SITUATION REPORT # 101 August 24, 2020

August 24th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts

COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report
Weekdays the Vashon Emergency Operations Center produces a briefing for our emergency workers and for the community. The M-W-F situation report includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.
You can read the full text of today’s report as a PDF here and access older ones at:
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Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 8/23/20 (most recent data):
  • 1,768 COVID-19 tests reported, 27 additional tests since last Situation Report Fri
  • 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Friday
  • Date of last positive test: August 20
  • 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
  • 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 8/23/20 (most recent data):
  • 18,678 confirmed positive cases, 365 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 708 deaths, 5 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 8/22/20:
  • 71,012 confirmed positive cases, 1,623 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 1,863 deaths, 26 new since last Situation Report on Friday
NOTE: Federal law prohibits Public Health – Seattle & King County from releasing the names of patients(HIPAA Act). For consistency of day-to-day data reporting for Vashon, the EOC uses only the Zip code data from the Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) dashboard.
Health Tip of the Day:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. A properly worn face covering will cover both mouth and nose. Masks with exhalation valves or vents should NOT be worn because they allow respiratory droplets to escape and possibly infect those around you. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html
MasksForVashon is a collective working together to save lives and help flatten the Covid-19 curve. They provide free hand-sewn and reusable masks to the Vashon community. They are making masks for Vashon residents, healthcare and essential workers. Visit:  https://www.masksforvashon.org or email MasksForVashon@gmail.com.
New Developments since Last Report:
4 Paws Veterinary Clinic has reopened after closing as a precaution due to an employee’s secondary exposure to a COVID positive person. The employee and the spouse who works at 4 Paws have both tested negative and the clinic has resumed normal operations.
Dr. Chris Murray, the chair of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington said computer models predict that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States could spike to as high as 6,000 people a day by December in the worst-case scenario. Currently, about 1,000 people are dying daily from the coronavirus in the US. In a new model released Friday, researchers at IHME predicted the number of daily deaths will decrease slowly in September — then rise to nearly 2,000 a day by the start of December. Murray told CNN if we don’t do anything at all, the daily death toll in the US would be much higher than the 2,000 deaths a day by December. The new IHME forecast projects 310,000 deaths by December — 15,000 more than the previous forecast two weeks ago. While coronavirus infections are dropping in some areas, the death rate is not. If mask use increased in the US to 95%, the number of deaths could drop by almost 70,000, Murray added. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/22/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html
The Red Cross is offering free emergency preparedness training for youth through The Pillowcase Project. The project’s free virtual training is for students in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11). Presentations will teach kids how to stay safe during a home fire and earthquake, and to use coping skills to manage stress during emergencies. To sign up for a presentation, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossNW
Governor Inslee reminds Washingtonians this is our last chance to complete the 2020 census and make an impact for the next 10 years. The census is how funding is distributed for things like some types of pandemic relief, schools, affordable housing, hospitals, and public transportation. Census results help determine the amount and type of community support that is needed. Your census forms need to be completed by September 30th, Visit 2020Census.gov to complete the census or call 844-330-2020.
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): It has been more than 166 days (23 weeks and 5 days) since our EOC was activated on March 12. We are activated at the Maintenance & Monitoring level. Our current operational priorities are health, food and shelter.
Volunteers: VashonBePrepared volunteers contributed 276 hours of work to the pandemic emergency response last week. That brings the total to 14,036 hours since activation. At the FEMA standard rate for volunteer hours, that means VashonBePrepared volunteers have logged time that’s worth more than $445,000. The total includes hours contributed by the Vashon EOC Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Community Care Team (CCT). Many thousands more hours have been contributed to the community effort by volunteers from the island’s social service agencies.
School Reopening: Following a site survey, the “tent team” has opened up some new possibilities for providing outdoor class spaces for very small groups of students with special needs. The School District is considering the option, and the EOC Team is providing support, because the needs of those students would be hard to meet with distance online learning. If the option for outdoor classroom space can be made safe, that would provide some valuable flexibility as the school year is about to begin. The EOC Team and School District staff hope to present some concepts to the principal of Chautauqua Elementary school this week.
Community Engagement Team: The giant “mask up” campaign banners arrived on island today and will be going up this week at the ferry docks and high traffic locations around the island. The banners feature Vashon’s original masked residents, raccoons. They urge everyone to keep Vashon COVID safe.

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