials to Nick Lowenthal at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

The Office of the Athletes Ombuds is working directly with athletes who are experiencing challenges while traveling abroad and returning from competitions. For athletes seeking independent and confidential advice, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between March 15-22, two competition events were cancelled in the United States and Canada, including one qualifying event in Para archery and one classification opportunity in wheelchair rugby. Additionally, 36 events were created or rescheduled across 12 sports in 16 countries – including 10 in the U.S. Among the rescheduled competitions was Baseball America’s Olympic qualifier, to be held in June in Florida. 


Games & Trials
Overseas Spectators. On March 20, the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the government of Japan announced the decision to not allow entry into Japan for overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The USOPC is working with the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 to more clearly define who constitutes overseas spectators under the new policy – including any potential implications for non-accredited support staff.

The announcement also confirmed that Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents from authorized parties will be refunded. Authorized parties for the U.S. delegation include the USOPC for Olympic and Paralympic family procured tickets and CoSport/Jet Set Sports for the U.S. general public and NGB/USOPC hospitality programs. The USOPC is working with all relevant parties to learn more about the refund timing and mechanism, and we will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

As we have seen, vaccination rollout logistics continue to improve in the United States, and it is predicted that there will be more availability for the general population to receive the vaccine by late April or early May.

The USOPC is in ongoing communication with various providers to determine a specialized program for vaccinating Team USA athletes and delegation members at the appropriate time and in a manner that supports public health guidelines.  

In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to investigate local resources, and if you identify an opportunity to receive the vaccine, please do so. As previously shared, information about how to get vaccinated in your area can be found here, and you can sign up to be on a COVID-19 vaccine standby list here. 

As we near the Tokyo Games this summer, we have received several questions regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine beyond the 90-day window. Preliminary studies by the CDC suggest that COVID-19 vaccines are still effective well after the 90 days in which they were given. Like many other recommendations around the evolving pandemic, the 90-day window may be refined as ongoing studies continue to provide a better understanding of how the vaccine impacts transmissibility and for how long.

Based on this information, don’t delay getting your vaccine out of concern about the duration of its effectiveness. Please continue to prioritize your health and well-being, and that of your family and loved ones – and take all the necessary steps to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have the opportunity to do so.

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Medical  

  • Worldwide: 120.8 million cases and 2.67 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 29.5 million cases and 536,922 deaths.
  • Yesterday: 54,440 new cases and 1,245 deaths in one day.
  • CA: 8.1 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 10.2 cases per 100K)
  • CO: 17.9 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 17.6 cases per 100K)
  • NY: 35.5 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 10.5 cases per 100K)
  • UT: 16.1 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 22 cases per 100K)

Vaccination Updates. Based on the New York Times tracker, 11% of the population has completed the vaccination series with 21% of population at least partially vaccinated.

  • Colorado. Effective March 19, Colorado will move to vaccination Phase 1B.4, which includes people ages 50 and over, student-facing higher education, frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services and other industries, and people ages 16-49 with a high-risk condition. Click here to for the full list of eligible individuals.
  • New York. The New York state government altered its mandate allowing people who have been fully vaccinated or have previously been infected with COVID-19 to bypass the quarantine requirement upon arrival in the state. Additionally, New York passed legislation allowing time away from work for employees to get the vaccine. 


Domestic Policies & Travel
Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly. Additionally, travel restrictions and regulations change quite often, so please check regularly.

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.

Inbound Travel Waivers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring documentation for inbound travel to the United States – including: 

  • For 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate.
  • At this time, determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or, one year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer.
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

The Office of the Athletes Ombuds is working directly with athletes who are experiencing challenges while traveling abroad and returning from competitions. For athletes seeking independent and confidential advice, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between March 5-15, five competition events were cancelled in five countries across four sports – including one canoe sprint qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, 34 events were created or rescheduled across 11 sports in 19 countries – including two in the U.S. Among the rescheduled competitions were Tokyo 2020 qualifying events for trampoline gymnastics (in Italy) and beach volleyball (in Mexico), in which athletes will be eligible to earn qualification ranking points.


Games & Trials
COVID-19 Mitigation and Trials. The Team USA Delegation Rules COVID Safety Working Group – which is inclusive of USOPC, NGB and athlete representation – shared the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials Participant Rules – COVID-19 Mitigation Measures last week. These policies are available at TeamUSA.org/coronavirus, along with supporting resources – including a detailed FAQ.

Consistent with public health standards, these policies are intended to provide clear guidance to NGBs to protect against, safeguard and eliminate the spread of COVID-19 at Trials, most notably including:

  • Creating a clear NGB COVID-19 Mitigation Plan that upholds applicable local and state public health requirements related to COVID-19. Athletes will be required to submit a signed agreement to abide by the plan as a condition of participation at Trials.
  • Appointing a COVID-19 officer and medical director to oversee implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the plan, including testing and contract tracing.
  • Clearly conveying to all Trials participants the parameters that would result in event postponement or cancellation; when a participant may be removed from the venue and/or barred from participation; the potential impact on team selection; and a minimum set of standards for the response and review process if participation at Trials is affected.

 
Additionally, we wanted to highlight one correction to the COVID-19 Rules – Section 6.C. Clarifying language is being added to address the impact of contact tracing on individuals who have completed a full COVID-19 vaccination series (at least two weeks and no more than 90 days prior to Trials) or who have been previously infected (within the last 90 days). These individuals will not be required to quarantine if they have had close sustained contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 provided they are asymptotic.

While these policies establish clear participation review processes to support athletes’ rights to compete, they do not determine criteria or procedures for team selection and qualification, which are defined by the NGB and vary by sport. Athletes who are seeking direct support are encouraged to contact the Office of the Athlete Ombuds at ombudsman@usathlete.org for independent and confidential advice.

These policies and recommendations may be updated and refined as we learn more and as the environment changes in our respective cities and states.
 
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials continue Friday (March 19) with canoe/kayak in Sarasota, Florida. 


Training Centers & Facilities 
Colorado Springs OPTC Aquatics Center Protocols. The CSOPTC will utilize resident teams in Para swimming and Paratriathlon to pilot the updated quarantine policy and re-entry protocols for swimming and aquatics center usage – including safely increasing the number of athletes training in the pool simultaneously from two to five. The pilot, which is set for March 19-April 23, will require recirculation of the air within the facility at the conclusion of each training day. Additionally, and because some Paralympic athletes are predisposed to a more severe infection, the new policy will also stipulate that Paralympic athletes train in the pool prior to Olympic athletes daily. 

Lake Placid OPTC. As mentioned above, the New York state government altered its mandate allowing people who have been fully vaccinated or have previously been infected with COVID-19 to bypass the quarantine requirement upon arrival in the state.

The Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center will move forward to adopt the policy to be consistent with public health guidance. As previously communicated, the policy is already in place at the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and includes the following:

  • If anyone has had a documented case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days and can provide us with documentation of the positive COVID-19 test, they do not need to go through the re-entry process or get tested IF they currently do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If anyone has completed a COVID-19 vaccination series more than two weeks prior to arrival at the training center, they do not need to go through the re-entry process IF they currently do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If anyone has completed a COVID-19 vaccination series more than two weeks ago OR has had a documented case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days and can provide us with documentation of the positive COVID-19 test, they do not need to quarantine if they have close, sustained contact with someone who has COVID-19 IF they remain asymptomatic.
  • If an individual is placed in quarantine following close, sustained contact with someone who has COVID-19, their quarantine length should be 10 days if they remain asymptomatic for the entire 10 days and they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test between days 5-7 of their quarantine. 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

The Team USA Delegation Rules COVID Safety Working Group is poised to share a comprehensive set of COVID-19 mitigation policies and recommendations for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials participants this week. Once released, these policies will be available at TeamUSA.org/coronavirus along with additional resources for athletes, NGBs and Trials participants.
 
Consistent with public health standards, these policies are representative of the knowledge and experience of USOPC medical, security and legal staff, and are inclusive of critical athlete and NGB perspectives. The rules are intended to provide clear guidance to NGBs to protect against, safeguard and eliminate the spread of COVID-19 at Trials.  

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Worldwide: 117.7 million cases and 2.61 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 29.1 million cases and 527,950 deaths.
  • Yesterday: 54,000 new cases and 1,885 deaths in one day – these numbers appear to be fluctuating day-to-day.
  • Overall, there is a downward trend reported cases in the U.S.
  • CA: 10.9 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 11.3 cases per 100K)
  • CO: 18.5 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 19.7 cases per 100K)
  • NY: 25.6 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 11.2 cases per 100K)
  • UT: 17.4 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 18 cases per 100K)

Vaccination Updates. The USOPC is in ongoing communication with various providers to determine a specialized program for vaccinating Team USA athletes and delegation members ahead of the Tokyo Games at the appropriate time and in a manner that supports local and state public health guidelines. Unfortunately, this is proving challenging and we strongly encourage you to investigate local resources, and if you identify an opportunity to receive the vaccine in your area, do so. Information about how to get vaccinated in your area can be found here, and you can sign up to be on a COVID-19 vaccine standby list here.

Vaccination rollout logistics have dramatically improved over the last month in the United States, and it is predicted that there will be more availability for the general population to receive the vaccine by late April or early May. 

For consistency, this communication will continue to track vaccination statistics based on reports from the New York Times. According to the CDC, as of March 9 approximately 61.1 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including about 32.1 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Providers are administering about 2.15 million doses per day on average, and approximately 9.7% of the population has received the complete vaccination series with 18% of population at least partially vaccinated.


Domestic Policies & Travel
Stimulus Bill. The House today gave final approval to the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. The Senate passed the bill last weekend, and now it will advance to the president for signature. The federal aid package includes $1,400 individual stimulus checks, $300 a week unemployment benefits, PPP loans for small businesses and additional child-family benefits, including child tax credits.

Inbound Travel Waivers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now requiring documentation surrounding the COVID-19 mitigation measures event organizers or an individual will take upon arrival to the United States.

  • For 212(f) National Interest Exemption Waiver requests, please submit a one-page document describing the COVID-19 protocols for the event. Please include language about efforts to test and isolate.
  • At this time determination of a waiver’s validity length (either 30-day, single-entry, or, 1-year, multiple-entry) is decided on a case-by-case basis by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The purpose of the trip must relate to the NGB/event organizer.
  • Due to changes in the waiver process, please submit all relevant materials at least 7-10 days ahead of the date of travel.

Travel Restrictions. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly. Additionally, travel restrictions and regulations change quite often, so please check regularly.

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between Feb. 27-March 5, nine competition events were cancelled in six countries across three sports – including seven equestrian events. Additionally, 15 events were created or rescheduled across seven sports in the U.S. and 11 other countries. 

Games & Trials
COVID-19 Mitigation and Trials. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials continue March 19 with canoe/kayak in Sarasota, Florida. As stated above, the USOPC will release its full set of COVID-19 safety policies and recommendations for domestic Trials events this week. Consistent with public health guidance, these policies are inclusive of athlete and NGB perspectives and will continue to be refined in the ever-changing pandemic environment. 

For athletes and NGBs who are seeking direct support, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org or NGB services for more information on your preparations and right to compete. 

International Spectators.
As previously shared, there has been no official decision made regarding the attendance of international spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It has been stated publicly that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will announce a final determination by the end of March. The capacity of each venue will then be determined by the end of April. We will continue to share official updates as we learn more. 

 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

As previously communicated, the USOPC is continuing to work with athletes and NGBs to develop, communicate, implement and refine policies and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation at domestic trials events – including customized solutions and support regarding team selection procedures with specific regard to COVID-19 safety protocols. A comprehensive set of mitigation requirements and recommendations will be provided to the full Team USA community next week.

Additionally, we received many questions about reports out of Japan this morning that suggest a decision had been made to not allow foreign spectators to attend the Tokyo Games this summer. We have received no confirmation of this news. As it has been stated publicly that a decision on spectators is expected to be made in late March or early April, we urge everyone to rely only on official updates from the Tokyo Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee. We will continue to share official updates to athletes, NGBs, HPMOs and fans as we receive them. 

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Worldwide: 114.7 million cases and 2.54 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 28.7 million cases and 516,000 deaths.
  • Yesterday: 56,672 new cases and 1,425 deaths in one day.
  • 7.9% of U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and 16% are partially vaccinated
  • CA: 13.6 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 14.2 cases per 100K)
  • CO: 19.3 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 20.3 cases per 100K)
  • NY: 26.8 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 16.7 cases per 100K)
  • UT: 21.7 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 29.5 cases per 100K)

Vaccination Updates. Colorado is advancing to the next phase (1B.3) of vaccine distribution beginning Friday, March 5, which includes individuals of age 60 or over, frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers and people ages 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions. Individuals who are covered in previous phases of distribution are still eligible to receive the vaccine, if they have not already done so.

With eligibility requirements and processes varying by local health guidelines, check out this helpful tool from NPR for advice and guidance on how to best navigate the process and sign up to receive the vaccine in your state.

Additionally, the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Currently, there are limited does available of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although production will increase soon. While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have proven to be more effective, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is reporting up to a 70% efficacy rating, which is encouraging. 

At this time, there is limited research on asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic carriers of the virus in relation to vaccinated individuals, but the overall consensus is that individuals who have been vaccinated must continue to follow COVID-19 mitigation measures (i.e. mask wearing, physical distancing, etc.).


Domestic Policies & Travel
IATA Travel Pass. The International Air Transport Association is developing a travel pass initiative, a digital platform that will offer passengers critical COVID-19-related information – including what tests, vaccines and other measures are required prior to travel, details on where individuals can get tested and the ability to share tests and vaccination results in a verifiable, safe and privacy-protecting manner. The app is scheduled to launch within the next month and may also be applied to large gatherings, including sporting events.  

Inbound Travel Waivers.
The USOPC continues to process inbound travel waivers for athletes and support staff. The USOPC is working with a coalition of professional sports leagues to clarify the quarantine requirements upon arrival to the U.S., as well as determine the length of validity for issued waivers. The process remains subject to change in the future.

  • Important update – Upon review by the Biden administration it has been determined all waiver requests will now require documentation outlining COVID-19 mitigation procedures, and support staff will be reviewed more closely.


