March 5, 2020
To: Parents, Student Athletes and Fans
From: Bob Ateca, Athletic Director
Subject: Information and Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the recent news of the first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tennessee, we are
starting to receive questions from a number of sources about the potential impact on regular and
postseason competitions for Grace athletic events. This memo is designed to provide information and
resources to families in order to keep participants, personnel, and spectators safe and informed. We will
continue to have contact with the Tennessee Department of Health and the TSSAA to determine if and
when any additional measures, including decisions about modifying/postponing/cancelling any
athletic/activity events, need to be taken.
Below is a list of best practice by the Tennessee Dept. of Health for everyday precautions.
Tennessee Department of Health Everyday Precautions
Tennessee Department of Health officials recommend people in Tennessee help themselves by
everyday preventive precautions to reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory
infections, including the flu, the common cold and COVID‐19:
Cover your mouth with a tissue, sleeve, or elbow (not your hands) when you cough or
sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are
not readily available, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%
alcohol. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before
eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched (cell phones, door handles, etc.).
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick, stay home and seek medical care immediately if symptoms, such as high
fever or difficulty breathing, become more severe. This will help to keep from spreading
respiratory illness to others.
Parents are advised to keep students’ home if they display any signs of illness.
Build your body’s overall health resilience by eating well, exercising, getting plenty of
rest, and staying up to date on vaccines. It is recommended to get a flu vaccine each
year and it is not too late to be vaccinated.