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 7/17/20:

  • 1073 COVID-19 tests reported, 40 additional tests since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  • 9 positive tests returned, however 1 test was negative on the retest, therefore considered to be false positive
  • 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Wednesday 
  • Date of last positive test: July 14 
  • 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
  • 0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/17/20:

  • 12,807 confirmed positive cases, 454 new since last Situation Report Wednesday
  • 624 deaths, 4 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/15/20:

  • 44,313 confirmed positive cases, 2,009 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  • 1,427 deaths, 23 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday

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.

Health Tip of the Day:

How to wait for results. Waiting for test results can be concerning and frustrating, especially as wait times have been taking longer due to backlogs at some laboratories due to COVID-19 spikes around the county. It is critical that after your test is taken you isolate yourself away from others until your result are back and follow the instructions from your healthcare provider and Public Health. Anyone who has been in contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19 — even if they have no symptoms — should also quarantine themselves away from others and seek testing for COVID-19. For more on proper isolation and how to get assistance visit https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/07/16/waiting-for-your-covid-19-test-result-heres-what-you-can-do

New Developments since Last Report:

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced some Safe Start rollbacks in response to the state’s spike in case numbers. The Governor said he could not rule out another stay at home order if we do not follow the rules and contain the spread of the virus. Phase 3 counties will now have gatherings limited to 10 peoples, while Phase 2 counties, including Vashon are limited to gatherings of 5 persons. The order will have some exceptions, such as for religious services and funerals. Inslee also announced that all live entertainment — indoor and outdoor — including drive-in concerts, comedy clubs and music in restaurants, would be prohibited statewide moving forward. These orders will take effect Monday July 20. https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-steps-address-covid-19-spread

Vashon Island School District has provided a new link to an online planning document to help families looking for information about the school opening plan. An earlier provided link was not working correctly for everyone. The plan can be read at: https://tinyurl.com/VISDopening. As stated in that document, if King County is still in Phase 2 – which restricts gatherings to 5 persons — all students will participate in distance learning 2.0 at home. The 2.0 home learning version will include more structured time and programming than the 1.0 version experienced in the spring. The plan also outlines how classroom teaching would work if that becomes possible under pandemic conditions when school opening plans are finalized. VISD will be sending a survey to families in the first week of August to further gauge the community’s current thinking about next steps.

Vashon Chamber of Commerce has enlisted King County Local Services and the Economic Development Office for a one day handout of free Safe Start PPE kits. Reservations are required to pick-up your free small business PPE kit (masks & sanitizer). Kits will be distributed on Thursday, July 23rd from 12:30 – 2:30pm. You can reserve your kit by registering at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040944afae2da4f49-vashon

Unemployment filings have stayed flat this past week, as 34 new unemployment claims were offset by 34 islanders who stopped claiming unemployment. The “Ask the Expert” unemployed worker support consultant at the Chamber of Commerce estimates that around 1,000 remain unemployed, not yet back to work. For assistance with filing, contact Deborah Diamond at (206) 200-3236 or Deborah@VashonBePrepared.org.

COVID testing on Vashon is performed weekdays by MRC at the O Space parking lot. Testing is done only by appointment and requires a doctor’s order. If you do not have a doctor and need testing or an appointment for testing call (844) 469-4554 Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm. Testing is still available the same-day for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has revealed that cracks have been found in the West Seattle Swing Bridge (also known as the Low Bridge). The Low Bridge has become a critically important path for emergency vehicles, critical freight, buses, and people walking and biking to get in and out of West Seattle. SDOT said that the Low Bridge, like all concrete bridges, is designed to move over time in response to traffic, temperature conditions, or seismic events. They will continue to take steps to ensure that we can count on the Low Bridge. https://www.westsideseattle.com/robinson-papers/2020/07/14/sdot-offers-plan-repair-and-preserve-west-seattle-low-bridge-after-new

Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 128 (18 weeks, 2 days) since EOC activation on March 12.

Finance: The VashonBePrepared Board has approved a revised budget for the remainder of the year. The budget estimates Vashon COVID Relief Fund disbursements will continue into August. The budget does not take into account two potential new sources of revenue from donors and from King County, which could allow the Relief Fund disbursements to be extended if the revenue comes through. The budget includes a reserve to ensure the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps COVID testing project remains in place into next year and also includes a reserve in case the current King County spike in cases requires a ramped up emergency response.

Relief & Recovery: The Relief Fund supports an array of social service and economic recovery efforts on the island. The relief fund purchases goods and services from partners including the Food Bank, Vashon Youth and Family Services, Interfaith Council to Prevent HomElessness, Saint Vincent de Paul Vashon, Senior Center, DOVE Project, Vashon Island School District nutrition program, Vashon Island Growers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. This approach makes it possible to quantify support provided by the Relief Fund to augment the group efforts, which have been stretched as they attempt to meet community emergency needs. Including next week’s newly approved disbursement of funds, the Vashon COVID Relief Fund has supported:

  • 11,470 meals (many of them delivered to homes and neighborhoods)
  • 1,500 bags of groceries (many delivered into the community)
  • 322 cases of housing and other forms of relief
  • 100 attendees at back-to-business workshops to aid safe reopening during Phase 2

In addition, in economic recovery efforts, a volunteer expert has completed over 600 one-on-one counseling sessions to help unemployed and self-employed workers file for benefits.

COVID-19 Testing: Vashon residents have now had more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests. Combining all testing sources, more than 160 people are now being tested each week counting the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) site, the two local clinics, SCAN and off island healthcare providers for island residents. About 40% of the tests are being done at the MRC location. At that rate of testing, about 1.6% of the island population is being tested each week, well above the 1% mark recommended by epidemiologists. The new local laboratory being used by Vashon MRC has been delivering results within 24 hours, a major improvement over the seven to ten day lag time from the former national laboratory which was being overwhelmed with testing demand triggered by the major spikes in other parts of the country.