Stimulus Bill.
The House passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, which is now in the Senate for review. The stimulus package contains PPP loans, unemployment assistance, additional $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals, as well as additional child-family benefits.

Travel Restrictions.
Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly. Additionally, travel restrictions and regulations change quite often, so please check regularly.

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between Feb. 18-27, only one ski and snowboard event was cancelled in the Czech Republic. Additionally, 20 events were created or rescheduled across 14 sports in the U.S. and 10 other countries. 

 

Games & Trials
International Spectators. Despite recent speculation, there has been no official decision made regarding the attendance of international spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee is in ongoing discussions with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japanese Government, IOC and IPC on this topic, and it has been stated publicly that the OCOG will announce a final determination by the end of March. The capacity of each venue will then be determined by the end of April. We will continue to share official updates as we learn more. 

Games Operations Webinar.
The USOPC hosted nearly 200 NGB and HPMO representatives during a webinar on Feb. 25 to answer questions and highlight key updates from the Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Athletes and Officials Playbook and Period of Stay Guidelines. A recording and transcript of the Q&A is available to NGBs and HPMOs on iGames. 

COVID-19 Liaison Officers.
Per requirements set forth by the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020, the USOPC has named Patrice Bonello, USOPC team member relations specialist and USOPC security coordinator Nathalie Notarianni as the COVID-19 Liaison Officers for the Team USA delegation at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Additionally, Nathalie will be joined by Jeni Donovant, USOPC team member relations coordinator in the same capacity for the Paralympic Games. Each NOC/NPC is required to appoint a COVID-19 liaison officer, who is responsible for ensuring members of their delegation are educated on and adhere to the COVID-19 safety countermeasures and polices as outlined in the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks. 

COVID-19 Mitigation and Trials.
USRowing completed its first U.S. Olympic Trials event for the Tokyo Games in Sarasota, Florida, producing some key learnings related to COVID-19 safety countermeasures – including:

  • NGBs are strongly encouraged to coordinate with a local lab to administer COVID-19 testing to mitigate logistical delays that could impact participants’ ability to get timely results.
  • Identify critical staff roles (i.e. NGB staff, volunteers, LOC staff, etc.) and appoint back-ups or alternative contingency plans in the event that these individuals are medically removed from the event.
  • Arrange off-site practice locations for participants who may not be permitted into the venue while they are waiting on test results.
  • Share the NGB COVID Mitigation Plan as early as possible with LOC contacts and confirm they will support all aspects of the plan, particularly if their own protocols are less stringent.
  • Consider using testing that is either saliva-based or a nasal swab to mitigate discrepancies in results. Note that antigen tests should not be considered a direct equivalent (or replacement) for PCR tests, but both may be administered at the NGB’s discretion.
  • Appoint an athlete representative to streamline points of contact between athletes, NGB staff and USOPC staff.

The next trials event is scheduled for March 19 for canoe and kayak, and will also be held in Sarasota. Prior to then, the USOPC will release its full set of COVID-19 safety policies and recommendations for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials. Consistent with public health guidance, these policies are inclusive of athlete and NGB perspectives and will continue to be refined in the ever-changing pandemic environment. 

For athletes and NGBs who are seeking direct support, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org or NGB services for more information on your preparations and right to compete.


Training Centers & Facilities
CSOPTC Quarantine Policy. Based on updated CDC guidelines and recommendations from our Infectious Disease Advisory Group, the USOPC has amended its quarantine protocols at the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center to include the following:

  • If anyone has had a documented case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days and can provide us with documentation of the positive COVID-19 test, they do not need to go through the re-entry process or get tested IF they currently do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If anyone has completed a COVID-19 vaccination series more than two weeks prior to arrival at the training center, they do not need to go through the re-entry process IF they currently do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If anyone has completed a COVID-19 vaccination series more than two weeks ago OR has had a documented case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days and can provide us with documentation of the positive COVID-19 test, they do not need to quarantine if they have close, sustained contact with someone who has COVID-19 IF they remain asymptomatic.
  • If an individual is placed in quarantine following close, sustained contact with someone who has COVID-19, their quarantine length should be 10 days if they remain asymptomatic for the entire 10 days and they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test between days 5-7 of their quarantine. 

Based on approvals still needed from the state of New York, the USOPC has not yet determined a timeline for implementation at the LPOPTC. More information will be forthcoming and communicated accordingly.

 


 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

With the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials season officially underway, the USOPC is continuing its diligent work with athletes and NGBs to develop, communicate, implement and refine policies and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation at domestic trials events – including customized solutions and support regarding team selection procedures with specific regard to COVID-19 protocols. 

For athletes and NGBs who are seeking direct support, please contact ombudsman@usathlete.org or NGB services for more information on your preparations and right to compete. A comprehensive set of mitigation requirements and recommendations will be provided to the full Team USA community in the coming weeks.    

Additionally, thank you to all who were able to join us last week for the Team USA Community COVID-19 Webinar with Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, USOPC chief medical officer. There was some fascinating information shared regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and we were thrilled to answer questions from team members, athletes and NGB colleagues who were able to join. We’ve highlighted a few key updates in the Medical section below, but if you missed it – or would like to revisit – the recording is available here.

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Worldwide: 112 million cases and 2.48 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 28.25 million cases and 502,449 deaths.
  • 13% of U.S. population has been vaccinated.
  • California: 15.2 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 20.7 cases per 100K)
  • Colorado: 16.8 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 19.3 cases per 100K)
  • New York: 36 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 24.4 cases per 100K)
  • Utah: 25.4 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 22.7 cases per 100K)

COVID-19 Webinar and Vaccination. We were fortunate to hear last week from Dr. Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology at University of Pennsylvania and member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, regarding some important developments on the COVID-10 vaccine. See below for a few key highlights from the presentation:

  • More people have been infected with COVID-19 than the numbers represent, due to unknown or asymptomatic cases. According to Dr. Offit, those undetected cases – in addition to the ever-growing number of vaccinated individuals – increases the degree of immunity to the virus within the population.
  • COVID-19 is a winter virus and the downward trend of cases that we’re experiencing right now is a positive sign as we continue to mitigate against the arc of the pandemic.


Domestic Policies & Travel
Airport COVID-19 Testing. A growing number of U.S. airports have begun offering COVID-19 testing, with different schedules and costs. Airports such as Anchorage International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Phoenix Airport, and all three New York-area airports (Newark, JFK and LaGuardia) have testing options available.  Additionally, two D.C. area airports – Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport – are set to join this list in the coming weeks. Click here for testing options on each airport’s offerings, including costs and schedules. 

Travel Restrictions.
Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (ex: testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly.

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact Jen Gallagher with USOPC government relations at least 10 business days before travel.

Inbound Travel Waivers.
The USOPC continues to work with a coalition of professional sports leagues to extend indefinitely the inbound travel waiver for athletes and clarify the quarantine requirements upon return to the U.S. The travel waiver, which was implemented by the Trump administration and allows entry to the U.S. for athletes and support personnel from COVID-19-restricted countries – is currently under review by the Biden administration. 

Stimulus Bill.
The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill is advancing through the House this week and will move to the Senate for consideration. As previously shared, the bill is anticipated to pass by March before the unemployment from the last stimulus package expires. As a reminder, this stimulus package contains PPP loans, unemployment assistance, additional $1,4000 stimulus checks for individuals, as well as additional child-family benefits.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events.
Between Feb. 11-18, 14 events were cancelled in Canada, France, Germany, Norway and the U.S., across six sports – including one Olympic qualifying event for boxing (the remaining spots will now be allocated by rankings). Additionally, 28 events were created or rescheduled across 16 sports – including qualifying events in boxing and gymnastics. 

Passports.
To apply for, renew, or expedite your passport for Games Registration, please contact Jen Gallagher by March 1.  

Games & Trials
Games Operations Webinar. USOPC Games Operations will host a webinar for NGBs and HPMOs from 3-4 p.m. MT Thursday, Feb. 25 to answer questions and highlight key updates from the Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Athletes and Officials Playbook and Period of Stay Guidelines.

COVID-19 Mitigation and Trials.
USRowing is hosting the first U.S. Olympic Trials event for the Tokyo Games, through Friday, Feb. 26 in Sarasota, Florida. As we proceed through the trials season, the USOPC will continue working closely with NGBs to refine policies and recommendations based on key learnings and updates to public health guidelines, which continue to evolve.  

Additionally, trials and event organizers are strongly encouraged to arrange for a local provider to administer COVID-19 testing to avoid shipping delays with test results.

Tokyo 2020 Countermeasures Playbooks.
The IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have released a suite of Playbooks to ensure that all Olympic and Paralympic Games participants and the people of Tokyo and Japan are safe and healthy this summer. Collectively, the playbooks outline the responsibilities of all Games participants and the rules that must be followed – starting 14 days before travel as well as entry to Japan, throughout the Games and departing. The Playbooks include specific guidelines for each of the following groups:

  • International Federations
  • Athletes and Officials
  • Press
  • Broadcasters

Training Centers & Facilities
Quarantine Policy. As previously shared, the CDC is now recommending that vaccinated individuals or those who have had a documented case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days and experience close, sustained contact with an individual who tests positive, do not need to quarantine unless they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Furthermore, the risk of shortened quarantine durations following close, sustained contact appear to be lower than originally thought. To date, the USOPC has taken a more conservative approach to its quarantine guidelines, specifically regarding re-entry at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers. Given these updated CDC guidelines, the USOPC has revisited its OPTC quarantine protocols with its Infectious Disease Advisory Group and is recommending policy changes for re-entry at the OPTCs beginning in March. More information and specific details regarding the updated policy will be forthcoming.

 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

As our medical and sport science teams broadly return to provide in-person support to athletes in training and competition, we wanted to make our community aware that eligible USOPC and National Governing Body medical personnel and service providers based at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, as well as the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, who assist with the care and return to play of injured and ill athletes have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals were identified in accordance with public health guidelines based on their roles to treat athletes with injuries, illnesses or other medical conditions, whether mental or physical.

The treatment and care of Team USA athletes is a privilege and responsibility that we do not take lightly, and we are encouraged to have our front-line team members better positioned to ensure the health and well-being of our athletes and all who support them. 

As previously communicated, the USOPC is exploring options to procure and deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Team USA athletes and delegation members in accordance with public health guidelines. Although the CDC has provided recommendations on vaccine distribution, each state has created its own plan. Information on your state’s vaccine distribution plan can be found here. The USOPC medical team will keep the Team USA community updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please continue to monitor the vaccine distribution process in your state, and as soon as you have the opportunity to receive the vaccine, be sure to sign up.

For the latest information and additional resources related to COVID-19, please continue reading and visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Worldwide: 109.2 million cases and 2.41 million deaths.
  • U.S.: 27.7 million cases and 486,000 deaths.
  • Yesterday: 63,850 new cases and 1080 deaths in one day.
  • California: 23.2 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 27.2 cases per 100K)
  • Colorado: 21.2 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 22.3 cases per 100K)
  • Cases in El Paso County have slightly elevated over the last couple of days; it was 14.5 per 100K on Feb. 8 and rose up to 22.3 on Feb. 16, but it is not a rapid rise.
  • New York: 43.2 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 22.1 cases per 100K)
  • Utah: 31 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 42.4 cases per 100K)

Vaccination Updates. White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expects that most Americans will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine by mid-May or early June. As of Feb. 12, 3.4% of the population has received both doses of the vaccine, and 10% has received at least the first dose.

CDC Recommendation.
The CDC is now recommending that vaccinated individuals who experience close, sustained contact with an individual who tests positive, do not need to quarantine within 90 days of receiving their second dose, unless they are symptomatic. To date, the USOPC has taken a more conservative approach to its quarantine guidelines, specifically regarding re-entry at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers. Given these updated guidelines and new data from the CDC, the USOPC is revisiting its OPTC quarantine protocols with the Infectious Disease Advisory Group. More information, including any potential changes to quarantine policies, will be forthcoming.

Johnson & Johnson.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has not yet received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.


Domestic Policies & Travel
Stimulus Bill. The $1.9 trillion is advancing through the House and is still anticipated to pass by March before the unemployment from the last stimulus package runs out. As a reminder, this stimulus package is likely to include PPP loans, unemployment assistance, additional $1,4000 stimulus checks for individuals, as well as additional child-family benefits.

Inbound Travel Waivers.
The travel waiver for athletes – which was implemented by the Trump administration and allowed entry to the U.S. for athletes and support personnel from COVID-19-restricted countries dependent on strong COVID-19 countermeasures and protocols – has been extended temporarily. The USOPC is still working in a coalition with professional sports leagues to extend the waiver indefinitely. The coalition is also hoping to get approval to continue to allow COVID-19 countermeasures and protocols in place of a possible mandatory quarantine. Administration officials are continuing talks this week.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events. 
Between Feb. 4-11, five events were cancelled in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden across four sports – including three Olympic qualifying events in gymnastics and curling. Additionally, 36 events were created or rescheduled across 11 sports with nearly half of those events (17) set to take place in the U.S. 

Travel Restrictions. Recently modified policies are below. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Please carefully check the policies for all destinations on your itinerary, including layovers. An increasing number of locations have regulations in place (e.g. testing requirements), even if you are only transiting through briefly.
  • There are parts of Austria that are seeing a quick increase in COVID-19 variants, which has resulted in several updated entry policies in the region. For more information on these new entry policies and testing requirements, we encourage you to click here the hyperlinked country name.
  • Germany has re-introduced border checks with Austria and the Czechia, restricting all non-essential travel from these regions for both individual and commercial traffic. Direct entry from the U.S. remains unchanged.
  • Austria has implemented an exit testing requirement for all individuals in Tyrol.
  • In Italy, new measures are in place for individuals that have recently been in Austria. There is a sport exemption to the self-isolation requirement, however additional testing is required.

If any travelers have recently recovered from COVID-19 and cannot yet produce a negative test, please contact jen.gallagher@usopc.org at least 10 business days be for travel.

Games & Trials
Games Operations Webinar. USOPC Games Operations will host a webinar for NGBs and HPMOs from 3-4 p.m. MT on Thursday, Feb. 25 to answer questions and highlight key updates from the Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Athletes and Officials Playbook and Period of Stay Guidelines. More information – including registration details – will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please see below for the latest updates.

