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.

You can read the full text of today’s report as a PDF and access older ones at:

https://vashonbeprepared.org/News/SitReps

NOTICE: The Situation Report will not be published after this week. Vashon EOC is planning to move our activation to a Standby/Monitoring level on June 25th, as the state of Washington approaches full reopening. Today’s Situation Report will be the last report with our standard format. Friday’s report will provide a brief summary of COVID-19 conditions and will mainly consist of a new resource guide to COVID-19 services and information. The Resource Guide will give residents contact points for COVID-19 information, testing, vaccines, and other social assistance.

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Vashon Vaccine Availability:

The Overview: Vaccination is easily available on island Monday through Saturday by going to either of the island’s two vaccination locations, Sea Mar clinic or Vashon Pharmacy. Vaccine supplies continue to be readily available to the providers.

Vashon Pharmacy Vaccinations: You can go to Vashon Pharmacy six days a week to get your first or second dose of vaccine. To save time, you are encouraged to go to VashonPharmacy.com/COVID to pre-register and make an appointment if you are going for your first dose. If you are going for a second dose of vaccine, you can make an appointment by calling the Pharmacy at (206) 463-9118. You may also just drop in to the Pharmacy without an appointment if you prefer. Pharmacy vaccination hours during the week are 10:00am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6:00pm. On Saturdays, the hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Check first to see if vaccinations are being offered outside at the white vaccination tents at the rear of the Pharmacy, but almost all vaccination operations have now been moved inside the building.

Sea Mar Clinic Vaccinations: At the clinic on Sunrise Ridge, you can save time and a trip by making an appointment in advance, calling (206) 463-3671. Drop-ins are welcome without an appointment, but making arrangements in advance may save you a wasted trip, since Sea Mar has been adjusting its operations to synchronize with the reduced demand for vaccinations. In order to avoid wasting leftover vaccine from the multi-dose vials, they are trying to concentrate patients into a few days a week. Sea Mar is open Monday through Friday.

Vaccination Free to All: All COVID-19 vaccinations are free to all. If you have insurance, you’ll be asked for your information so providers can recover the cost of administering the free vaccine, but there’s no co-pay. If you do not have insurance, the cost is covered anyway and you will not be charged.

Achieving Full Protection: Much of the remaining need for vaccination on Vashon relates to the final step of achieving full vaccine protection. About 78.1% of Vashon residents have now completed their full course of vaccination, but just over 12% of residents have not yet acted to get their second dose of vaccine, according to the data dashboard operated by Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC). Full vaccine protection requires two doses for most people on Vashon, where the primary vaccine types have been Moderna or Pfizer, and a two-week waiting period after the second dose. (The small number who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are complete with only a single dose.) See above for details on getting your second dose of vaccine at Vashon Pharmacy or Sea Mar clinic. Bring your vaccination card for your second dose visit, so the vaccinators can be sure to give you the correct vaccine and check for proper spacing between your first and second dose.

Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/22/21:*

  • 121 confirmed positive cases, 4 people have been hospitalized, 3 deaths
  • Since the last report, Vashon has had 0 new cases
  • 8,636 (90.2%) 12+ year-old residents have received one vaccine dose, and 78.2% received 2 doses

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/22/21:*

  • 106,987 confirmed positive cases, 210 new since last Situation Report
  • 1,618 deaths, 6 new since last Situation Report
  • 1,513,260 (77.5%) 12+ year-old residents have received one vaccine dose, and 70.4% received 2 doses

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/21/21 (vaccination data as of 6/19/21):

  • 448,142 confirmed positive cases, 1,460 new since last Situation Report
  • 5,843 deaths, 23 since last Situation Report
  • 7,658,911 (65.6%) 16+ year-old residents have received one vaccine dose, and 59.1% received 2 doses

You may access King County and Vashon data at the King County dashboard.

