May 12th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts

COVID-19 Vashon Daily Briefing Weekdays the Vashon Emergency Operations Center produces a briefing for our emergency workers and for the community. The daily situation report includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.

You can read the full text of the report as a PDF here: Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/12/20:

* 4 confirmed positive cases, 0 change since last Situation Report yesterday * Date of last positive test: April 13 King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/12/20:

* 7,179 confirmed positive cases, 64 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 511 deaths, 6 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/10/20:

* 17,122 confirmed positive cases, 231 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 945 deaths, 14 new since last Situation Report yesterday NOTE: Federal law prohibits Public Health – Seattle & King County from releasing the names of patients (HIPAA Act). Public health experts say we should all assume the virus may be in our community and continue safe distancing and hand washing.

Health Tip of the Day:

* Public Health Seattle & King County published a new directive that strongly urges people in King County to wear fabric face coverings in public places. The directive is for indoor places such as grocery stores and businesses and also outdoors when it’s difficult to maintain six feet apart from others. While face coverings do not replace proper hygiene or social distancing as protection measures, they can help to protect others and slow community spread of COVID-19 by blocking infectious droplets from spreading when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or speaks. For the full directive and information on the proper use of masks visit

New Developments since Last Report:

* At a press conference today Gov. Inslee announced the next step towards the goal of reopening the economy. Inslee announced a shift toward COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and isolation in order to “Box in the Virus”. The five step contact tracing initiative includes: 1. Isolation (upon first symptom), 2. Testing widely, 3. Isolation of self and household members (14 days), 4. Identify contacts, and 5. Quarantine contacts. To be successful, reaction time is critical to isolate the virus to limit spreading during the period that the virus is most contagious. The Governor reported that more than 1,300 people have been trained as contact tracers, including individuals from National Guard, Department of Licensing, and state and local health officials.

There has been no word if Vashon Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have been accepted to help with that work.

* As indicated in today’s health tip, King County residents are directed to wear fabric face coverings both indoors and outdoors in situations where you may come within 6 feet of someone outside your household. The directive and a summary of its application can be read at

Seattle Mayor Durkan supporting the directive added that “probably 95% of the people in Seattle and King County have not yet been exposed” to the virus.

* King County COVID-19 Dashboards have been expanded to track the virus in long-term care facilities and also by race/ethnicity. The data in these two new dashboards data lags a couple days behind the main outbreak summary dashboard. All the dashboards allow some data selection and can provide data in graphic format. Visit the dashboards at * The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held Thursday May 14th from 9-9:45am, the topic will be The Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Explained with Heather Russell. For more information or to register visit

* St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference on Vashon offers assistance to all in need regardless of creed, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or citizenship.

In the past six weeks they have provided over $10,000 of rent assistance to 18 families. The organization is one of the social service partners of VashonBePrepared, including as a vendor for the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. If you or a neighbor you know needs help with rent, utilities, food or other basic needs, leave a message in English or Spanish on their Help Hotline at 206-450-7577.

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. PT, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers interested in participating may register in advance for webinar at

Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: This is Day 62 since EOC activation on March 12. Twenty days are left in the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

* Business Support Branch: Discussions have begun with business recovery partner Vashon Chamber of Commerce on a workshop style approach to a back-to-business campaign.

If the reopening business concept gains acceptance it could include a safety planning process and starter kit of needed materials to meet public health guidelines such as masks, sanitizer and other essentials.

* Unemployed Worker Support Branch: The Branch has now conducted over 250 consultations with islanders, helping them to file for unemployment. That means that one-fifth of all unemployed islanders have been assisted by the Branch. The Branch has added another counselor to the Chamber of Commerce Ask an Expert program, Torena O’Rorke.

O’Rorke coaches people in their efforts to find jobs.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: Today members of the EOC team met with leaders active in the Latina communities on Vashon, to explore ways to connect more effectively, share resources, facilitate help for all who need it, and build more inclusive awareness and engagement. The branch has started work on the proposal for the third round of disbursements to social service and economic recovery partners from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. This round will continue efforts to support community needs in the four designated priority areas of health and medical, food and meals, housing, including an increasing focus on Vashon’s economic recovery.

* Community Engagement Branch: A designer and writer are at work on a reference sheet about resources for those affected by the pandemic, including the unemployed and those in need of psychological or spiritual assistance. The reference sheet will be included in an island wide mailing of the annual report from Vashon Island Fire & Rescue.

* Medical Support Branch: the Vashon testing team estimates that more than 220 islanders have been tested for COVID-19 so far. That means about 2 percent of the island population.

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