Tokyo 2020 Countermeasures Playbook.
The IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee held two briefings last week to review its COVID Countermeasures Playbook for Athletes and Officials. Key highlights on the stakeholder journey include:  

Prior to departure

  • Monitor health for 14 days prior to departure, including body temperature daily and entering data in app
  • Test 72 hours prior to departure
  • Required to present certificate of negative results
  • Provide an activity plan for your first 14 days in Japan
  • Download COCOA app to support with health reporting
  • Prepare required documents in advance (e.g., PVC/OIAC);
  • Face masks are required. Note that the USOPC has purchased two cloth masks for athletes, NGB/HPMO staff and USOPC Games staff. All masks need to meet medical and branding guidelines as set forth by the IOC, IPC and Tokyo OCOG.

Entering Japan

  • Demonstrate PVC; and
  • Negative COVID-19 test. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate in a Japanese government-approved location.

Pre-Games Training Camps

  • Communication with local hosts:
  • Confirm plan with local host;
  • Local municipalities must prepare safe and secure environment; and
  • Local host cities must develop operational plan with national government for countermeasures.
  • Restricted movement
  • Testing must be completed at the site of the training camp if not previously conducted at the airport. Once again, if an individual tests positive for infection, they will be isolated in a Japanese government-approved location.
  • No public transport

During the Games

  • Testing will be conducted every four days at Athlete Village or designated location for satellite villages or outside accommodations (e.g., cycling, soccer, racewalk, etc.).

COVID-19 Liaison Officer

  • The OCOG will name a key contact for all matters related to COVID-19 who will be responsible for ensuring all delegation members know and adhere to the Playbook. The IOC and IPC are expected to release a more detailed job description for this position soon.

The OCOG will introduce this person to each NOC/NPC COVID-19 Liaison Officer as soon as this individual is appointed.

Testing

  • In the event of a positive test, several entities will be responsible for administering quarantine protocols depending on where the test as administered. If an individual tests positive for infection at the airport, the Japanese federal government will be responsible. However, if an individual tests positive at a pre-Games training site, the local government will be responsible. If testing is conducted during the Games (e.g. at the Athlete Village), the OCOG will be responsible.

Period of Stay Guidelines – Olympic Games. For planning purposes, Team USA athletes and officials should please plan to arrive to the Athlete Village no earlier than seven days prior to your competition and depart within 48 hours of individual elimination.  Some exceptions will be made for relay events, etc. Additionally, the OCOG has confirmed that training venues will open five days prior to competition. There may be some exceptions and the USOPC will advise as more information becomes available.

Period of Stay Guidelines –
Paralympic Games. For planning purposes, Team USA athletes and officials should please plan to arrive to the Athlete Village no earlier than seven days prior to your competition and depart within 48 hours following completion of sport competition.  Additionally, the OCOG has confirmed that training venues will open five to seven days prior to competition. There may be some exceptions and the USOPC will advise as more information becomes available.

Different Discipline Athlete Tickets. The DDA Ticketing Program (athletes having the opportunity to watch other sports with complimentary tickets) has been cancelled for the Tokyo Olympic Games as part of measures to reduce contact between athletes and the general public, and to secure a safe environment for athletes. For planning purposes, NGBs and HPMOs should also expect the DDA Ticketing Program to be cancelled for the 2020 Paralympic Games.   

COVID Mitigation and Trials. The USOPC is continuing its work with athletes and NGBs to develop policies and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials – including customized solutions and support regarding team selection procedures with specific regard to COVID-19 protocols. Please contact NGB services or ombudsman@usathlete.org for more information. 


Training Centers & Facilities
OPTC Contact Warning and Tracing. Beginning soon, the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center will pilot a wearable device, Kinexon SafeTag, to monitor physical distancing and provide contact tracing. Unlike other devices, SafeTag only measures the proximity between individuals who are wearing the device and the length of time that interactions between those individuals occur – no geolocation or GPS data is collected. The device, which was used by the NFL and NBA as part of their COVID-19 safety protocols, will be evaluated for potential future use across both USOPC training centers, and possibly at the Games. The USOPC will work directly with individuals who believe they cannot wear the device due to a disability.

Lake Placid OPTC Integration.
Following one week of less than 25 per 100,00 COVID-19 cases in Essex County, on- and off-site athletes will resume combined training at the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center beginning this week.

 

Team USA Community –

We hope you are staying healthy and well.

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will host an informational COVID-19 webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The webinar, which is open to Team USA athletes, National Governing Bodies and USOPC staff, will focus primarily on vaccinations and feature guest speaker Dr. Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology at University of Pennsylvania and member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Continue reading for  the latest information from the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group.

For additional resources, please visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Worldwide: 106 million cases and 2.3 million deaths
  • U.S.: 27 million cases and 463,000 deaths
  • California: 38.7 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 40.8 cases per 100K)
  • Colorado: 16.5 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 14.5 cases per 100K)
  • El Paso positivity rate: 5.46%
  • El Paso hospital capacity is in the Yellow zone.
  • New York: 48.6 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 29 cases per 100K)
  • Utah: 33.3 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 42.7 cases per 100K)

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar. The USOPC invites Team USA athletes, NGBs and staff to attend an informational COVID-19 webinar from 4-5:30 p.m. MT/6-7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The webinar will highlight and address questions regarding ongoing developments around COVID-19 and feature Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, USOPC chief medical officer and Dr. Paul Offit, a world-leading expert on vaccines. 

COVID-19 Variants. More genetic testing has revealed that the prevalence of variants is fairly high in the U.S., which is expected to have a negative impact on the number of domestic cases. Additionally, AstraZeneca presented data that its COVID-19 treatment may still be effective against the UK variant of the virus. Meanwhile, South Africa has stopped using the AstraZenica vaccine because it is not as effective against the variant.

Johnson & Johnson. The CDC is reviewing Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and it is expected to be approved later this week.


Domestic Policies & Travel
White House Meeting. USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland met with the Office of Public Engagement last week to discuss a variety of topics, including extending the travel waiver for athletes and the need for COVID-19 vaccines for Team USA athletes at the appropriate time, and following distribution to priority populations, with the best case being prior to domestic trials and the Tokyo Games this summer. The USOPC will continue to explore options for procuring and delivering the vaccine to eligible Team USA delegation members in accordance with public health guidelines.

Inbound Travel Waivers.
The travel waiver for athletes – which was implemented by the Trump administration and allowed entry to the U.S. for athletes and support personnel from COVID-19-restricted countries dependent on strong COVID-19 countermeasures and protocols – has been extended temporarily. The USOPC is working in a coalition with professional sports leagues to extend the waiver indefinitely. The coalition is also hoping to get approval to continue to allow COVID-19 countermeasures and protocols in place of a possible mandatory quarantine.

Travel Restrictions. Recently modified policies are below. Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 International Travel Policy Overview for updates across Team USA’s most common destinations.

  • Canada has revised their travel restrictions for inbound travelers, including a mandatory hotel quarantine period and additional testing, as well as restricting travel in and out of Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30.
  • The Netherlands requires two tests for travelers – both those entering and those just transiting through (e.g.: layover in AMS) – including a rapid test taken no more than four hours prior to boarding and a PCR test within 72 hours of entry/arrival to the Netherlands.
  • Switzerland has modified the testing and documentation to enter the country, as well as its quarantine requirements.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events. Five competitions were cancelled from Jan. 28-Feb. 4 in the U.S., Croatia and Germany across five sports – including figure skating, rowing, skiing, snowboarding and waterski/wakeboard. Additionally, 30 events were rescheduled through March in 19 countries across 13 sports. 

Stimulus Bill.
The Senate passed action on budget resolution, marking the first step in the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. The timeline for passage of the stimulus package is anticipated for March 2021.

Games & Trials
Tokyo 2020 Countermeasures Playbook & Webinar. The IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee released its COVID Countermeasures Playbook for Athletes and Officials on Feb. 5, followed by a briefing on Feb. 9. The Playbook provides a foundational baseline for COVID safety measures, which will be refined as we near the Games. The USOPC will host an informational webinar with National Governing Bodies and High-Performance Management Organizations to review the countermeasures and answer questions in the coming weeks. More information, including registration details for the webinar, will be forthcoming.

COVID Mitigation and Trials.
The USOPC is continuing its work with athletes and NGBs to develop policies and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials. The first trials event is set to begin with the USRowing event on Feb. 22. Initial conversations from the working group suggest four likely scenarios in which athletes may be removed from competition due to safety mitigation measures: 1) testing positive for COVID-19; 2) experiencing signs and symptoms; 3) having close sustained contact with an infected individual; and 4) not adhering to the safety protocols. More information – including details on the review and grievance process – will be forthcoming. 

Selection Procedures Support.
Additionally, USOPC NGB services, sport performance and the Office of the Athlete Ombuds are working directly with NGBs on a case-by-case basis to provide customized solutions and support regarding team selection procedures with specific regard to COVID-19 protocols. Please contact NGB services or ombudsman@usathlete.org for more information. 

Qualification Procedures.
The USOPC was represented at a recent IOC meeting, which convened International Federations and National Olympic Committees to discuss challenges and processes for qualification amidst ongoing event cancellations and postponements. The discussion focused on athlete health and wellness, and readiness to compete. The IOC is open to all viable solutions – including potentially allowing retroactive team selections – and will root its decision-making in the following three principles: consistency, predictability and fairness.


Training Centers & Facilities
OPTC Contact Warning and Tracing. The Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center will pilot a wearable device, Kinexon SafeTag, to monitor physical distancing and provide contact tracing. Unlike other devices, SafeTag only measures the proximity between individuals who are wearing the device and the length of time that interactions between those individuals occur – no geolocation or GPS data is collected. The half-ounce tag contains a proximity sensor and can be worn as a wristband or in a credential holder (provided by USOPC). The device, which was used by the NFL and NBA as part of their COVID-19 safety protocols, will be evaluated for potential future use across both USOPC training centers, and possibly at the Games.  

Everyone on the CSOPTC campus will be required to wear a device during the pilot, which is slated for Feb. 16-March 19. Impacted athletes and staff will receive more information prior to the start date. The USOPC will work directly with individuals who believe they cannot wear the device due to a disability.

Lake Placid OPTC Test Results.
Following two rounds of COVID-19 testing, one additional individual tested positive at the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, bringing the total number of current positive test cases at the facility to two. The most recent case was linked to exposure to another individual who tested positive seven days prior. New York public health officials are conducting contact tracing on the incident. The two individuals who tested positive are in isolation and the USOPC is continuing to monitor their well-being, while also monitoring for any developing signs and symptoms in the other 19 individuals who were placed in quarantine.

Dear Team USA community – 
 
We hope you are staying healthy and well. In honoring our commitment to transparency, we are informing you of four positive COVID-19 test results at our Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers this week. Contract tracing was performed, and we are continuing to monitor the well-being of those who tested positive along with all other individuals who have been placed in quarantine due to close, sustained contact. Please refer to the Training Centers & Facilities section below for additional details.

The health and well-being of our Team USA community remains our top priority. The policies and procedures outlined in the OPTC Re-entry Playbook are designed to protect athletes and all who support them in their training. The latest developments in both Colorado Springs and Lake Placid are a reminder of how a departure from these policies can place our community at significant risk. We will continue to work with athletes, National Governing Bodies and staff to ensure full understanding and adherence of these countermeasures – all with the aim of assuring the OPTCs continue to provide a safe and productive environment for all.

Please see below for the latest information and updates from the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group. For additional resources, please visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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  • Cumulative worldwide numbers: 103 million cases and 2.2 million deaths
  • Cumulative United States: 26.4 million cases and 446,000 deaths.
  • Daily new cases and deaths in the United States on 2/2/21 were 114 thousand and 3,406, respectively
  • California: 44.6 cases per 100,000 people (San Diego County: 46.4 cases per 100K)
  • Colorado: 23.8 cases per 100,000 people (El Paso County: 18.4 cases per 100K)
  • New York: 58.9 cases per 100,000 people (Essex County: 27.5 cases per 100K)
  • Utah: 45.3 cases per 100,000 people (Summit County: 56.3 cases per 100K)

Vaccine
The USOPC is exploring options to procure and deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Team USA athletes and delegation members in the most effective and efficient way possible at the appropriate time and in accordance with public health guidelines. It is still unclear whether or not Team USA athletes and support staff will be able to access the vaccine prior to the Tokyo Games. Per government regulations, Team USA athletes and staff will be eligible to receive the vaccine in accordance with the defined phases of distribution, which vary by state. 

Johnson & Johnson
Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine, which is a single dose, is 66.6% effective for moderate to severe infection (in the U.S. it is 72% effective for moderate to severe infection), rendering it less effective than the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). The vaccine will be submitted for review by the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization in the next week. If granted EUA by the FDA, it would likely be available by mid- to late February. Generally, all vaccines – including Johnson & Johnson – are not as effective against the new, more contagious variants of COVID-19.


Domestic Policies & Travel
Travel Waivers
The Biden administration is reviewing all travel waivers that were granted by the Trump administration, which included a unique waiver for foreign athletes and support staff to travel to the U.S. In the meantime, the administration is temporarily allowing single entry waivers that are valid for entry 30 days from issuance.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events
Forty-two competitions, previously set for January-March 2021, have been cancelled due to COVID-19 – including eight in the U.S (and one qualifying event). As of this week, more events have been re-scheduled in the U.S. compared to other nations (36 of 72 to date). While the return to competition is encouraging, this trend could pose significant challenges if the Biden administration tightens entry restrictions and does not extend the travel waiver. 

Travel Restrictions & Team Selection
The Office of the Athlete Ombuds has received multiple inquiries from U.S. athletes and teams that are facing participation and team selection challenges due to border closures and other travel restrictions. The Ombuds will continue working with the USOPC’s security, travel office and government relations to streamline communication and guidance to these teams.

Games Site Visits and Test Events
From an operational standpoint, entry restrictions in Japan will impact Team USA’s ability to travel to Tokyo for site visits and test events. The USOPC games operations team is waiting to hear back from Tokyo 2020 on what site visits will look like in the coming months, which will be dependent upon government restrictions. We will keep you informed with updates.

