The health and safety of the Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) community, including our athletes, coaches, volunteers, and employees, is our top priority. Please see below for current resources, links and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. View our updated Return-to-Activities page for specific information on health requirements and guidelines for sports participation.
Information on our return to in-person activities and current program offerings
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
Vaccine & Booster Information
Information for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Frequently Asked Questions
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
How does it spread?
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). And by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How can I protect myself?
Clean your hands often
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Distance yourself from large groups of people from outside your household, especially when indoors.
Get the vaccine & booster
- Consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It's free! If you've already received your first two doses (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), consider getting the booster shot.
- Visit MyTurn to schedule your appointment in California
How can I take steps to protect others?
Monitor your health
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask around others
- Visit the CDC website for current mask guidelines.
- N95 masks are recommended over cloth face coverings.
- Visit our Let's Play page for the latest mask guidelines for sports participation
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.