Situation Report #131

November 17th, 2020 - Posted in Uncategorized

COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report    The Vashon Emergency Operations Center produces this briefing for our emergency workers and for the community. The situation report is published Tuesday and Friday and includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.
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Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/16/20:  2,633 Total persons tested, 53 persons tested since last Situation Report Sunday 38 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 3 new cases since last Sit Report Sunday Date of last positive test: November 16   1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10 0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/16/20:  35,209 confirmed positive cases, 1,169 new since last Situation Report on Sunday 829 deaths, 1 new since last Situation Report on Sunday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 11/15/20: 131,532 confirmed positive cases, 1,841 new since last Situation Report on Sunday 2,548 deaths, 29 new since last Situation Report on Sunday
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:
Starting today, Gov. Inslee’s new restrictions on indoor social gatherings go into effect.  Seattle Mayor Durkan spoke to the challenge, putting it this way: “This year, our game days, family gatherings and holidays will be different. And that’s hard. But there are lots of ways to be a little more together, even when we’re apart. Indoor gatherings with people outside the household are prohibited unless the participants quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering or quarantine for the seven (7) days prior to the gathering, and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than five people.” Durkan pointed out: ”The safest way to stay safe, however, is to visit with extended family over a video conferencing platform like Zoom.”  For tips on celebrations during COVID. Visit

The Vashon Community Care Team is organized to help islanders with the challenges of isolation, self-care, relationships, and financial hardships that have been made more pronounced because of COVID-19. The Community Care Team Help Line offers mental health and spiritual health options. Callers to the Community Care Team Help Line will get help from caring, compassionate mental and spiritual health providers. They give you someone to talk with in order to get some immediate comfort, a connection to help an anxious person settle, a way to sort out next steps for coping, and linking to additional services.  All assistance is treated confidentiality.  To learn more or participate, email or call the CCT Helpline at (206) 701-0694 (8am – 8pm) and leave a message with your contact information. Someone will call you back.  

The DoVE Project is hosting free workshops for the Vashon community on Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) w Kael Balazar.  Tapping is a self-healing tool that uses gentle tapping to acupressure points which can help dissolve stress. Workshops will be held Thursday’s November 19th and December 3rd from 4 to 5:30pm. Participants can register by email at or by calling (206) 940-6430.

Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19.A support specialist will listen and connect you to community resources in your area.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 

New Developments since Last Report:
Most of Governor Inslee’s new restrictions, announced over the weekend, go into effect today as a response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections around the state. The restaurant safety measures start tomorrow. See our summary of the changes in Sunday’s special Situation Report. The full guidance is at

The Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) COVID-19 dashboard continues to record very rapid increases in the County’s positive cases. The percentage of tests coming back positive and the number of hospitalizations also have been shooting up.  Comparing the 7-day daily average positive cases for the first two weeks of this month shows an increase of 89% (280 vs 529). That’s the highest average daily case count by far since the beginning of the pandemic. Test positivity rates have increased by 84% during that same period, 3.8% vs 7% of the tests returned positive. Hospitalizations are up 66% during the period (9 vs 15 per day). Hospitalizations typically lag reported cases by a couple of weeks. On Vashon, the positive reported cases have increased by 22% during the period (31 vs 38 cases). Visit

Suicide Prevention with the LEARN steps. This week, the Community Care Team unit of the Medical Reserve Corps looks at the “A” in LEARN that stands for Ask Directly.  It’s hard to be direct about tough topics, especially suicide. The LEARN steps are designed to help you ask the direct questions that may save your child, or spouse, or parent. This week, Phil Taylor, a father, shares his experience about suicide. Visit
King County offers a website to support workers during COVID-19. The recently announced rollbacks may create some employment and insurance questions for employees.  King County wants residents to know there are resources to help workers during these difficult times and laws to protect your rights in the workplace. Visit

Strategies to Respond to COVID in Your Business webinars to be held December 7th and 10th. The Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with VashonBePrepared and Dr. Mary Bergman, a retired Vashon physician, is convening these workshops to review the guidelines, discuss strategies and review real Vashon case studies to effectively manage if someone gets COVID in your business.  Both workshops start at 9:30 am. Register at–prjkpHtXqQgN8xcbdN8g0z_KxbPYr   

Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals and families in Washington to compare plans, enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing, and public programs such as Medicaid. The open enrollment period for qualified health and dental plans is now open, and runs until Jan. 15, 2021. Visit

In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify. Since the Affordable Care Act launched, more people have access to preventive care, such as cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy. Apple Health clients can enroll and renew online using Washington Healthplanfinder at

Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The EOC activated in response to the pandemic emergency more than 8 months ago (251 days ago). Incident Commander Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert and the VashonBePrepared Board of Directors have set operational priorities on health, food, housing security and economic recovery.

Volunteers: A total of 33 volunteers contributed 359 hours of work this past week to VashonBePrepared’s pandemic emergency response. That brings the total volunteer time since activation to just under 18,000 hours. FEMA values each volunteer hour at $31.72 and that means VashonBePrepared volunteers have contributed almost $571,000 worth of in kind service to the island community. The total includes hours contributed by the Vashon EOC Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Community Care Team (CCT). These in kind contributions of volunteer hours are being used to satisfy a 25% matching requirement for some of the federal emergency response grant applications being submitted in an effort to replenish the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.

VashonBePrepared.orgThe EOC technical team went into action today to deal with an outage at the provider company that hosts the website. The outage took down the main public website as well as the internal EOC management and coordination website. Backups are at hand for restoration if needed, so there will not be any long-term issue due to the outage.

EOC/Situational Awareness: We continue to closely monitor the dramatic rise in cases on the mainland in hopes the island will continue to avoid the community spread that is happening on the other side of the water.  The team stands ready to respond if the island cases begin sharply escalating. The rolling 7-day average has doubled in just a week and now is around 530 new cases per day in King County.

Community Engagement/Community Care Team: Planning has begun on a multi-step personal resilience campaign to help people get through the new tighter pandemic safety restrictions. An expert on dealing with change and crisis in emergency situations, and other members of the Community Care Team, are working together with the Community Engagement Team on the project.
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