Travel Insurance
Athletes who are enrolled in EAHI or representing Team USA at the Games are insured through UnitedHealthcare Global Travel Insurance, which provides coverage if an individual becomes ill (including COVID-19) or is injured while traveling abroad .Currently, United Healthcare Global is waiving cost sharing (i.e. deductible, coinsurance, copays) for applicable COVID-19 treatment and will likely extend this waiver in 30-day increments. Athletes may contact eahi@usopc.org with questions.

Outbound Travel
France has shut down in- and outbound travel from all non-EU countries, we are still waiting for an update on the continuation of sport-based travel exemptions. Portugal has extended their nationwide lockdown and the Embassy does not recommend travel to Portugal at this time. Spain will only authorize travel for events that have been defined as high-level competitions by the Spanish Ministry of Sport – travel for training activities-only will not be approved by the Spanish government.

 

Games & Trials
Tokyo 2020 Countermeasures Playbook
The IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee plan to release its COVID Countermeasures Playbook this week (targeted release date is Feb. 5-7), followed by a briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  Each National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee is allotted two slots to attend the briefing. Representatives from the USOPC include Rebecca Crawford and Dr. Jonathan Finnoff for the Olympic Games, and Amber Donaldson and Charlie Paddock for the Paralympic Games. Once released, the Playbook will be available at Tokyo2020.org. More information will be forthcoming.

Additionally, the International Federations COVID Countermeasures Playbook was distributed earlier today and is available here.

COVID Mitigation and Trials
The USOPC has organized a COVID-19 Safety Working Group, inclusive of athlete and NGB perspectives, to develop policies and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trials events. The working group is also exploring arbitration for different scenarios as the needs and makeup of each Trials event vary by sport.

Qualifying Events
The Artistic Swimming qualifier in Tokyo was postponed from March to May.

Beijing 2022
An IOC-led working group specific to COVID-19 countermeasures was formed in January and will continue to meet every two weeks to discuss various topics, including test events and access to sites with snow conditions. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more from the working group.


Training Centers & Facilities
Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
Three USOPC staff members based at the CSOPTC returned positive COVID-19 tests this week. In keeping with public health guidance, these individuals were placed in quarantine, where they will remain until they meet CDC criteria for infection resolution, per the OPTC policy. Contact tracing was performed, and while no athletes, coaches or NGB personnel were determined at risk, additional USOPC staff members were placed in quarantine out of an abundance of caution for the CSOPTC community. These individuals will continue to be monitored daily and tested for infection.

Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
An individual participating in a training camp returned a positive COVID-19 test this week. The individual was notified and placed in quarantine, where they will remain until they meet CDC criteria for infection resolution, per the OPTC policy. Following contact tracing by USOPC sports medicine, 20 individuals were identified as having close, sustained contact and placed in quarantine for 14 days. They will be monitored daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and all have been tested for infection with results pending.

Bi-weekly Case Summaries
In an effort to keep our Olympic & Paralympic Training Center communities in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid informed of COVID-19 activity on campus, OPTC operations will provide these groups a bi-weekly aggregate summary of confirmed cases specific to each training location. The USOPC will continue to notify individuals who experience close, sustained contact directly in real time.

Combined Training
With El Paso County, case numbers falling below 25 cases per 100,000, CSOPTC has resumed combined training for on-site and off-site athletes (all CSOPTC athletes and coaches were previously notified). The prevalence of COVID-19 in Essex County remains above 25 cases per 100,000. As such, on- and off-site athletes will continue to train separately in Lake Placid. 

Dear Team USA community – 
 
As we plan and prepare for the awesome opportunity of back-to-back Games in Tokyo and Beijing, we have heard from many of you the need to communicate more frequently with information, updates and countermeasures related to COVID-19. Moving forward, we will plan to issue, at minimum, a weekly update each Wednesday with the latest information related to medical, travel, policies, sport and facilities. These updates, along with a suite of helpful resources, is also available at TeamUSA.org/coronavirus. 

As a reminder, this update is informed and produced by members from the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group inclusive of USOPC medical and security personnel, athletes and National Governing Bodies, who continue to work closely with domestic and international professionals to ensure we are taking a fact-based approach as we closely monitor the environment to keep us all healthy and safe. 

Our focus remains on the well-being of our Olympic and Paralympic community and being ready for the Games. We realize that conflicting media reports and speculation regarding a cancellation of the Games are distracting and not easy to process. As USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland reaffirmed to Team USA athletes today, please know we are committed to keeping you informed with any official updates. Though it will be a unique Games, we expect that the Games will go forward. Our team is working collaboratively with Tokyo Organizing Committee, Japanese government, the IOC and the IPC to continue planning mitigation strategies to ensure a safe and positive experience for all. 

As part of that process, the USOPC is continuing its due diligence to design, communicate and carry out fair, transparent and consistent participant COVID-safety protocols for both the Games and preceding domestic trials. This will continue to be a collaborative process with our Team USA community, including working with athletes and NGBs on a case-by-case basis to help them make informed decisions about their preparations and right to compete.  

In the coming weeks and months, we encourage you to prioritize your own well-being and take every precaution to keep our community healthy and safe. We are all in this together. 

Sincerely, 
USOPC COVID-19 Working Group
 
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Since the start of the pandemic, there have be 25.3 million cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the United States, and 421,000 deaths. The current wave of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. appears to have plateaued and may be starting to decrease. The total number of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the U.S. on Jan. 25 was 155,677, and the number of new deaths was 1,796. The prevalence of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in states and counties relevant to our U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers and athletes as of Jan. 26 are as follows: 

  • California 67.4
  • San Diego County 67.2
  • Colorado 28.5             
  • El Paso County 21.5
  • New York 69.6
  •  Essex County 28.3
  • Utah 58.4                 
  • Summit County 89.8

Vaccinations
The USOPC continues to work with our National Medical Network partners, health systems, insurance companies, local and federal public health officials, and pharmaceutical companies to create a plan to vaccinate Team USA athletes and affiliated staff when the vaccine is available to our population. However, this is proving to be exceedingly difficult due to a number of factors, including supply chain issues and tight government regulations on who is vaccinated and when. While vaccination is not going to be a requirement to participate in the Olympic or Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated when it is available to them in order to improve not only their personal health and safety, but also the health and safety of those around them. We will continue to work on developing a plan and provide additional information as it becomes available.
 
Variants
There are concerns nationally and internationally about a number of SARS-CoV-2 variants that appear to be up to 70% more contagious than the original virus. This could have a dramatic effect on the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the near future, which of course would also increase the number of deaths associated with this disease. Fortunately, the currently available vaccines appear to still provide protection against these new variants, and available tests (e.g., antigen and PCR) are able to detect the viral variants. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the situation evolves.

Layered Masks
There have been multiple reports in the media about the use of multiple layers of masks.  While we are unaware of specific research evaluating the effectiveness of multiple masks, common sense would suggest that multiple layers would likely reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  It would therefore be very reasonable to wear more than one mask when in public. 
 

International Travel & Domestic Policies
International Travel
Here are the CDC self-quarantine guidelines following international travel that involved high-risk activities. The guidelines recommend a seven-day quarantine. Testing is also recommended three-five days after travel, as is physical distancing from individuals with increased risk for severe illness for at least 14 days after travel. The new Biden Administration/CDC are reviewing these quarantine guidelines and there may be changes in the near future. We will keep you updated if/as that changes.

Travelers who are going to Spain, Portugal and France must obtain authorization documentation before travel. Please allow for at least 10 business days for this process prior to departures. Full details of sport-based travel policies for Team USA’s most frequent destinations can be found online at International COVID-19 Travel Policy Overview.

Travelers who need to obtain a COVID-19 test while abroad may reference Testfortravel.com for nearby locations and testing details.

Whether traveling internationally or domestically, all USOPC employees and Team USA athletes are required to follow post-travel quarantine policies as outlined by the USOPC before they will be allowed to work/train on USOPC property.

Banned Travel
A ban on travelers incoming from South Africa will be implemented on Jan. 30, adding it to the list of banned countries that include Schengen countries and Brazil.
Public Transportation. Masks are now to be worn on all forms of public transportation, which includes in or on airports; commercial aircraft; trains, public maritime vessels, including ferries; and bus services. 

Airlines
Please refer to the following to aid in your preparations and planning for both international and domestic airline travel: 

  • On Jan. 25, United Airlines launched a "Travel-Ready Center" for its website and app in which travelers can view and manage COVID-19-related entry requirements specific to their itineraries. Travelers can now see requirements specific to their destination, including a list of testing options, with the ability to upload required testing or vaccination documentation. 
  • Designated United personnel will verify documentation, and once all requirements are met, passengers can get their boarding passes prior to arriving to the airport. 
  • During the next few months, United plans to enable travelers to book COVID-19 tests directly through this feature, with the results provided directly to United. The carrier also plans to add visa requirement details for international travel and integrate its Agent on Demand offering, through which travelers can video chat with an agent regarding any questions about travel requirements.
  • Delta Airlines is blocking middle seats through March 30, 2021 – the first and only U.S. airline to do so.

Games & Trials
COVID Safety Working Group
The USOPC is underway with planning and implementation to design, communicate and carry out fair, transparent and consistent participant COVID-safety protocols for the Tokyo Games and preceding domestic trials. The working group, inclusive of athlete and NGB perspectives, will focus efforts to:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all participants is the top priority at events by setting and enforcing policies rooted in public health standards
  • Establish a participation review process to support athletes’ rights to compete
  • Engage with both athlete and NGB stakeholders to promote alignment and awareness around the protocols

Note that any USOPC policy will not determine selection criteria or procedures due to a COVID-related participation issue, which is defined by the NGB. 

Tokyo Test Events
The status of test events that are scheduled to occur in Tokyo soon are still unclear due to the travel ban to Japan. The Tokyo Organizing Committee will not likely decide until early-mid February at the earliest. More information will be forthcoming. 


Training Centers & Facilities
Colorado Springs OPTC Integration
If El Paso County continues to have a prevalence of less than 25/100,00 through Jan. 31, 2021, on- and off-site athletes will be able to begin training together at the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center beginning Monday, Feb. 1.

OPTC Surveillance
The USOPC is interested in developing a COVID-19 surveillance program at the training centers. We are investigating a number of different avenues to provide onsite testing. However, supply chain issues and prior commitments by testing companies have limited our ability to purchase the necessary equipment to perform onsite testing.  We will continue to look for solutions and provide you with updates on the process.

Dear Team USA community – 
 
Over the past couple of months, the United States has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases that has lasted longer than previous spikes through the spring and summer. Due to the increased prevalence of COVID-19 – particularly in El Paso County – we made the difficult decision to pause training at the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center until Jan. 15, 2021, to protect the health and safety of our athletes and the many staff who support them. Our hope is taking this proactive step will help us work toward ensuring operations are able to return to normal levels in January.  
 
USOPC athlete services and sport performance teams are working closely with impacted athletes and NGBs to identify solutions for their training needs. 
 
Through the uncertainty and the continued fluidity of the pandemic, we continue to rely on science, CDC guidance and the expert opinions of our Infectious Disease Advisory Group to drive our decisions. And even though we are working through a really difficult time, progress is being made. Several promising new treatments have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, enabling us to decrease the number of deaths related to COVID-19, and shorten the length and severity of illness. In the past two weeks, we also reached a milestone with two COVID-19 vaccines receiving FDA EUA followed quickly by the first vaccinations in the U.S.  
 
While the rollout of a vaccine is a huge step forward, we must continue to be patient and vigilant. We are working with our partners to develop a plan to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to Team USA athletes and staff at our training centers and around the country when it is available to the general population. We do not know the timeline yet but will continue to update you as we get more information. 
 
The CDC also recently updated its quarantine guidelines. The USOPC has determined the safest option is to continue our 14-day quarantine protocols, since shorter durations come with the risk of being contagious after quarantine.  
 
Lastly, as we near the end of a difficult year, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to this community for your continued support and resiliency. Please see below for more detailed updates and, as always, reach out with any questions.  
  
Sincerely,  
 
Dr. Jonathan Finnoff                                                       
USOPC Chief Medical Officer                                         
On behalf of the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group 
 
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State of COVID-19 
The U.S. continues to ride out the third wave this year. To date, there have been 17.8 million cases of COVID-19 and 317,000 deaths in the U.S. The USOPC continues to monitor the numbers and public health mandates where our training facilities are located. Specifically, our team is looking at positivity rates and cases per 100,000 – where over 25 cases per 100,000 is considered high risk. 

  • El Paso County, CO: 54.9 cases per 100,000  

  • San Diego County, CA: 77.1 cases per 100,000  

  • Essex County, NY: 24 cases per 100,000  
While the number of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in El Paso County has been relatively stable or slightly improved for the past week, it is too early to determine if this is a trend. The hospitals in El Paso County continue to be strained and are using surge capacity. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 cases and positivity rates in San Diego County and Essex County have been trending up over the past several weeks, and we will continue to monitor these trends and adjust our protocols accordingly. 
 
Vaccine
Though we are not yet sure when the general population will have access to a vaccine, we are working to develop plans to make it available to Team USA athletes and staff as soon as it is available to the general population. We will continue to communicate vaccination information as it becomes available. 
 
We are working closely with the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on plans to address COVID-19 during the Games; for more information, see the Games section below. 
 
USOPC Clarification on CDC Quarantine Guidance
The CDC recently released new guidelines regarding quarantine times following close, sustained contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. After review, the USOPC will not be changing its quarantine requirements for staff or athletes at this time. 
 
The USOPC came to this decision following discussions about the new CDC quarantine guidelines and the associated risk. It is important that our team members and athletes understand that these new guidelines, which allow for shorter quarantine periods, were released in an effort to increase the number of people who comply with quarantine after close, sustained contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Unfortunately, shortening the duration of quarantine comes with the inherent risk that someone will still be contagious after the quarantine. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can arise between two to 14 days following exposure to someone with COVID-19, and the CDC still recognizes that only a 14-day quarantine provides assurance that someone will not be contagious after finishing the quarantine. In the interest of the health and safety of our athletes and team members, we will continue with our protocols. 
 
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers and Facilities 
Training Pause at CSOPTC 
All three training centers have received professional sports waivers from their respective states, which remain in good standing. As noted, the high case numbers in El Paso County required us to make the difficult decision to pause training at the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center until Jan. 15, 2021. State public health officials were pleased with our decision to proactively pause Colorado Springs training operations in light of the community prevalence and hospital strain. 
 
