Situation Report #130

November 16th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts, Uncategorized

Special Edition
The Governor this morning announced strong pandemic control measures in response to the skyrocketing daily increase in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The Vashon EOC provides this special edition of the Situation Report to help the island community deal with the suddenly worsening emergency. Governor Inslee in his announcement called today: “….the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history.” Inslee continued: “A pandemic is raging in our state. Left unchecked, it will assuredly result in grossly overburdened hospitals and morgues…..”
You can read the full text of today’s report as a PDF here and access older ones at: New Restrictions:
This morning Governor Jay Inslee announced rollbacks that will severely effect of our social, economic and cultural life in Washington. The rollbacks are needed to reverse the trends of COVID spread before our hospitals and medical staff are overwhelmed.  Inslee said our statewide cases have “doubled in the last two weeks” and “inaction is not an option”, and that this virus wave is ”more dangerous than the March wave”. The Governor continued “There is light at the end of this tunnel. We will continue to fight, adapt and persevere. It may be months before we’re totally in the clear, but medical advances are putting us closer to the goal of restoring all activities eventually. For now, we have to keep everyone’s interests in mind and take steps that protect all Washingtonians.” 
All rollbacks are effective midnight Monday, November 16th, and will remain in place until December 14th. The modified restrictions of restaurants, however, will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 am.  The announced rollbacks by Gov. Inslee include:
Restaurants and bars must shutdown indoor service and limit outdoor service to parties of five or less.  To-go service is permitted following current guidelines.Indoor gatherings with people outside your household will be prohibited unless participants have followed one of two protocols.  They may quarantine for fourteen (14) days prior to the gathering or they may choose to quarantine for seven (7) days prior and receive a negative COVID-19 test within two days of the planned gathering.Outdoor social gatherings should be limited to no more than five people from outside your householdReligious services may continue, but indoor attendance must be limited to 25% of capacity, or 200 people, whatever is less.  Choirs, bands or ensembles are prohibited from performing. Wedding and funeral ceremonies will be limited to 30 people. Receptions of all sizes are prohibited at the ceremonies.Retail stores, including grocery and convenience stores must limit occupancy to 25% and must close food court seating.Long-term care facilities can accept visitors only in outdoor settings, with limited exceptions for end-of-life care and essential support personnel.Movie theaters and museums are to close for indoor service.Indoor gyms and fitness centers must shutdown. Personal services, such as barber shops and salons, are limited to 25% capacityOffices are required to mandate employees work from home, if possible, and must limit occupancy to 25% if they remain open for staff.  They must be closed to the public.Real estate open houses are prohibited. Youth and adult sports are limited to outdoor only intra-team practices and athletes must wear masks.Schools and childcare facilities may continue under current restrictions and are exempt from the new restrictions.Professional and college sports following stringent safety COVID protocols can continue.Visit:  
Gov. Inslee is establishing a $50 million fund for grants to help small businesses with the impacts of the rollbacks.  Full details will be available in the next couple days.  
Safety Tips:
Making Safe Choices.  “The collective choices each of us are making every day have an enormous impact on the spread of COVID-19. We all must re-evaluate our plans for the upcoming holidays and everyday life. As community rates go up, the risk posed by social gatherings increases as well,” said Deputy Secretary of Health for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach. “The only way to slow the spread is for us all to recommit to the actions we know work. We have flattened our curve twice before, and it’s time to do it again.”   Secretary of Health John Wiesman continued by saying “We all must take immediate action if we want to avoid overwhelming our hospital systems.”   “And we must take action now to save lives—lives of the people we care for and love.”  Consider these measures when making holiday choices:Limit in-person gatherings as much as possible.Always wear a face covering when you’re around people who don’t live with you.Talk to your family and friends about alternate ways to celebrate the holidays.Stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.Keep up your good hygiene habits.Visit:
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/15/20: 2,580 Total persons tested, 42 persons tested since last Situation Report on Friday35 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 1 new case since last Situation Report FriDate of last positive test: November 15  1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 100 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/15/20: 33,368 confirmed positive cases, 1,169 new since last Situation Report on Friday828 deaths, 0 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/13/20:127,731 confirmed positive cases, 2,233 new since last Situation Report on Friday2,519 deaths, 0 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.
King County daily 7-day average continues to raise rapidly leading to new restrictions imposed by Go. Inslee.  Graph from Public Health — Seattle & King County.

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