May 13th, 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 5/13/20:

* 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 5/13/20:

* 7,221 confirmed positive cases, 42 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 514 deaths, 3 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/11/20:

* 17,330 confirmed positive cases, 208 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 962 deaths, 17 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:

* Who should get tested for COVID-19? Anyone who is experiencing even mild COVID-like symptoms should isolate themselves away from others and call their healthcare provider.

Getting tested as soon as possible is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (see MRC Testing below). The most concerning symptoms are cough or shortness of breath. But if you have two or more of the following symptoms, you should also call to be evaluated for a test: Fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. For more on testing visit

New Developments since Last Report:

* In advance of the Safe Start phase 2 openings, Governor Inslee’s office has issued guidance for resuming dine-in restaurant and tavern operations. Restaurants must maintain below 50% occupancy for both indoor and outdoor seating and must close off any bar seating and make provisions for employee safety and facility hygiene.

To facilitate contact tracing establishments offering table service must create a daily log of all customers (including telephone/email contact information, and time in) and maintain the log for 30 days. No restaurant may operate until they can meet and maintain all the requirements outlined in the guidance. The full guidance is at * Under Phase 2 Safe Start, retail stores must remain below 30% occupancy and identify and reduce choke points where customers could become clustered in order to maintain the recommended physical distancing. Cloth facial coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone and distance markers must be placed to ensure 6 foot spacing. The full guidance is at * Widespread COVID testing is a key part to the next step of reopening the economy announced by Gov. Inslee. The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps is providing testing on Vashon Island. It has arranged for tele-screening by a healthcare provider to determine if a testing is appropriate, by calling (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm.If you do not have a healthcare provider or insurance, testing is still available for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.

* The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will be held tomorrow 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

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a webinar tomorrow Thursday, May 14, 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: A strategy has been developed for FEMA reimbursement application for costs of Vashon’s emergency response after consultation with King County Office of Emergency Management staff. This is Day 63 since EOC activation on March 12. Nineteen days are left in the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

* Business Support Branch: Work continues towards two economic recovery projects in collaboration with our partner, the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. One project involves a workshop program with a free toolkit for safe reopening to be funded by VashonBePrepared. Another explores the potential for expanding restaurant and retail operations to sidewalks and streets to allow for profitable operations within the capacity limit directive that will come into effect when phase 2 allows limited opening of businesses, potentially at the end of this month. Some funding for these economic recovery projects is being planned for Disbursement #3 from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: Conducted the weekly collaboration meeting with the social service partner vendors working with VashonBePrepared and the EOC in response to the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic. Discussions have begun with social service partners on terms for Disbursement #3 from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.

* Community Engagement Branch: A community needs assessment survey has been drafted and will be going to the field. Work continues on an all island English/Spanish mailing with contact phone numbers to call for those needing assistance as a result of the pandemic.

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