This is a fluid situation, and it will be evaluated on a rolling basis by USOPC leadership. Dependent on the available information and the results of that rolling evaluation, the duration of the closure could be extended in the interest of athlete and staff safety. In order to assist with planning, we are committed to communicating a decision on reopening on Jan. 15 no later than Jan. 6, 2021, and will host a call with CSOPTC athletes and NGBs in early January. 
 
Training Centers Positive Cases 
Since the reopening of the training centers in June, nine athletes and six staff members at the Colorado Springs and Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 13 athletes at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center tested positive. In all cases, contact tracing was performed by our sports medicine team, and all individuals identified as having close, sustained contact with the athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were quarantined.  
 
Sports Medicine Services 
The USOPC sports medicine team will continue to see athletes for acute injuries, illnesses, or essential rehabilitation (e.g., following surgery) at all three training sites. A clinician will also be on-call to answer questions from athletes 24/7. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine provider, please call: 
  • Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center: (719) 866-4554 

  • Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center: (518) 523-8450 

  • Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center: (619) 482-6141

Games Update 
The IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee continue to work through COVID-19 countermeasures planning for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The USOPC will share COVID-19 countermeasure announcements with our constituents as they become available from the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020. 
 
Tokyo 2020 published an interim report regarding its COVID countermeasures for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. The report can be found here
 
Based on the countermeasures, the USOPC will create a Tokyo Games Plan, which will be published in three phases, expected in late March, mid-May and late June. 
 
International Travel & Domestic Policies  
We encourage you to review the updated Current Travel Restrictions and Guidance. As travel policies and requirements continue to change, please know we are available to support and help you navigate travel. Please reach out to Jen Gallagher (jen.gallagher@usopc.org) with questions. Some new resources to highlight:   


About the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group 
The working group meets twice a week, and includes athlete and NGB representatives, as well as USOPC staff representing medical, athlete services, sport performance, NGB services, training centers, government relations, legal, events & logistics, people & culture, and communications. The working group is available to answer any questions. Please reach out to coronavirusupdates@usopc.org.  
 
To read previous updates and for more information on COVID-19, please visit TeamUSA.org/coronavirus.

 

Dear Team USA community –


As we near the end of an unprecedented year, we want to keep you informed of our ongoing efforts as we collectively learn, adapt and plan in the midst of the challenges presented by the pandemic.  

COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the U.S. and we are just now entering cold and flu season, so we must continue to monitor and respond as needed given the changing landscape. In the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center section below, we have outlined a new set of thresholds that would determine if we need to separate onsite and offsite athletes in order to protect the health and safety of all athletes, coaches and staff based on high prevalence of COVID-19 within local communities.  

Additionally, with many sports returning to competition and training, and simultaneously making decisions regarding travel, we have updated our Current Travel Restrictions and Guidance. We encourage everyone to review and ask questions as you plan. 

We also want to make you aware of two state-developed exposure tracking apps, specifically for the states of Colorado and New York where we have athlete populations at our training centers. The apps will notify you if you’ve come in close, sustained contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Both are entirely voluntary and do not track your location or personal data. Learn more about the Colorado app and New York app, and we encourage residents in these states to consider opting in. 

Below are some additional updates aggregated for our Olympic and Paralympic community. Please reach out with any thoughts or questions. 

We are grateful for the supportive community that continues to collaborate and learn together as we strive to keep everyone healthy and safe. 

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Jonathan Finnoff                                                      
USOPC Chief Medical Officer                                        
On behalf of the USOPC COVID-19 Working Group

 

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers and Facilities 

OPTC Re-entry Update
The recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., particularly in Colorado, presents us with another challenge. In order to protect the health and wellness of our athletes, and to increase the likelihood we can continue to operate the training centers for Team USA athletes despite increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, we have made the decision to proactively separate onsite and offsite athletes into different training groups should either of the following occur:

  • The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases per 100k people in the respective county is at or above 25 cases for 7 days in a row, OR
  • County restrictions for the respective training facilities increase to the following levels:

The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in each county can be found at this website. 

Should we reach one of these thresholds, the following changes will occur at the applicable training center:

  • OPTC staff will communicate with impacted athletes, coaches and NGBs to adjust scheduling and training plans.
  • Onsite athletes who participate in sports that use the same facilities (i.e.: swimmers and triathletes) will be able to train in the facility at the same time but will need to follow existing infection prevention measures.
  • Training sessions for offsite athletes with higher risk for a more severe infection and worse outcome should they develop a COVID-19 infection will not be combined with other offsite athlete groups.
  • Sports medicine will offer separate treatment times for onsite and offsite athletes.

El Paso County in Colorado has been oscillating above and below the 7-day rolling average of cases over 25 per 100,000 the past week. We’ll continue to monitor the situation but will not be separating onsite and offsite athletes this week. At this time, we do not anticipate changes at the LPOPTC, as Essex County in New York has not reached these thresholds.

Since the reopening of the training centers in June, just over 300 athletes completed the re-entry process. Of those athletes, five tested positive for COVID-19. In the five cases of a positive COVID-19 test, contact tracing was performed by our sports medicine team, and all individuals identified as having close, sustained contact with the athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were quarantined. Four of the five athletes have fully recovered and resumed unrestricted training, while no spread of COVID-19 cases have occurred. Eleven athletes returned positive antibody tests, indicating a prior COVID-19 infection.

Based on new information, we continue to update the OPTC Re-entry Playbook. Most recently, the playbook was updated to reflect that athletes and coaches who have had COVID-19 within three months of their re-entry date will not receive a COVID-19 test during re-entry unless they are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, coaches who complete the re-entry process and stay onsite at one of the training facilities will complete the same twice-daily electronic COVID-19 sign and symptom survey as the athletes.

With all the re-entry phases now complete, the OPTCs will continue to work cross-departmentally to identify and approve program requests.

OPTC Program Requests

Looking ahead to 2021, the OPTCs will continue to operate on a limited basis and will schedule programming in two-month increments to evaluate the COVID landscape and adjust policies, procedures and availability accordingly.

The CSOPTC will continue to use a total of 80 beds for both long-term and short-term camps targeted at those athletes training for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 or Beijing 2022. All prior approved programs for January and February will be cancelled. National Governing Bodies and High Performance Management Organizations are asked to submit a program requests for this timeframe to OTCRequests@usopc.org by Nov. 6.


Medical

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world and in the United States have significantly increased over the past two weeks – indicating the beginning of a third wave. In the U.S., there are approximately 9,268,896 confirmed cases and 231,320 associated deaths.

The CDC recently updated its contact tracing criteria to note that if someone tests positive for COVID-19, anyone who was within six feet of that individual for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period beginning two days before symptoms of COVID-19 began or, in the case of a person without symptoms, two days before their positive COVID-19 test, needs to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 due to their risk of developing this disease.

The CDC also recommends that the quarantined individual receive a COVID-19 test on day five or six of the quarantine since most people who will develop COVID-19 will have a positive COVID-19 test at that time. However, a negative test does not mean that the quarantine can stop. The person still needs to complete the entire 14-day quarantine since it is possible they may develop COVID-19 during this time period.

With the rise in cases, we will continue to – and encourage everyone – to monitor public health guidelines, as they will likely become more restrictive in response to the situation. In considering travel, be prepared for rapid changes in restrictions, training facility availability and competition schedules and consider making contingency plans to travel back to the U.S. on short notice if you are traveling internationally.


Current Travel Restrictions and Guidance

The Current Travel Restrictions and Guidance have been updated. Please review and know we are available to support and help you navigate travel questions. Please contact Jen Gallagher (jen.gallagher@usopc.org) with questions. A couple travel updates to note:

  • The Department of State is now providing specific processing times for mailed-in (standard processing) passports and has resumed expedited service.
  • Routine processing time: 10-12 weeks
  • Expedited processing time: 4-6 weeks (additional $60 fee)
  • If processing in less than 4 weeks is needed, please contact jen.gallagher@usopc.org
  • Many countries have implemented entry and exit restrictions based on the evolving COVID-19 status. When planning travel abroad, please visit the Department of State’s COVID-19 country-specific information website for full details about your destination.
  • Travel restrictions abroad are increasingly implemented at the local and regional levels. Please carefully monitor information about your destinations. In addition to entry/exit requirements, policies may cover reduced hours and/or capacity for restaurants, stores, and transportation.
  • Some countries offer waivers or exemptions for sport-related travel. For additional information, please contact jen.gallagher@usopc.org.
  • Non-essential travel is restricted through the U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico land borders through Nov. 21, 2020. These restrictions are subject to reevaluation and potential further extension.
  • If a foreign athlete/staff member needs to enter the U.S. for Olympic/Paralympic-related activities and is traveling from a restricted nation (under the current Presidential Proclamations), please contact david.francis@usopc.org to inquire about the waiver process. 
  • TSA now permits travelers to carry one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger.
  • Airlines may require travelers to complete a health acknowledgement policy and questionnaire, which will be conducted at check-in.
  • Some airports and airlines have started to offer COVID testing for passengers. Check with your airline and/or both the departing and arrival airports to see what may be available to travelers.
  • Delta has eliminated change fees for all destinations through Dec. 31, 2020, and United has announced the permanent elimination of change fees for all U.S. destinations.

The USOPC recognizes the importance of travel for athletes and National Governing Bodies, and your safety continues to be a top priority. We are actively working with government officials and other partners across the international Olympic and Paralympic movements to identify efficiencies as travel resumes, and solutions where challenges are present.


Athlete Ombuds
The Office of the Athlete Ombuds is available to provide independent and confidential advice to elite Team USA athletes on sport-related rules, policies and processes. Athletes who have specific questions about their health and the risk factors of traveling should seek advice from their medical professionals and public health officials. Athletes may contact the Office of the Athlete Ombuds at ombudsman@usathlete.org or 719-866-5000 with questions, or visit usathlete.org for more information.


Travel Abroad
As with all travel, please reference the CDC’s Considerations for Travelers and the guidance of federal, state and local officials to protect yourself and others during travel. It is recommended that you register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and receive the latest information about your destination.

Travel Advisories and Restrictions

  • The Dept. of State maintains a list of country-specific travel advisory levels, ranging from 1-4.
  • The CDC also maintains country-specific risk levels, which range from 1-3.
  • Many countries have implemented entry and exit restrictions based on the evolving COVID-19 status. When planning travel abroad, please visit the Department of State’s COVID-19 country-specific information website for full details about your destination. We would encourage you to check repeatedly as things can change on a moment’s notice.
  • Travel restrictions abroad are increasingly implemented at the local and regional levels. Please carefully and continually monitor information about your destinations. In addition to entry/exit requirements, policies may cover reduced hours and/or capacity for restaurants, stores, and transportation.
  • Athletes serving in the military should review any applicable policies regarding their current ability to travel abroad.

Travel Documents
Routine government processes – both in the U.S. and abroad – continue to experience delays due to staff reductions and additional operational adjustments. Please plan as far in advance as possible to ensure you do not encounter any issues.

  • Passport – The Department of State is currently accepting applications by mail. Processing times are below for reference:
    • Routine processing time: 10-12 weeks
    • Expedited processing time: 4-6 weeks (additional $60 fee)
    • Status of mailed in applications can be checked online at: https://passportstatus.state.gov/ 
    • If you need to renew your passport or request other passport services, and you:
      • plan to travel abroad within the next 4 weeks; or 
      • have not received your mailed-in passport within 2 weeks of your departure date,
      • contact jen.gallagher@usopc.org for passport assistance.
  • Visa – Many embassies and consulates in the U.S. have reduced their on-site staffing levels and adjusted their operations, which may cause delays or operational changes.
  • Global Entry – Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers resumed operations Sept. 8, 2020. Enrollment on Arrival is also operational at participating airports.
  • Driver’s License – If your license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew your ID, TSA will accept expired licenses up to a year after expiration.
    • The new deadline to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license is Oct. 1, 2021.


Travel to the U.S.
All Travelers

  • The CDC has developed robust travel resources about domestic and international travel.
    Effective Aug. 21, 2020, the CDC removed the requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival from an international destination.
    • Effective Aug. 21, 2020, the CDC removed the requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival from an international destination.
    • It is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay at home for 7 days after travel. If testing is not possible, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Follow state and local travel restrictions and executive orders for travel within the U.S., especially as it relates to reopening status, face-mask policies and size of gatherings.

Foreign Nationals
U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico

  • Non-essential travel continues to be prohibited through the U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico land borders.
    • Non-essential travel includes activities that are considered tourism or recreation in nature.
    • NOTE: This restriction does not apply to those flying from Canada or Mexico to the U.S.

China/Iran/Brazil/Schengen Zone Travel Restrictions

  • Foreign nationals, regardless of citizenship, who have been in the following nations at any point in the 14 days before their scheduled arrival, are not permitted to enter the U.S. without a National Interest Exemption waiver:
  • Asia/Middle East: China and Iran
    • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.
    • South America: Brazil
  • NOTE: Transit through any of the nations listed above (e.g. flight lay-over) is considered as being physically present in the nation.
  • If a traveler from these destinations needs to enter the U.S. for Olympic/Paralympic-related activities, please contact david.francis@usopc.org to inquire about the waiver process.

Prior to Travel

  • Visa – U.S. embassies and consulates are resuming operations as local conditions permit. If a visa is required for the travelers’ entry into the U.S.:
  • Best Practices: The following recommendations are best practices to help ease entry into the U.S.
    • NGBs, LOCs and event hosts – Please reference the USOPC Guidance: Considerations For Participation In National Or International Camps Or Competitions for  information to assist with planning.
    • Develop a flight manifest, listing the names, passport numbers and arrival flight information for all travelers.
    • Once complete, send this information to david.francis@usopc.org, so that Customs and Border Protection can be notified in advance of the arrivals.
    • Hub Approach
    • Travelers should book through specific overseas hubs for onward travel to the U.S. Contact USOPC’s government relations office for information on hubs.
    • Event Documentation
    • Travelers should possess documentation that shows that they have been invited to compete or train in the U.S. They should be prepared to present this documentation to the airline when checking in for your flight, and again to a Customs and Border Protection officer upon arrival to the U.S.
    • Quarantine Protocols
    • Work with your event organizers and reference state and local guidance to understand self-quarantine requirements, including the scope and duration of any protocols that must be adhered to after entry into the U.S., and any limitations on movement from your accommodations to the competition and/or training site(s)

Post-Competition and Exit from the U.S.

