For immediate release: March 11, 2020

Dear First Tee of Greater Seattle Families,

Given the growing concern about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in light of today’s (March 11) requirements provided by Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine, First Tee is cancelling the remainder of this week’s Spring Orientations, as well as Sunday’s Spring Coach Workshop.

With regard to the Spring Session, we are closely monitoring the situation and evaluating our internal procedures to ensure we are able to provide a safe and healthy learning environment, and to meet the stringent guidelines provided by the CDC.

Ongoing, our organization will work with facilities to ensure that best practices for cleaning and sanitizing are being followed. Our staff, coaches, and volunteers will remain vigilant, practicing good hygiene and social distancing, and we are encouraging others involved to do the same. If a determination is made that we will not be able to adequately meet the needs of our community and adjustments need to be made to our spring schedule, then we will be sure to notify all those impacted.

The health and safety of our youth participants, coaches, volunteers and community is our top priority. Our organization has open lines of communication with Departments of Health for King and Snohomish County, the State of Washington and local school districts, to ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please feel free to reach out with any comments or questions.

Thanks again for the patience.


Dan Wartelle

Executive Director

First Tee of Greater Seattle


What can you do?

Following the advice of health professionals, please note the steps below that we can all take to help prevent the spread of a safe learning environment. The best steps you can take are the same ones that help prevent most general respiratory illnesses, like the flu.

  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Exercising
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Eating nutritious food
  • Managing stress levels
  • Wash hands often and with soap
  • Avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
  • Cleaning & disinfecting surfaces
  • Covering mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Even with all the best effort, sickness can still happen. Here are the guidelines on when to stay home from a First Tee event:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees). You may return to First Tee events after the temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours.
  • Experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, or chills
  • General fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent cough
  • Nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

Click here for more information from the CDC