September 21st, 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:
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/9/20:
  • 1,694** Total persons tested, 49 persons tested since last Situation Report Friday
  • 20 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 1 new case since last Situation Report Fri
  • Date of last positive test: September 9
  • 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
  • 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Countas of 9/9/20:
  • 20,440 confirmed positive cases, 367 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 741 deaths, 9 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Countas of 9/8/20:
  • 78,009 confirmed positive cases, 2,153 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 1,978 deaths, 33 new since last Situation Report on Friday
** The testing data of the Public Health – Seattle & King County Dashboard was adjusted on Aug. 31 to reflect the number of persons tested, where the prior reports listed the number of tests performed. This change created a net reduction of 280 in Vashon’s total count of tests. Public Health is making these changes so their data conforms to other data reported from around the state and country.
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.
Food Security:
In this section of the report we are focusing on Food Security for Vashon. Food Security is the measure of availability of food, including our

residents’ access to food and its affordability.

Meals on Wheels offers relief to older adults and caregivers by delivering reliable, nutritious meals on a weekly basis. For many older adults, circumstances can make shopping or preparing food difficult and that may have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The Meals on Wheels program serves King County residents aged 60 or more, who have difficulty shopping or cooking. For those under 60, a private pay option is available at the cost of $7 per meal. On Vashon, Meals on Wheels currently delivers an average of 100 meals per week to about 20 clients.  You can order 7 to 14 meals per week. Meals are delivered frozen once per week and packaged in trays that are ready to heat in a microwave or conventional oven. Many meal options are available including vegetarian, vegan, low-sodium, kosher, and halal-certified. Vashon folks who want to apply and who speak English should call the Vashon Senior Center at 406-463-5173. The local Meals on Wheels representative will call them back and fill out their application online while talking with the client on the phone. Non-English speakers should call Sound Generations at (206) 448-5767 or 1-888-308-6325 or email them at For more information visit:
New Developments since Last Report:
Suicide Prevention Day is Tomorrow: VashonBePrepared’s Community Care Team kicks off suicide prevention month with a free live broadcast: “Tales from the Edge: Suicide Survivors Share Their Stories.”  The live-streaming broadcast is tomorrow September 10that 7pm. It will include two suicide survivors and a clinician, who will share their stories with host Susan McCabe.  The program is co-sponsored by Vashon Center for the Arts and Voice of Vashon. Community Care Team is a unit of Vashon Medical Reserve Corps. Join the live stream at:
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.This year, with the extra stress of the pandemic, getting help when needed is more important than ever. On Vashon, we have two free support groups ready to help.  Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) can provide counseling for residents of all ages, via phone, Zoom, or outdoors with social distancing.  Contact VYFS at 206-463-5511. A VashonBePrepared volunteer unit also offers a mental health resource, 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.
Washington State Department of Health recommends you reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke particularly with the impacts of COVID-19.  Early evidence indicates wildfire smoke exposures can make people more susceptible to respiratory infections, likely including COVID-19.  Wildfire smoke exposure increases health impacts for people with heart and lung diseases, people with respiratory infections, people with diabetes, stroke survivors, infants, children, pregnant women, and people over 65 years of age, and persons with, or recovering from, COVID-19. Visit
National Weather Service (NWS) has announced a Red Flag warning for most of the Puget Sound area through Thursday night due to gusty winds, low humidity, and unstable conditions for fire weather zones. The hottest days of the week will be Wednesday and Thursday. Eastern winds later this evening will impact air quality in the Puget Sound area.  While Vashon is not included in the current Red Flag warning, it is important to be very careful to avoid causing fires.
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County, which prohibits all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are limited to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has posted that air quality is considered unhealthy for all groups (not just sensitive groups) in many areas of the central Puget Sound region due to wildfire smoke. Variable winds are making it difficult to know how long these conditions will persist. See a map of the region’s air quality at:
Washington State Department of Health strongly discourages employers from requiring their employees to test negative before returning to work after a confirmed COVID-19 infection. People with confirmed COVID-19 infection who are not hospitalized can return to work after:
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
People with confirmed COVID-19 infection who were admitted to a hospital may need to stay in isolation up to 20 days since their symptoms first appeared. Repeat testing after COVID-19 is not generally recommended because recovered persons can shed pieces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at very low levels in their nose and test positive for up to 3 months after illness onset. However, these individuals are not likely infectious to others.
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): It has been 182 days (26 weeks) since our EOC was activated on March 12. We continue at the Maintenance & Monitoring level of activation. Our current operational priorities are health, food and shelter. Our Chamber of Commerce partner continues our collaboration on community economic recovery.
Situation Section: The EOC has been closely monitoring weather this week regarding wind, smoke/air quality and fire danger conditions.
Volunteers: VashonBePrepared volunteers contributed 380 hours of work to the pandemic emergency response last week. That brings the total to over 14,800 hours since activation. At the FEMA standard rate for volunteer hours, that means VashonBePrepared volunteers have logged time that’s worth over $470,000, including hours contributed by the Vashon EOC Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Community Care Team (CCT). The staff and volunteers for Vashon’s numerous social services agencies have contributed many thousands of hours that are not included in the total.
Medical Reserve Corps & EOC Team: A liaison from the EOC and a member of the MRC continue to provide support to a self-isolating family that had four family members test positive for COVID-19 last week. They are reported to be doing well. And they have been linked with one of the several social service agencies that have partnered with VashonBePrepared. The family members had only mild or no symptoms and have not had any concerning close contacts with others. They have been contacted for contact tracing by Public Health — Seattle & King County as well as the state Department of Health.
School Reopening: The EOC Team has provided two technical experts to work with a group of volunteers who are helping families get connected for online learning. Family Ambassadors for Virtual Education (FAVE) has been helping families understand how to get their connections up and running and optimized.

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