  • Entry and exit policies vary by nation and are frequently modified. Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information website for the latest information regarding your destination.
    • This is particularly important for individuals who intend to travel to, and compete or train in, another country following their departure from the U.S.
    • Quarantine requirements may apply to travelers who have recently been in the U.S., and can potentially impact an athlete’s ability to compete.


Medical Considerations

Prior to scheduling a trip, there are many questions you should consider, including:

  1. Is there active community transmission of COVID-19 where you live, which could potentially lead you to introducing the virus to the location where you are traveling?
  2. Is there active community transmission of COVID-19 where you are traveling, which increases your risk of getting infected during your trip and/or taking an infection back to your community?
  3. If you get infected, are you at risk of a more severe infection or do/will you have close sustained contact with someone who is at risk for a more severe infection (see risk factors below)?
  4. Will you be required to quarantine for 14 days at your destination or upon return from your trip?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider canceling or delaying your trip.

  • The following are risk factors for a more severe infection:
  • Age > 65
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • History of chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • History of serious heart conditions
  • History of compromised immune system
  • History of diabetes
  • History of chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis
  • History of liver disease
  • Severe obesity (BMI > 40)

If you are sick, don’t travel. If you are not sick and choose to travel, here are things you can do to reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wear a fitted or cone-style facial covering with multiple layers of fabric – note that bandanas and gaiters do not offer the same level of protection
  • Consider wearing eyeglasses/eye shields to protect your eyes from respiratory droplets
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet away from others
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a facial tissue or your elbow
  • Wipe down arm rests, tray tables, video monitors and seat belts on the airplane with antiseptic cleanser
  • Use hand sanitizer after touching anything that other people may have touched
  • Get food from a drive-through, curbside restaurant service or at the store
  • Consider cleaning your hotel room with EPA approved products for COVID-19 using the CDC’s cleaning guidelines

Since food service isn’t as readily available on flights, be sure to bring your own food and water on the plane. The following is a checklist of supplies you should consider bringing with you on your trip:

  • Facial covering
  • Eyeglasses/shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Additional cleaning supplies for the hotel room
  • Food and water
  • Medications to last your entire trip

Finally, be sure to review travel related resources from the CDC and WHO prior to your trip.


Airlines and Travel
Airports, airlines, hotels and ride-sharing services are evolving their policies and procedures to protect travelers and employees. As you travel, please be mindful of the policies implemented by your airline, accommodations provider and services that you may be using during your trip.

  • TSA has modified checkpoint procedures, including reduced contact, increased physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. For full details, visit the TSA Response to COVID-19 website.
    • NOTE: TSA now permits travelers to carry one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger.
  • Many major U.S. airlines have agreed to a set of policies that enforce facial coverings while onboard their planes. If a passenger opts not to comply with these policies, the airlines have agreed to enforce “consequences for noncompliance,” which may include suspension of flying privileges for that carrier.
    • Airlines, such as Delta and United, also require face coverings in additional areas of the airport, including at customer service counters and kiosks, gates, the jet bridge and baggage claim areas.
    • Delta and United have also stated that masks with an exhaust valve are not allowed to serve as an approved face covering.
      • Delta passengers with a medical reason for not wearing a face covering must complete a “Clearance to Fly” process with a medical provider at the airport prior to departure.
  • Airlines may require travelers to complete a health acknowledgement policy and questionnaire, which will be conducted at check-in.
  • Additionally, some airlines are asking for passengers to voluntarily provide contact information to assist any contract-tracing efforts.  United will be rolling this out for all flights in the coming weeks, while Delta is asking inbound international arrivals to the U.S. to provide such data.  
  • Many airports and airlines have started to offer COVID testing for passengers, check with your airline and/or both the departing and arrival airports to see what may be available to travelers.
  • Many of the major airlines, including Delta and United, have permanently eliminated change fees, both domestic and international, moving forward.
  • Both American and United announced that customers will now be able to fly standby for same-day travel at no charge. The updated policy is currently in effect for American with United set to implement the policy in January.
  • Delta has announced it will continue to block middle seats through Jan. 6, 2021.

A few helpful resources to monitor current policies are listed below:

October 30, 2020

Dear Team USA community,

The USOPC is committed to protecting the health and wellness of Team USA athletes during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. As cases of COVID-19 rise across the country and around the world, the USOPC has been in consistent communication with infectious disease experts, the Centers for Disease Control, local and state public health authorities, and government officials. 

We have applied for, and been granted, “professional sports” designation by the state of New York, and we will maintain this designation at the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center as long as we continue to meet or exceed the New York State Department of Health guidelines outlined in their professional sports training facilities and professional sports competitions without spectators documents. We have applied for a similar designation from the state of Colorado for the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, and the decision is pending.

Our ability to receive special designations from state governments, and to maintain facilities free of significant outbreak, highlights the success of our re-entry strategy, the infection prevention measures we have put into place, and the dedication of the athletes, coaches, and staff to follow these requirements. 

The recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., particularly in Colorado, presents us with another challenge. In order to protect the health and wellness of our athletes, and to increase the likelihood we can continue to operate the training centers for Team USA athletes despite increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, we have made the decision to proactively separate onsite and offsite athletes into different training groups should either of the following occur:

1. The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the respective county is at or above 25 cases for seven days in a row, OR
2. County restrictions for the respective training facilities increase to the following levels:

The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in each county can be found at this website. 


Should we reach one of these thresholds, the following changes will occur at the applicable training center: 

 

  • OPTC staff will communicate with impacted athletes, coaches and NGBs to adjust scheduling and training plans.
  • Onsite athletes who participate in sports that use the same facilities (i.e.: swimmers and triathletes) will be able to train in the facility at the same time but will need to follow existing infection prevention measures.
  • Training sessions for offsite athletes with higher risk for a more severe infection and worse outcome should they develop a COVID-19 infection will not be combined with other offsite athlete groups.
  • Sports medicine will offer separate treatment times for onsite and offsite athletes.

As El Paso County in Colorado has surpassed the 7-day rolling average of cases over 25 per 100,000, we anticipate needing to make these changes on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the CSOPTC, unless state guidelines mandate earlier implementation. At this time, we do not anticipate changes at the LPOPTC, as Essex County in New York has not reached these thresholds.

Reintegration of onsite and offsite training groups will occur when county restrictions are reduced AND the 7-day rolling average drops below 25 cases per 100,000 people for seven days in a row. 

We recognize that this may present challenges but believe this is necessary to protect the health and wellness and training opportunities of Team USA athletes, coaches, and staff. 

Be sure to reach out to the sport psychologist working with your team or our mental health director, Jessica Bartley (jessica.bartley@usopc.org), for mental health support needs during these uncertain times. Additionally, do not hesitate to reach out to me or your USOPC high performance teams with questions.  

I appreciate your understanding and continued efforts to keep our training centers safe. A separate communication will be sent to athletes and NGBs utilizing the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. 

We look forward to discussing in more detail during the scheduled webinars.


Sincerely,  

Dr. Jonathan Finnoff
USOPC Chief Medical Officer

Team USA Athlete FAQ

Navigating The Impact Of COVID-19

 

Where is the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the USOPC?

Please refer to TeamUSA.org/coronavirus for the latest information related to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. 

 

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Medical: Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, USOPC Chief Medical Officer (jonathan.finnoff@usopc.org)

Confidential & Independent Advice: Kacie Wallace, Athlete Ombudsman (ombudsman@usathlete.org)

Travel: Nicole Deal, Chief Security Officer (nicole.deal@usopc.org)

General & ComPsych access: Julia Clukey, USOPC Director of Athlete Engagement (julia.clukey@usopc.org)

 

Team Qualification & Selection   

The USOPC continues to work with International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to gain a better understanding of how qualification systems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are affected by COVID-19. The USOPC has not received an official statement or concrete information yet and will communicate more information to athletes and NGBs as updates become available.

The USOPC and NGBs are working closely, with athlete leadership, to protect athlete’s safety and well-being, and ensure fair selection and qualification opportunities for Games across nations and within Team USA. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community is working to protect opportunities for Team USA athletes to obtain open quota spots, and to maintain its own selection procedures in order to fill those spots, to the extent possible. 

 

Where should I go to learn more about changes to qualification and selection procedures or competition cancellations and/or postponements?

International Federations are currently reviewing selection criteria by sport and have committed to publishing and communicating any changes to qualification criteria.

Your National Governing Body is responsible for maintaining updates on its website and on its selection procedures document.

We realize this information is not complete, but the USOPC is committed to working with the IOC, IPC and IFs to collect this information and will update you as we have more information. 

 

What should I do if event cancellations or postponements impact my ability to qualify – or leave me unable to qualify or be selected? 

Reach out to your NGB or AAC representative if you have questions about changes, cancellations or postponements.

Contact the Athlete Ombudsman Office (ombudsman@usathlete.org) for independent, confidential advice about your rights and options with respect to any impact you're experiencing. 

 

What support is available to athletes to help manage the uncertainty of qualification and team selection?

The USOPC has extended benefits to all Team USA athlete and USOPC employees through its Employee Assistance Program, which provides unlimited 24/7 access to phone counseling sessions and other resources such as emotional and wellness support, legal guidance and more. Reach out to Athlete Services (athleteservices@usopc.org) or your NGB for access to these ComPsych resources.

 

Training

What is the status of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado? 

Following the guidance of the State Health Department in Colorado and New York, all training venues on the OPTC campuses are closed, effective Wednesday, March 18, including pool, velodrome, gymnasiums, and strength and conditioning centers. This closure will remain in effect for at least 30 days and the USOPC will communicate updates as more information becomes available. Please reach out to the Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center via phone at (719) 866-4554 for the most up-to-date hours and information.

 

What is the status of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York? 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday, March 20, a statewide order requiring 100 percent of individuals to stay home with the exception of businesses and service providers that are deemed to offer an “essential service” in an attempt to prevent the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. This order went into effect Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m. At this time, our staffing operations at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid have not changed with the exception that sports medicine clinic hours have been temporarily reduced. On-call clinicians will continue to be available 24/7 should athletes need medical care outside of posted clinic hours. Please reach out to the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center via phone at (518) 523-8450 for the most up-to-date hours and information. 

 

What is the status of the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC)? 

As of Wednesday, March 18, the CVEATC will be open to residents only, including coaches and performance services staff. No new athletes are allowed on-complex as of Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. CDC disease prevention measures are in place and all training facilities at the CVEATC are closed until further notice. 

Effective March 20, California issued a “shelter in place” order. EAS will continue to provide essential support services to the current resident athletes at CVETAC. As such, athletes should be isolating themselves as recommended by the government mandates. The USOPC’s sports medicine team will continue to provide essential, minimal staff support to Team USA athletes at the CVEATC. We are however, unable to provide athletic trainers for off-site or outdoor training venues because gyms and fitness facilities have been ordered to close. If an athlete chooses to train independently in a safe, outdoor, non-gym environment and not at one of these facilities, we would encourage them to follow CDC infection prevention recommendations.  

 

I am an on-site resident athlete; what are my options?

All on-site residents and those athletes who are currently in-house will continue to be able to live at the OPTCs. The dining halls and sports medicine clinics will also remain open with adjusted protocols and hours. 

 

I am an off-site resident athlete; can I access the training centers?

All facility-use and off-site residents who may have previously had access to the training centers for training and/or meals will not be allowed on campus for at least 30 days (beginning March 18). The USOPC will continue to follow state guidance and adjust access accordingly. 

 

I have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games and my training site is closed. Can I train at the OPTCs?

Unfortunately, no. Effective March 18, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers are not able to accept additional athletes or training programs. Only on-site resident athletes are permitted on campus. 

 

What is the status of other U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites? 

Training sites around the country are required to adhere to state or local government mandates. Please contact the training site directly for more information.

 

What are the dining hall hours?

Pursuant to state law, the dining halls at both OPTCs are closed to all sit-down dining. While this changes the service, the USOPC remains committed to serving high-quality and healthy food to resident and in-house athletes by providing ‘to-go’ type meals. Dining hall hours have also been adjusted to help promote social distancing:

Dining hall hours in Colorado Springs OPTC will be as follows:

Breakfast:  7-9:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dinner: 5-7 p.m.

*To-Go Boxes Only*

 

Dining hall hours in Lake Placid OPTC will be as follows:

Breakfast: 7-10 a.m.

Lunch: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-8 p.m.

*To-Go Boxes Only*

 

Dining hall hours in Chula Vista EATC will be as follows:

Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

*To-Go Boxes Only*

 

Travel

What travel restrictions are currently in place? 

As of March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory, recommending that U.S. citizens avoid any international travel and provided the following guidance:

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:


If you are overseas, we strongly advise you to return to your country of residence or a place where you have a support system.  

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.

 

I am returning from abroad; what should I do?

Any travelers who are still abroad should monitor the Department of State’s COVID-19 website regarding any entry or exit restrictions for the countries they are departing from and countries included on your itinerary.

The U.S. government is recommending travelers remain home for 14 days after returning from international travel, monitor their health and practice social distancing. If you are a U.S. resident returning from international travel, we strongly encourage you to check in with sports medicine immediately upon return. 

 

What restrictions are in place domestically?

The CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks. This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurant, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. Several states and cities are employing precautionary measures, including closing schools, public sites and entertainment venues – to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please check with your local and state government for the most up-to-date information for your region.

 

What states have implemented “shelter in place” orders?

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, a growing number of states and cities are implementing “shelter in place” measures. The severity of these measures vary from state to state and are changing quickly. Please check with your local and state government for the most up-to-date information for your region. 

 

How do I self-monitor for COVID-19? 

Twice daily, check for the following signs or symptoms of respiratory infection:

  • Fever (temperature >100.4)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Additional symptoms may include:
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

For more information, please refer to the following and other helpful resources via TeamUSA.org/coronavirus.  
USOPC Infection Prevention Recommendations
USOPC Self-Monitoring Instructions 

 

Anti-Doping

How do I interact with DCOs?

