Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/22/20:
  • 1,810 Total persons tested, -49** persons tested since last Situation Report Monday
  • 19 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, -1** new case since last Situation Report
  • Date of last positive test: September 19
  • 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
  • 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/22/20:
  • 21,590 confirmed positive cases, 131 new since last Situation Report on Monday
  • 753 deaths, 5 new since last Situation Report on Monday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/21/20:
  • 83,193 confirmed positive cases, 291 new since last Situation Report on Monday
  • 2,070 deaths, 15 new since last Situation Report on Monday
** County adjusted data and shows a negative numbers
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 Tips:
Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.
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.
New Developments since Last Report:
New cases related to travel.  So far this month, six new positive cases of COVID-19 have been added to the Vashon total. All six were related to travel. “It’s essential that people quarantine themselves as they come off travel,” said Dr. Jim Bristow, leader of the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps testing operation on Vashon. “That means quarantine for 14 days, even from family,” he emphasized. The six new positive cases this month occurred in two household clusters where people who had traveled infected loved ones. Fortunately, in both cases there were few contacts outside the household and no spread into the community, thanks to timely testing and quarantines. The important message is that travel to Vashon from hotspots, even by family members, poses a risk, Bristow indicated. Up until this month, Vashon had been doing quite a bit better than the mainland urban area. However, Vashon’s recent positive test rate now roughly matches the rate of new infections for King County as a whole.
Vashon Island School Board’s regular board meeting will be held on Thursday Sept 24.  The meeting agenda includes a review of reopening progress and future plans, and an opportunity for public comment.  Also to be discussed are the results of the VashonBePrepared Outdoor Learning Task Force report.  https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/visd/Board.nsf/Public. To provide public comment, email to board secretary, Jodi Burwell at mjburwell@vashonsd.org.
Camp Sealth Outdoor Connections offers programs to support youth, teens, and families who are impacted by COVID-19 and school closures. The programs provide opportunities for children from pre-K through grade 12, to get outdoors for exercise and free play, supplement educational needs with the ability to interact with peers and gain social skills, and to fill a need for childcare for parents who need to work. Visit https://campfireseattle.org/outdoor-connections