Mask Supply: Most of the 14,000 multi-use cloth masks supplied to Vashon by King County have been distributed in the community through local business and support service. Approximately 10,000 paper single use masks are being distributes now. If you still need cloth face coverings, a local source for high quality free masks is Masks For Vashon at: www.masksforvashon.org
New Developments since Last Report:
Follow-up on two positive COVID-19 tests: The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps testing project received a number of queries over the weekend about the two Chase bank branch employees who tested positive for COVID-19, (one of the employees lives off island and their case will be counted in their home county, not in Vashon’s count). The state Department of Health, and Public Health — Seattle & King County, are responsible for contact tracing. Those who are concerned about their contact with the employees may also wish to consult their healthcare provider for advice, or are welcome to call the testing project to be screened for possible testing. The Vashon MRC testing project may be reached at (844) 469-4554
. Information about testing is available by visiting: https://testing.vashonbeprepared.org
Quarantine Benefits: Islanders who have COVID symptoms or have had contact with a COVID-positive person and are asked to quarantine will miss work for 10-14 days. Your employer may let you take sick leave or provide special paid time off for COVID. If not, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for those days off. It is important that you file a claim the first week that you miss work (otherwise, more paperwork). For assistance in filing, contact email@example.com
or (206) 200-3236
Fire Marshal issues burn ban for unincorporated areas in King County starting today due to dry conditions in the forecast. This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning. In addition, the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of Western Washington (but not including Vashon), from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., today due to potential high wildfire conditions. During a phase 1 burn ban no recreational fires are permitted. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Face covering order has been expanded. In Washington State all persons are required to wear cloth face coverings when outside of their house, mobile home, apartment, condo, hotel, motel or any other dwelling unit. The order includes common indoor spaces, including all shared spaces such as lobbies, elevators, and hallways, in apartment buildings, university housing, and hotels, as well as nursing homes and other congregate settings. Masks must be worn properly to be effective; the cloth must cover nose and mouth. See full requirements and exceptions at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/Secretary_of_Health_Order_20-03_Statewide_Face_Coverings.pdf
US Bank will distribute single use paper masks through the bank’s drive-thru window this Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
. You do not need to be a customer to get the masks. Each distribution will include 5 masks in an individual baggie packaged according to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 138 (19 weeks and 5 days) since EOC activation on March 12.
Currently activated at Maintenance & Monitoring level.
Volunteer Work Force: More than 35 volunteers continue to work on a range of support services for the community during this response to the pandemic. They recorded 380 hours of contributed service last week, bringing the total since activation to nearly 12,700 hours. The value of those hours, using the FEMA standard of $31/hour, totaled over $400,000 for the first time this past week.
Public Information: For the twelfth week, the EOC provided a compilation of information for a full Situation Report page that will appear in the week’s edition of the Beachcomber. The team worked closely with the Beachcomber staff over the weekend to help provide concerned members of the public with accurate information regarding the two positive COVID-19 tests at the local branch of Chase bank.
Prevention: The Community Engagement group continues work on two upcoming public education campaigns. One campaign will raise awareness of disease prevention safety practices for island visitors and those they are visiting. Another campaign, partnering with the Medical Reserve Corps/Community Care Team, will educate about suicide and domestic abuse, calendared to launch for the upcoming Suicide Prevention Day in September.
“What If” Planning: A small team met this morning to scope out the planning questions our EOC Team might face if a second major emergency were to hit the island during this lengthy pandemic activation (e.g., earthquake, landslide, etc.). An initial panel of questions have been drafted and after some Command Group review will be a work topic for this week’s All Hands Briefing on Friday.