USADA is focusing on mission-critical testing of athletes in sports that are still competing, and as absolutely needed for those who are preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to ensure their rights are upheld and their reputations protected.

  • Where feasible, DCOs will use personal protective gear, including mask and gloves. DCOs will also have hand sanitizer for use during processing of the sample. Please keep in mind that many communities have a shortage of these materials that are needed by the healthcare system.
  • As always, we ask that athletes wash their hands before and after testing occurs.
  • We encourage athletes and DCOs to maintain a six-foot distance during the testing process.   
  • During this time, no USADA DCO who has any sign of sickness or otherwise meets any of the risk criteria identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be collecting samples.   

USADA have been informed that some International Federations are continuing to test without changes to protocols. The USOPC is coordinating with WADA and other NADOs to ensure other countries are likewise continuing to ensure elite competition is fair globally and at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

If you are uncomfortable with testing locations or circumstances, USADA is available to assist. Please contact USADA directly with questions or concerns at (719) 785-2000 or (866) 601-2632 and at athleteexpress@USADA.org. As necessary, updates will be posted to USADA.org and on USADA’s social channels. 

 

Do I still need to report my whereabouts?

USADA asks that athletes continue to file whereabouts to reflect changes in plans or canceled events.

 

Mental Health

What mental health resources are available to me?

As the news surrounding the impact of COVID-19 continues to change and develop, your health and well-being are a top priority to the USOPC.

As a Team USA athlete, the USOPC provides you with mental health services, including unlimited 24/7 access to phone sessions if you need to talk to a certified professional, and other resources such as wellness guidance, financial planning, work-life solutions and more. This video will explain the available benefits: ComPsych EAP.

It’s easy to use these benefits – simply call (800) 428-2716, visit guidanceresources.com or download the GuidanceNow app. Please reach out to your NGB or contact athleteservices@usopc.org for more information, and you will be provided a dedicated code to access these services.

While the impact and spread of COVID-19 is global in nature, every individual is personally navigating through the ever-changing landscape, and uncertainty is to be expected with both you and your families. Please see below for additional resources provided by the USOPC sport psychology team with recommendations on how to cope during this difficult time: 

For Athletes: Coping With The Impact Of Coronavirus

For Coaches, Staff, Parents: Supporting Athletes During Coronavirus 

 

Read the news regarding the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee's decision to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to 2021.

 

Team USA Athletes:

Despite the feeling of eventuality that so many of us have felt in the lead up to this moment - my heart breaks for you, your fellow athletes around the world, our friends at Tokyo 2020, the people of Japan, and all who are impacted by this global pandemic and the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games 2020.

We heard your concerns and we shared them. I thank you for being so forthcoming with your perspectives, and also for allowing us the time to hear from your teammates across all sports before making a recommendation to the IOC.

With this decision, the work of planning a new version of the Tokyo Games is now officially underway.

At the same time, we know from you, it’s important that the process of ensuring it is a fair and equitable Games be given equal attention. Working in partnership with athletes, NGBs, International Federations, the IOC and IPC, we’ll (re)define standards for selection and anti-doping, and ensure the reimagined Games live up to the original promise of Tokyo 2020.

This summer was supposed to be a culmination of your hard work and life’s dream, but taking a step back from competition to care for our communities and each other is the right thing to do. Your moment will wait until we can gather again safely.

I wish I had answers to every question out there, but the reality is this decision is unprecedented, and therefore, presents an entirely new process – for you, for the organizers, for the NGBs and for the USOPC.  Please know we are committed to working with you in the coming days, weeks, and months to address them together.

In the meantime, please focus on taking care of yourself and your community. If you need support or have questions, please come to us or your NGB or the Athlete Ombudsman (ombudsman@usathlete.org). We are here to help. As a reminder, we have expanded our mental health services available to you during this time.

The excellence within Team USA is our resilience and how we overcome adversity. I have no doubt we will get through this together as a team, and all be better because of it.

I sincerely look forward to working with you as we once again plan our path to Tokyo.

Wishing you all my very best and go Team USA!

Sarah

Download the COVID-19 Team USA Athlete Survey results.

The following statement is attributable to United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland:

“We are thankful to the 1,780 Team USA athletes for sharing their voice and honest input with us as we address the issues related to COVID-19 and the Tokyo Games, and make good on our promise to put athletes first. We are now confident that we have heard a wide range of viewpoints and understand the diversity of challenges our athletes face. We regret that there is no outcome that can solve all the concerns we face. Our most important conclusion from this broad athlete response is that even if the current significant health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, the enormous disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process can’t be overcome in a satisfactory manner. To that end, it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising, and we encourage the IOC to take all needed steps to ensure the Games can be conducted under safe and fair conditions for all competitors. We look forward to their feedback and direction, and stand ready to work in support of Team USA and in full cooperation with the global community.”

Communique from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Preamble
Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) continued its consultations with all the stakeholders of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The first took place with the International Olympic Summer Sports Federations. Those with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the athletes’ representatives, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), other International Federations (IFs) and other stakeholders will follow in the coming days.

This communique* sets out the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB), together with their implementation in cooperation with all the stakeholders concerned. The IOC will continue to act as a responsible organisation. In this context, the IOC asks all its stakeholders within their own remits to do everything to contribute to the containment of the virus.

Communique
This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis. We are in solidarity with the whole of society to do everything to contain the virus.

The situation around the COVID-19 virus is also impacting the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is changing day by day.

The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.

The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. We will keep supporting the athletes by consulting with them and their respective NOCs, and by providing them with the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website and via their respective NOCs and IFs.

The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the COVID-19 virus. In this context, the IOC welcomes the support of the G7 leaders as expressed by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who said: “I want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics perfectly, as proof that the human race will conquer the new coronavirus, and I gained support for that from the G-7 leaders.”

We will continue to act in a responsible way and have agreed the following overriding principles about the staging of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

1. To protect the health of everyone involved and to support the containment of the virus.

2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.

The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. Already in mid-February, a task force was set up consisting of the IOC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The purpose of the task force is to ensure coordinated actions by all stakeholders. It has the mission to keep a constant appraisal of the situation to form the basis for the ongoing operational planning and necessary adaptations. The task force also monitors the implementation of the various actions decided. The IOC will continue to follow the guidance of this task force. The IOC’s decision will not be determined by financial interests, because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will in any case be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games.

A number of measures have been taken.

The format of all the test events in March and April has been altered to allow for the testing of essential Games elements; the lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece and subsequent elements of the Torch Relay in Japan are being adapted; the entire Games preparation supply chain has been analysed; and alternative plans are in place in the event of anticipated disruption.

At the same time, the topics and issues which were identified by the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games as priorities continue to retain the full attention of Tokyo 2020, the IOC and the Olympic stakeholders. In this respect, work is ongoing for the preparation of athletics road events in Sapporo; heat countermeasures continue to be detailed and refined on a sport-by-sport basis; and transport and crowd movement planning remain a key focus of attention.

Concerning the next meetings, especially the upcoming Coordination Commission visit and various project reviews, adjustments have been made to the agenda and participation. While the activities remain planned on the same dates, the participation in Tokyo will be reduced while ensuring the Coordination Commission members can attend the most important part of the meeting by teleconference. The same will be done for any subsequent visits until further notice.

The day-to-day work between all organisations continues, although on a remote basis.

Currently, all Olympic Movement stakeholders and the athletes face significant challenges around securing the final qualification places for the Games. In some countries, athletes are even finding it hard to continue their regular training schedules. The IOC is reassured by the solidarity and flexibility shown by the athletes, the IFs and the NOCs, that are managing these challenges across a number of sports.

To date, 57 per cent of the athletes are already qualified for the Games. For the remaining 43 per cent of places, the IOC will work with the IFs to make any necessary and practical adaptations to their respective qualification systems for Tokyo 2020, in line with the following principles:

1. All quota places that have already been allocated to date remain allocated to the NOCs and athletes that obtained them.

2. The possibility remains to use existing and scheduled qualification events, wherever these still have fair access for all athletes and teams.

3. All necessary adaptations to qualification systems and all allocation of remaining places will be:

a) based on on-field results (e.g. IF ranking or historical results); and

b) reflect where possible the existing principles of the respective qualification systems (e.g. use of rankings or continental/regional specific event results).

Any increase in athlete quotas will be considered on a case-by-case basis under exceptional circumstances, with the support of the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020.

The IFs will make proposals for any adaptations to their respective qualification systems based on the principles outlined above. The adaptations need to be implemented sport by sport because of the differences between qualification systems. The IOC has already put in place an accelerated procedure to solve this situation. Any necessary revisions to the Tokyo 2020 qualification systems by sport will be published by the beginning of April 2020 and communicated to all stakeholders.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The health and well-being of all those involved in the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is our number-one concern. All measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and interests of athletes, coaches and support teams. We are an Olympic community; we support one another in good times and in difficult times. This Olympic solidarity defines us as a community.”

The President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, added: “I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and all the athletes and the International Federations for their great flexibility. We share the same approach and the same principles as the IOC, and we are as committed as the IOC to successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We will keep in touch and have further consultations with all stakeholders concerned.”

After its consultations with the IFs, the IOC will follow up with the NOCs and the athletes’ representatives in the coming days.

*This communique was unanimously approved by the IOC EB and all Olympic Summer Sports Federations.

March 13, 2020

Dear U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community:

As we face the realities of events around the world and country being cancelled, postponed or altered, I want the athletes of Team USA, and the Olympic and Paralympic community that supports them, to know that as we are called on to make important decisions, your health and well-being is our foremost concern.

So, here is what we know today. Despite the ever-changing nature of coronavirus, its global impact, and the hypothetical scenarios that have entered the conversation, the USOPC has not been given any information to suggest that the Tokyo 2020 Games will not go ahead as scheduled and as planned. We, like the athletes who are training to compete at their very best in Tokyo, are focused on being prepared to support our Olympic and Paralympic teams in Japan.

We continue to receive updates from domestic and international experts, and we are working with our own internal sport medicine team and coronavirus working group, and importantly, an Infectious Disease Advisory Group comprised of experts that is informing our work and providing important guidance.

We are committed to working with the NGBs as they make decisions about their events, and determine appropriate next steps related to team trials. In light of the changing event schedules, both internationally and domestically, we are working directly with athletes and NGB representatives to maintain fair and transparent team selection processes for Tokyo.

It remains our great hope that Team USA athletes – having dedicated an incalculable amount of time and effort in hopes of representing the United States in the Olympic and Paralympic Games – will have the opportunity to live out their athletic dreams in Tokyo.

At this point there are many more questions than answers – but it’s important that we feel empowered as leaders in the Olympic and Paralympic community to ask tough questions and be prepared to make important decisions.

To that end, we are cancelling all Team USA fan events scheduled through the end of April, including the 100 Day Out celebration in Times Square on April 15.

Rest assured we will continue to take every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of Team USA athletes and the communities we call home. That is our commitment – and it will be reflected in every decision we make.

With great appreciation for your support of Team USA,

Sarah Hirshland

Chief Executive Officer

IOC statement on the Olympic flame lighting and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

With the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirms its full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We remain absolutely in line with our Japanese hosts in our commitment to delivering safe Olympic Games in July this year.

At the same time, the world is facing challenges that are also impacting sport. But with 19 weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the many measures being taken now by authorities all around the world give us confidence and keep us fully committed to delivering Olympic Games that can bring the world together in peace.

The IOC is proud of the solidarity and flexibility shown by the athletes, the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, which are managing challenges with the qualification system in a number of sports. We are addressing them together. The IOC is cooperating closely with all those concerned and demonstrating all the flexibility needed to adapt the qualification systems. We are also working with all other stakeholders (including Rights-Holding Broadcasters and sponsors) in order to address the current situation.

We remain in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO), the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee through our joint task force, which was set up in mid-February. The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic.

 

Communiqué du CIO concernant l'allumage de la flamme olympique et les Jeux de Tokyo 2020

Avec l'allumage de la flamme olympique aujourd'hui à Olympie, le Comité International Olympique (CIO) réaffirme son total engagement à assurer le succès des Jeux Olympiques de Tokyo 2020. Nous demeurons absolument en accord avec nos hôtes japonais dans notre engagement commun à assurer la tenue de Jeux Olympiques sûrs en juillet de cette année.

Dans le même temps, le monde se trouve confronté à des enjeux qui ont également un impact sur le sport. Mais à 19 semaines de la cérémonie d'ouverture des Jeux Olympiques de Tokyo 2020, les nombreuses mesures prises désormais par les autorités à l'échelle planétaire nous donnent confiance et nous maintiennent pleinement engagés à offrir des Jeux Olympiques capables de rassembler le monde dans la paix.

Le CIO est fier de la solidarité et de la flexibilité manifestées par les athlètes, les Fédérations Internationales et les Comités Nationaux Olympiques qui doivent gérer les difficultés liées au processus de qualification dans un certain nombre de sports. Nous abordons ces difficultés ensemble. Le CIO travaille en étroite coopération avec toutes les parties concernées et fait preuve de toute la souplesse nécessaire pour adapter le processus de qualification. Nous travaillons également avec tous les autres partenaires (notamment les diffuseurs détenteurs de droits et les sponsors) pour faire face à la situation actuelle.

Nous restons en contact étroit avec l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), la ville hôte de Tokyo, le gouvernement du Japon et le comité d'organisation de Tokyo 2020 par l'intermédiaire de notre groupe de travail conjoint qui a été mis en place à la mi-février. Le CIO continuera à suivre les recommandations de l'OMS, en tant que principale agence des Nations Unies faisant autorité en la matière.

Monday, March 9, 2020

From: Sarah Hirshland

Dear Team USA Athletes -

I am writing to you today with notification that out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to limit any potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to not hold the 2020 Team USA Media Summit in Los Angeles next week.

As many of you know, the purpose of the media summit, held before every Games since Nagano 1988, is to efficiently connect the great personalities of Team USA with the media who can then tell their stories and share them with audiences around the world. It’s an event that we look forward to hosting, and an event that is always met with a positive response by athletes and media alike.

