Special Olympics Wisconsin is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials, staff, and all that contribute to the success of our athletes in training and events. Below are protocol and accompanying materials for guidance on Returning to Play during the COVID-19 crisis. We are aware not all athletes and local programs will be ready to return to training/play at the same time, but it is our goal to provide the necessary resources for when they are.

SOWI Return to Play: Phasing according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services Data

We are now referencing the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) data for COVID-19 Disease Activity to determine phasing changes for SOWI practices and in-person competition. Using this data will provide clear benchmarks. Trajectory information is also provided for agencies to use to make their own determination prior to reaching a benchmark. These metrics are updated weekly on Wednesday afternoons and can be found on the WDHS website.

SOWI has decided to utilize Burden as a metric to determine the maximum phase allowed as well as the highest level of competition that can be safely offered. Burden is the total number of COVID-19 cases per 100K Wisconsin residents in the last 2 weeks. WDHS has created Burden Status levels. The Wisconsin Department of Health has recently added a Critically High Burden Status which is the Burden of 1,000+ cases. With this addition, Special Olympics Wisconsin has adjusted our metric to follow the WDHS Burden Status guidelines.

Below are the maximum participation levels for agencies, based on the Burden Status of the county where that agency is located:






The SOWI staff will be meeting weekly to monitor the changes in numbers. Athletic Directors will contact agencies whose status has changed based on the Burden Status benchmark. They will also contact agencies who are close to the benchmark and the trajectory is indicating that they will cross the benchmark soon to make recommendations.

Please email covid@SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org if you have any questions.

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