To see Vashon full data, click on “geography” then “zip” for full zip code data. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/daily-summary.aspx

*Note 1: The statistics above are from the Public Health – Seattle & King County dashboard as of the date listed. Numbers may not be complete, as data processing lags and the actual number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths may not yet match the dashboard.

Note 2: The federal HIPAA Act prohibits Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) from releasing the names of patients. 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 dashboard.

New Developments since Last Report:

Canada is easing its mandatory two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian nationals and Canadian residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad. However, the border remains closed to U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals on nonessential travel until at least July 21.In today’s announcement of a first phase of reopening, Canada said Canadian citizens and Canadian residents will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. In addition, fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air will not be required to quarantine at a government-authorized hotel. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveler must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/06/government-of-canadas-first-phase-to-easing-border-measures-for-travellers-entering-canada3.html

The latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to show promising signs of decreased disease activity. The report also highlights the need for additional vaccination and continued preventive efforts (such as wearing masks if unvaccinated) as the state moves toward reopening. Statewide case counts and hospital admissions continued to decline as of June 3, but the improvement was starting to flatten slightly. While vaccination has helped to reduce transmission, increases in estimated population immunity have also started to flatten as vaccination rates slow. As of the end of May, statewide transmission levels remained relatively high among those who are unvaccinated. DOH reports that variants of concern continue to pose additional risks for outbreaks and impacts to the health system, especially in places where vaccination rates are lower. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2841/More-COVID-19-vaccination-needed-to-keep-virus-in-check

“ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition,” an education and training partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new eight-week course tracks for small businesses interested in achieving exponential growth as the economy reopens. Each interactive course is two hours long and held once a week for eight weeks. The ideal participant is a business owner or president who has operated a business for at least two years and had pre-COVID annual gross revenue in excess of $100,000. The course is free to qualifying businesses. Interested businesses can choose from three different tracks at http://mystartup365.com/programs/scaleup

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci declares the Delta variant ‘greatest threat’ to the nation’s efforts to eliminate COVID. Delta, first identified in India, now makes up about 20% of all new cases in the United States, up from 10% about two weeks ago, Fauci said. Studies suggest it is around 60% more transmissible than Alpha, which was more contagious than the original strain that emerged from Wuhan, China, in late 2019. Fauci said, “to defeat the variant, [I am] urging more Americans to get fully vaccinated against COVID and crush the outbreak”.

Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The transition to Standby/Monitoring level of activation has nearly been completed, as we adapt to the current conditions, which include falling infection rates, a 90%-plus first dose vaccination rate on Vashon, and continued signs of community economic recovery. Vashon’s emergency response was activated 67 weeks ago (468 days).

Volunteers: In this final week of full activation, VashonBePrepared volunteers went over the top. They have now donated more than $1 million worth of in-kind value, based on the FEMA reimbursement grant rate of $31.72/hour. For the last full week reporting period, 28 volunteers contributed 353 hours of work to VashonBePrepared’s pandemic emergency response. VashonBePrepared also gives thanks to the staff and volunteers of local social services agencies for the many hours of extra work logged during the pandemic.

Situation Report: This will be the last EOC Situation Report in this format. The final Situation Report will be published on Friday, and will compile information from the resource guide that will form the core content of the final Beachcomber Situation Report compilation to be published on July 1st. The contents of the resource page will be circulated to the Situation Report email list and other venues, including social media. If a need arises due to increased COVID-19 disease activity, the Situation Report will return.

VashonBePrepared.org: The resource guide will also be available at VashonBePrepared.org, so islanders will know where they can receive services as the pandemic continues to wind down.

MRC/Testing: The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) testing site at Open Space will be closed down on Friday, June 25. To keep Vashonites informed, the MRC has created a guide to COVID-19 testing resources, which is being included in the new COVID-19 resource guide.

EOC/MRC/Vaccination: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available on island even after the transition has been completed to Standby/Monitoring status. Both of the island vaccination sites, Sea Mar clinic and Vashon Pharmacy, have plans to provide island residents with local vaccination access.