US Soccer Member Update on COVID-19

US Soccer News | 31-Mar-2020
U.S. Soccer

On behalf of everyone at U.S. Soccer, we hope all of you and your families remain healthy and safe during this difficult time.

As previously communicated, U.S. Soccer has postponed or cancelled a number of scheduled events through April 30. Our internal COVID-19 working group, under the leadership of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George Chiampas, continues to meet regularly and we have discussed extending that postponement. While no decision has been made of as yet, if/when there are updates to our programming schedules, we will share them.

Additionally, like most of you, our staff has been working from home while offices are closed due to shelter-in-place directives from state government officials. While we are still working remotely, please note the following closures:

 

  • Carson (Dignity Health Sports Park) follows California guidance (ordered 3/19/20). WFH through April 20.
  • Chicago (Soccer House) follows Illinois guidance (ordered 3/21/20). WFH through April 7.
  • Kansas City (National Development Center) follows Kansas guidance (ordered 3/21/20). WFH through April 23.

 

Finally, our COVID-19 working group has been working with our Communications and Content team to create a PR campaign to reinforce the most important guidance begin shared by Dr. Chiampas and other health leaders, which is: stay home to save lives. We plan to put a soccer spin on the message and encourage everyone to "Bend the Curve: STAY HOME."

Similar to past joint efforts (i.e. during World Cups), we will be providing graphics and copy for your use and distribution and will amplify any social media posts related to the Bend the Curve campaign. Please be on the lookout for more information about that campaign in the coming days.

While we remain vigilant to the evolving situation globally and domestically, our thoughts are with each of you as the COVID crisis has impacted so many people and countries in different ways. Some brief reminders of what you can do to continue to "bend the curve:"

 

"Stay at Home"

Things You CAN Do

  • Go to the grocery store or pharmacy
  • Order delivery or take out from a restaurant
  • Call a plumber or electrician
  • Go to the bank, post office or gas station
  • Go for a run or walk with your dog
  • Practice social distancing

Things You CAN'T Do

  • Buy more than you need
  • Travel for non-essential purposes
  • Visit a playground
  • Go to the gym, or dine in at a restaurant
  • Gather in groups

"Social Distancing" is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases. Measures to take include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and or canceling events. Keep at least 6'-8' distance between yourself and others.

Avoid

  • Sleepovers
  • Playdates
  • Malls
  • Visitors in your home
  • Mass transit systems
  • Non-essential workers in your home

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Cover your mouth when you cough
  • If you sneeze use a tissue and wash your hands immediately
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth as much as possible
  • Clean down frequently used spaces in your home such as kitchen, bathroom and door and cabinet handles

Personal Care

  • Assure you have secured any medications you or your family needs for a 30-90 day supply
  • Check for any symptoms of "fever, cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue or even diarrhea at times
  • Recognize that unless you are a "high risk" individual or moderately or severely ill the guidance is to stay home
  • If you feel you need to be seen by a health care provider try to call in advance for assistance and direction
  • A Fever is a temperature above 100.4F
  • Use Tylenol only as directed for fever and pain control
  • Stay hydrated and assure appropriate nutrition and sleep to optimize yourself and others
  • Please see COVID "Testing Decision Tree" Attached

 

For Further Information

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Please look after yourselves and your family, friends, and community during this time. If you have additional questions, please let us know, and we will do our best to assist you.

 
Contact TSSAS

TSSAS Registrar
Harmony Smith
2022 Pillard Summit,
San Antonio, TX 78245

Email: registrar@tssas.org

By Phone: 210-326-5942

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