However, like so many other organizations, teams and leagues, we are reckoning with the impact of the coronavirus. As we weighed this decision, we relied on the expert opinion of our USOPC medical staff, our Infectious Disease Advisory Group, CDC professionals and local leaders, and came to the joint conclusion that the potential of spread or infection, however remote or unlikely, could have a real impact on the athletes of Team USA.

With 136 days to the opening of the Olympic Games, and 168 to the opening of the Paralympic Games, that simply isn’t a risk worth taking.

We know how important this event is to each of you, and our team is working hard to redirect our efforts to create a more virtual experience for the members of the media to get to know you. We are also considering options for recreating opportunities for athletes and media at a later time should the environment allow for a safe opportunity to do so. You can expect to hear from our team soon with these plans and ideas.

Our focus, same as all of you, remains on being ready for the Games. Given the current concerns, postponing and/or reformatting this event is one way we can support that priority and also maintain our commitment to the health and safety of Team USA and the media members, USOPC and NGB staff, and volunteers who also deserve to work in the safest possible environment.

We will continue to monitor the environment and will make necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy. If you have not heard directly from us, you should assume we are charging forward toward Tokyo 2020 as planned.

The magic of the Games is the coming together of the world’s greatest athletes for a celebration of sport and peace. We expect to be in Tokyo this summer, and we will take every precaution to keep Team USA athletes safe as we prepare.

I regret that we have had to adapt our plans and thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. I wish you the best in your preparation and look forward to updating you soon with opportunities to tell the story of your personal and athletic journeys.

Sincerely,

Sarah Hirshland

Thursday, March 5, 2020

From: Jonathan Finnoff

Dear U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Community –

By way of this email, I want to introduce myself as the new Chief Medical Officer of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming weeks and months, and jointly creating a healthy and safe environment that offers outstanding care for Team USA athletes.

While I am excited about the future, I want to assure you my focus is on the present, and today I am writing to you to share the latest information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

First and foremost, I want to provide an update on Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Inclusive of the IOC executive board update on March 3 and IPC communication earlier today, we have been given no information to suggest we should alter our preparations ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games on July 24, 2020. Rest assured that the USOPC remains focused on providing world class support for the Olympic and Paralympic delegations that will travel to Japan this summer, and we will take every precaution necessary to keep Team USA athletes healthy and safe. We will also, of course, share any updated information we receive from the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020.

In the meantime, as the status of the Coronavirus outbreak is dynamic and ever changing, The USOPC Infectious Disease Advisory Group – comprised of infectious disease experts from exceptional institutions around the country, and an internal multi-departmental USOPC Coronavirus working group – remains engaging and working closely with the CDC, WHO, and IOC’s medical staff to regularly obtain up to date information, disseminate this information, and establish policies and procedures related to this infectious disease.

Attached is an informational letter for athletes and staff and we will continue posting all of our communications and resource documents at Team USA Coronavirus Updates.

In addition, the following online resources are available, including: WHO Coronavirus Website, CDC Coronavirus Website. The IOC has also developed specific advice for athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We encourage you to follow the travel, prevention, testing, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC.

We recommend the following prevention measures for all athletes and staff. These including social distancing, frequent handwashing, avoiding contact with your face, covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow, staying home if you are sick, and regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces. It is also best practice to ensure immunizations are up to date to reduce the risk of seasonal flu infections.

Additional recommendations for NGB organizational leadership include:

  • Establishing an internal working group – including expert external perspective where possible
  • Open a line of communication to your local public health authority
  • Provide consistent messaging to your constituents
  • Identify health care facilities that are prepared to evaluate and treat people with suspected/confirmed Coronavirus
  • If you are planning to host an event, be sure to follow the key planning considerations and guidelines for mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19 created by the CDC and WHO

We believe that by following these recommendations, we can positively contribute to the health and safety of our Olympic and Paralympic community.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Meanwhile, find additional pertinent updates below.

Thanks,

Jonathan Finnoff, DO, FACSM, FAMSSM
USOPC Chief Medical Officer

Below are the updates as of March 5, 2020:

  • The USOPC supports the current CDC recommendation that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations: China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.
  • Additionally, the we are recommending no non-mission critical travel to Hong Kong.
  • Note that those leaving South Korea and Italy to travel to the U.S. will be screened at the airport before being allowed to board. 
  • In regards to travel to the United States, we advise awareness of DHS Arrival Restrictions for all non-U.S. citizen athletes and officials. The current instructions state that in general, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and flight crew) who have traveled in China and Iran within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
  • As always, we ask that you pay close attention to event cancellations and remain in close contact with you sport performance teams here at the USOPC. Event cancellations are ongoing – and we will continue to monitor domestic and global impact. We will share updates through our sport performance and sports medicine teams as information becomes available.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2020

From:  Rick Adams and Nicole Deal
To:      USOPC staff, USOPP staff
Re:     COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

In effort to share the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), below is an update from the USOPC coronavirus working group.

We have seen a significant increase in precautionary positions taken in both Japan and Korea over the past three days – along with confirmations of additional outbreaks in Italy and Iran.

While we don’t yet know the full impact of the new developments on Team USA athletes and staff, we have been informed of event cancelations in Italy and South Korea, and we are awaiting word on others.

Team USA athletes and staff should continue to adhere to the CDC advisory as it relates to outbound travel from the United States to China and South Korea. Additionally, the CDC also advises enhanced precaution when traveling to Japan, Italy and Iran. The USOPC is recommending travel to Hong Kong and Singapore for mission-critical purposes only.

For all inbound travel, current DHS instructions are posted and have been made available to our international NOC and IF counterparts.

Looking ahead to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, we continue to prepare in earnest to support the U.S. delegations this summer.

  • With less than 150 days to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, we remain 100% focused on maintaining our high standards of Games preparedness.
  • Our medical staff is liaising with domestic experts, and are in close communication with the IOC medical staff.
  • We will take every precautionary measure necessary to keep Team USA athletes and staff safe during the Games, and will continue to share updates such as they become available. We want every Team USA athlete and staff member to feel informed and empowered.
  • Again, we appreciate NGB assistance in gathering information related to your sport’s upcoming training and competition. It has helped, and continues to help, us monitor the real and potential impact (specifically related to event cancellations) that the spread of the coronavirus is having on both Team USA athletes and the global athlete population. We will share updates through our sport performance and sports medicine teams and ask that you feel empowered to share new information with us.

As we gather facts and learn more about the virus and the impact on global sport, we will share all available information with this group, as well as updating our dedicated site at TeamUSA.org.

Please share with all athletes and staff, and do not hesitate to be in touch with questions.

Thanks,

Rick Adams and Nicole Deal

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

From:  Rick Adams
To:      NGB leadership, high performance and medical staffs
Cc:     Sarah Hirshland, Denise Parker, Bahati VanPelt, Julie Dussliere, Dustin Nabhan, Kelly Skinner, Finbarr Kirwan, Nicole Deal, Luella Chavez D’Angelo
Re:     Coronavirus & USOPC preparedness update

All –

As you are well aware, the coronavirus continues to be an evolving global health issue – and the spread of the virus continues to be a disruptive force in the global sports community.

The health and safety of Team USA athletes and sport staff is our primary concern, and we remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for guidance and instruction. As new information becomes available, we will share it via email and post to the Team USA Coronavirus Resource page.

Below are the updates as of February 18, 2020:

  • As we communicated earlier, the USOPC supports the current CDC recommendation of avoiding non-essential travel to China. In an abundance of caution, and in addition to CDC recommendations, we also recommend temporarily restricting non-essential travel to Hong Kong and Singapore as well. 
  • In regards to travel to the United States, we advise awareness and support current DHS instructions for all non-U.S. citizen athletes and officials. The current instructions state that in general, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
  • We appreciate your assistance in gathering information related to your sport’s upcoming training and competition. It helps us better measure the real and potential impact (specifically related to event cancellations) that the spread of the coronavirus is having on both Team USA athletes and the global athlete population, and better map out any necessary contingency planning. This process is ongoing. Moving forward, we will share all updates through our sport performance and sports medicine teams, and ask that you feel empowered to share information with us. 

Lastly, we know you already are fielding, or likely will field, questions from athletes, families, fans and the media about potential impact on the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

We are in frequent and close communication with the IOC medical staff – who are coordinating with the World Health Organization, Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese government. At this point, we have been given no reason to deviate from any of our Tokyo Games planning and preparation, though rest assured we are prepared to take every precautionary measure necessary to keep Team USA athletes and staff safe should the situation change. 

Please update your athletes and staff accordingly, and do not hesitate to be in touch with questions.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

From: Rick Adams, chief of sport performance, USOPC
To: NGB executives
Cc: Sarah Hirshland, Denise Parker, Bahati VanPelt, Julie Dussliere, Dustin Nabhan, Kelly Skinner, Finbarr Kirwan, Nicole Deal, Luella Chavez D’Angelo
Re: Coronavirus & USOPC preparedness

All –

As you are all well aware, the spread and impact of the Coronavirus is a primary concern of health professionals around the world and, by extension, a concern that extends to all of us working in the global sport movement.

I am writing today with an update based on our ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical teams.

The CDC currently recommends no non-essential travel to China and we at the USOPC are fully supporting that recommendation as it relates to all Team USA athletes, as well as NGB and USOPC staff. This guidance will remain in place until future notice – and any updates to the guidance will be shared to this group and posted to a dedicated resource page at TeamUSA.org/Coronavirus.

We anticipate further event cancelations over the coming weeks, so please work with your respective International Federations, event organizers, high performance teams and athletes on necessary contingency plans.

Rest assured we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure Team USA athletes at the USOPC training centers and training independently are informed and supported by staff. USOPC medical staff are prepared to care for, as well as offer advance advice and assistance to, athletes and staff.

I ask that you use all available channels to communicate this information to your staff and athlete population, and continue to exercise caution and good judgement in your planning around international travel and event participation.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for assistance.

Thanks,
Rick 

 

Primary USOPC Contact:
Dustin Nabhan, vice president, sports medicine, USOPC
dustin.nabhan@usopc.org
+1 719-306-5955

For the latest information, visit the CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

 

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Coronavirus Information for Team USA Athletes and Support Staff

Introduction
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause respiratory infections similar to influenza or the “flu.” Coronavirus can be found in both humans and animals, and occasionally, coronaviruses found in animals can spread to people and cause respiratory infections. Previous examples of this include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The current coronavirus outbreak is being caused by a virus named SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes is coronavirus disease 2019, or “COVID-19.” This virus appears to have originated in bats, but we aren’t sure what type of animal transmitted it to humans. The outbreak began in a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus was first identified in a patient on Dec. 30, 2019. China implemented a vigorous public health effort to try and limit the spread of the virus, rapidly identify those who are infected and implement appropriate supportive treatments to reduce the number of deaths associated with the disease. While the number of COVID-19 cases in China rapidly expanded in the early phase of the outbreak, they peaked between Jan. 23-27, and have been declining since that time.

Unfortunately, outside of China, the number of countries with patients who have been infected with COVID-19, and the number of patients and deaths associated with the virus have steadily increased. The CDC provides up to date information regarding the countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases. It is apparent that the widespread presence of COVID-19 increases the likelihood of exposure to this disease. Therefore, it is important for athletes and staff to be aware of the situation, take appropriate precautions to prevent infection, understand when they should seek medical treatment, and what resources are available to keep informed.

What is the big deal about COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus. What that means is our immune systems haven’t been exposed to it previously and aren’t very good at fighting the virus. We don’t currently have a vaccine for COVID-19, and it will take about a year to develop one that can be used safely. This means we can’t rely on a vaccine in the near term to prevent COVID-19 infections. Finally, none of our current anti-viral medications work on COVID-19. Our current treatment is supportive care, which means treating the symptoms. All of this means that COVID-19 has the potential to infect a large number of people and we haven’t developed an effective treatment for it. This is why it is so important to prevent the spread of the infection.

How does it spread?
The virus is spread through respiratory droplets and contact with surfaces that have the virus on it. Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets can land on the mouths or noses of people around them, or on a surface. If a person touches the droplets on a surface and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes, they can become infected. It may also be on the hands of the person who is coughing or sneezing. If they then touch another person or a surface, they can transmit the virus to that person or surface.

Although it is possible that the disease may be transmitted by someone before they have symptoms, it is thought that they are most contagious when they are symptomatic.

Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms develop between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms typically include fever (> 101), fatigue, cough (dry or productive), and shortness of breath. Other less common symptoms include sore throat, headache, muscle and joint pain, chills, nausea or vomiting, congestion or diarrhea.

When to go to the doctor
You should be evaluated by a doctor if you have been with people known to have COVID-19 or live in an area or recently traveled to or from an area with known cases of COVID-19 and you subsequently feel sick, have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Be sure to call ahead to let the health care team know that you are coming to see them and that you have symptoms suggestive of a respiratory infection so they can prepare for your arrival and take the necessary steps to protect health care workers and other patients.

When you arrive at the clinic or hospital, they will probably have you wear a face mask to reduce the risk of transmitting your infection. They will also instruct you on appropriate cough etiquette (ie: cough into a tissue or your elbow). You should wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water if you cough on your hands and frequently use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You will also typically be placed in a room away from other people.

Diagnosis
In the United States, health care providers are taking oral and nasal swabs and collecting phlegm from coughing and sending it to the CDC for testing.

Treatment
At this time, there are no known treatments for COVID-19 beyond supportive measures, which include treatments that reduce symptoms (i.e.: acetaminophen for fever, cough suppressants, decongestants, etc.). For more severe cases, patients may need extra oxygen or to be on a ventilator to help them breath.

Disease Severity
In China, 80% of people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, 13.8% have severe disease, and 6.1% are critical, with a death rate of approximately 3.8%. People at the highest risk are those over 60 years of age, and those with underlying medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or cancer. Children under 19 years of age are rarely infected (only 2.4% of cases) and typically have less severe symptoms.

Prevention
Since there currently isn’t a treatment for COVID-19, the best thing you can do is prevent getting infected. The following are ways you can reduce your risk of becoming infected:

  1. Avoid getting closer than 3 feet to anyone coughing or sneezing.
  2.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (i.e. time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice) or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands.
  5. Stay home if you are sick.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (i.e. keyboard, airplane seat armrests and tray table, and door knobs).
  7. Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.

Available Resources:
WHO Coronavirus Website
CDC Coronavirus Website

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