May 14th, 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 5/14/20:

* 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 5/14/20:

* 7,307 confirmed positive cases, 86 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 514 deaths, 0 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/12/20:

* 17,512 confirmed positive cases, 182 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 975 deaths, 13 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 (PHSKC) encourages anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, to prevent the virus spreading to family, friends, and the community. Anyone with symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should get tested right away. “With more healthcare providers offering testing, we now recommend that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 be tested,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. Visit

New Developments since Last Report:

* The Vashon Chamber of Commerce has agreed to partner with VashonBePrepared on a major back-to-business effort built around a series of planning workshops. Businesses attending the virtual workshops how to safely re-open their establishments will receive a free toolkit including signage, some masks, hand sanitizer and other basics needed to get back into business. The campaign will be funded by the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.

* Vashon unemployment keeps rising, following national and regional trends. Washington State Employment Security department figures for the week ending May 9th showed 100 new unemployment applications for Vashon, bringing the island total to 1,175, estimated to be more than 20% of the island work force. The state had 109,425 initial claims and a 20% increase of total claims to 1,301,564 over the previous week. King County initial claims were 37,701 an increase of 19.4% over the prior week. The EOC Unemployment Support Branch has so farconducted267 consultation interviews with islanders to aid them with their applications. To access this free assistance for obtaining unemployment benefits, email or call (206) 200-3236.

* Vashon Island Tool Library will reopen on Saturday May 16th with special safety procedures in place to assure social distancing. The library will have limited hours Sat. 9-12 and Wed. 5-8, and require both a scheduled appointment and advanced tool reservation. For the full procedures visit * Monday is the 40th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. In recognition of the anniversary the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is hosting a set of programs called Mount St. Helens and the Cascade Range Volcanoes. The programs will be on the PNSN YouTube channel: on Monday May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm PDT. This will be followed at 8:00pm by a live Q&A session hosted on Facebook live: * The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat #11, will be held next Thursday May 21st from 9-9:45am, the topic will be Writing a Business Plan with Rachel Waldron.

For more information or to register visit

* King County Library System physically remains closed however the libraries still provide remote educational opportunities and entertainment via the internet, including e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video and music. Access the Libraries at for English or for Spanish.

* Washington Health Plan Finder is offering special enrollment for individuals/families that experienced a drop in income so that they will now be eligible for a health insurance subsidy. On Vashon the Brown Agency offers free health insurance consultation and assistance, call 206.567.4600, or visit Washington Health Plans at

* Gov. Inslees Start Safe phase 2 reopening guidance’s are being issued by business sector. Each guidance provides the health, safety, hygiene and occupancy requirements for businesses in that sector to reopen. A date for the phase 2 reopening for Vashon or King County has not been established.

* Start Safe phase 2 requirements for Personal Services establishments have been issued. This category includes Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools. The guidance outlines requirements for social distancing, PPE use and hygiene. Personal service providers must be able to comply with all safety and facility-specific requirements before re-opening. The full guidance is at * Phase 2 Professional Services requirements cover office-based occupations such as accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other professional service occupations.

Professional service providers must be able to comply with all guidelines before operating. Visit * King County Cultural Relief Fund has an additional $2 million funding approved by the King County Council. The fund was established to assist the cultural sector with losses from closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19. The deadline for new or revised applications has been extended to June 15th for individuals, visit June 5th for organizations, visit

* Island dentist offices are opening on Tuesday May 19th. They will be following all the phase 1 Start Safe guidance and are in the process of rescheduling appointments for current patients. According to Langland Dental Associates the safety precautions will include no waiting in the office, if possible. Patients can wait in their cars until someone from the office gets them. They have installed a new air filtration system in the office, Plexiglas barriers, will digitally take temperatures before patients enter, will stagger appointment and will ask patients to complete a questionnaire.

All staff and doctors will have full PPE’s. People should check with their dentists to find out the protocols for that particular office before coming in.

* Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN), thehome-based testing program, has temporally paused the self-collected sample program while awaiting an authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. This has no impact on Vashon’s MRC testing program. If you have even minor symptoms call(844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm for a COVID-19 test.

Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: The EOC and VIFR finance teams have conferenced on the process for obtaining reimbursement for emergency expenses from FEMA and the process for applying for a King County allocation of federal SHARES funds. If the funding can be obtained it will help make the Vashon COVID Relief Fund donations go further.

This is Day 64 since EOC activation on March 12. Eighteen days are left in the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order. We are currently in Phase 1 of the Governor’s four-phase re-opening strategy.

* Business Support Branch: The Branch Director is working with the Chamber of Commerce to implement the new back-to-business campaign (see New Developments section). The Logistics Section will be working in support of the campaign as well.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: Work continues on a third round of disbursements to VashonBePrepared’s social service vendor partners from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. The next disbursement cycle is slated for next week, and will include the new Chamber of Commerce back-to-business campaign (see New Developments), as well as food and meals, housing assistance, and other aid from partners such as the Food Bank, Vashon School District, IFCH and VYFS.

* Unemployed Worker Support Branch: Continued consultation interviews to assist those needing to apply for unemployment benefits as well as job search help. Obtained update to weekly unemployment statistics for the 98070 and 98013 zip codes on Vashon (see New Developments section).

* Medical Support Branch: Continued planning work on options for the testing site location. Monitored the SCAN testing halt (see New Developments) and determined it will not affect the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps testing project.

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