The Vashon COVID Stories Project Will Return

July 24th, 2020 - Posted in Uncategorized

As you may have heard, the leadership of Voice of Vashon and the Heritage Museum have decided to suspend the Vashon COVID Stories oral history project for now. It was a sad and difficult decision to make because everything had been going extremely well, with dozens of community members coming forward to share many touching experiences for the museum archives and a future radio and TV special program. So, no question, the oral history project will be back out in the community when it’s safe to do so.
Vashon has been fortunate, so far, in having a lower disease rate than on the mainland. However, public health authorities have recently raised some alarming concerns about the rising spread of disease in King County and around the state.
For example, the state Department of Health said: “transmission is accelerating statewide and will continue to do so absent decisive preventative action. Washington state is in the early stages of an exponential statewide outbreak.” In a news conference yesterday, the Governor said that almost every part of the state is “on the path to runaway transmission rates of COVID-19,” adding that Washington is in a place similar to where Florida was several weeks ago. Here on Vashon, the schools have announced that it would not be safe to go back to in-person classroom teaching and school will reopen exclusively with distance learning.
It’s important for us, as community leaders, to stay ahead of the curve and set an example,  especially given the many summer warm weather visitors coming to Vashon from the mainland. 
Please be safe out there. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. We will all get through this together.

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