COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report

Weekdays the Vashon Emergency Operations Center produces a briefing for our emergency workers and for the community. The daily situation report includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.
You can read the full text of the report as a PDF here:
https://vashonbeprepared.org/News/SitReps

NOTICE: The Situation Report will move to a three day a week distribution starting Monday June 29. The change is part of the EOC’s Phase 2 Reorganization as the EOC moves from Type 1 activation to Maintenance and Monitoring status. The Situation Report will be published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and continue to be posted through the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alert System and the VashonBePrepared.org page. Major developments outside the new three day schedule will be posted as needed via the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alerts System.

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Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/13/20:

·      992 COVID-19 tests reported, 76 additional tests since last Situation Report on Friday

·      8 positive tests returned, however 1 test has been determined to be false positive.

·      7 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new confirmed cases since last Situation Report on Friday

·      Date of last confirmed case:  June 21.  

·      1 person had been hospitalized

·      0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/13/20:

·      12,099 confirmed positive cases, 467 new since last Situation Report on Friday

·      604 deaths, 1 new since last Situation Report on Friday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/11/20:

·      40,656 confirmed positive cases, 2,075 new since last Situation Report on Friday

·      1,438 deaths, 29 new since last Situation Report on Friday

NOTE: Federal law prohibits Public Health – Seattle & King County from releasing the names of patients (HIPAA Act). Public health experts say we should all assume the virus may be in our community and continue safe distancing and hand washing.

New Developments since Last Report:

·      Grants for small businesses in unincorporated King County. The application deadline was extended until this Thursday, 11:59pm, July 17th. The King County Council approved $4 million in supplemental funding for grants, technical support, and translation and interpretation assistance to help small businesses in unincorporated King County recover from impacts of COVID-19 closures. For more information visit https://kingcounty.gov/localbusinesshelp. Or call 206-331-3275.

·      Vashon Center for the Arts offers a livestream lecture series called Talks on the Rock. The talk on July 15 at 7:30pm is titled New Earthquake Warning System, presented by Dr. Mouse Reusch with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington. A Q&A session will follow Mouse’s talk, facilitated by Vashon Islander, Rick Wallace, Vice President of VashonBePrepared. To view the lecture visit https://vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/mouse-reusch-lecture-earthquake-warning-system-livestream

·      King County Metro has extended the temporary suspension of Metro bus fares through the month of August. However, all Sound Transit Express bus service requires a $3.25 flat fare.  Link and Sounder trains are charging full fares.

·      During the pandemic public health officials have detected an uptick in loneliness due to isolated adults, particularly elders, who may suffer from lack of social interaction. Mental health resources are available to help. Vashon Youth and Family Services encourages folks of all ages to call for counseling if needed, at 206-463-5511. They offer counseling via phone, Zoom, or outdoors with social distancing.  A VashonBePrepared volunteer unit also offers a mental health resource. It’s the Medical Reserve Corps Community Care Team Help Line at 206-701-0694. The Help Line is staffed from 8am to 8am every day, for referrals to spiritual support as well as mental health counseling.

Progress on Community Support Operations:

·      Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 117 since EOC activation on March 12. Volunteers working during the current activation have contributed 11,340 hours since activation began.

·      EOC Reorganization: The transition from full Type 1 activation to Maintenance and Monitoring status has been completed. The Medical Reserve Corps and the Community Care Team remain at full force. The Community Support Operations Section functions have generally been put into the hands of community partners. Vashon COVID Relief Fund support continues in the previously designated priorities of health, food, shelter and economic recovery. Traditional Incident Command System support teams for logistics, planning and finance have been consolidated, scaled back, or demobilized.

·      Medical Support Branch: Demand for local Vashon testing has doubled. Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has conducted close to 300 tests to date, representing roughly one-third of all tests administered to Vashon residents, according to data from Public Health. MRC volunteers believe local demand has increased due to greater awareness of the availability and convenience of the service, as well as increased anxiety due to reports of spiking COVID-19 cases in the region and in other states (see above for information on getting tested).

·      Recovery Operations: Vashon COVID Relief Fund disbursement #5 has been paid out. In this latest Relief Fund disbursement, payments are going to support community needs being met by social service and economic recovery organizations, including the Food Bank, Senior Center, Vashon Youth and Family Services, Interfaith Council for Prevention of Homelessness, St. Vincent de Paul Vashon, and Vashon Chamber of Commerce. Funding is also going to the Heritage Museum for its history collection effort supporting the EOC Documentation Unit.

·     Finance: VashonBePrepared and Vashon COVID Relief Fund expenditures to date have reached nearly $124,000, not including a $50,000 reserve set aside to sustain the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps COVID-19 testing program. Community donations to the Relief Fund total $263,000 so far. That means our community support for food, shelter and economic recovery should be able to continue through mid-August at the current rate of expenditure.