May 15th, 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 5/15/20:

* 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 5/15/20:

* 7,360 confirmed positive cases, 53 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 514 deaths, 2 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/13/20:

* 17,773 confirmed positive cases, 261 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 983 deaths, 8 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:

* King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings starting May 18th. Masks should be utilized when in public spaces (indoor or outdoor) and in situations where you may be within 6 feet of someone not from your household.

Cloth face masks are strongly urged in places such as retail stores, food and beverage stores, restaurant take-out and food businesses, and all forms of public transportation.

The full mask directive is at

New Developments since Last Report:

* The VashonBePrepared Executive Committee today approved next week’s spending plan for the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. The approval includes Disbursement #3 going to partners providing social services and economic recovery support to the community.

Disbursement #3 will bring social service and economic recovery funding to $79,000.

Emergency response spending since activation totals $95,000, adding in costs for town halls, Community Resources Hub, communications tools, posters and public information advertising. The totals do not include nearly $50,000 set aside for sustaining the virus testing for some months to come. Disbursements for social services and economic recovery have included the Food Bank, VYFS, IFCH, School District, Senior Center and the Chamber of Commerce.

* WA Dept. of Health has issued guidance for Graduation Ceremonies. Large gatherings are not allowed until phase 4 of the Safe Start plan, the guidance provides several alternatives including virtual ceremonies, video submissions, social media and a gallery drive. The full guidance is at * Gov. Jay Inslee cautioned that there is no guarantee the next Safe Start phase of reopening will occur June 1. Gov. Inslee said “Sacrifices across the state of Washington are profound, but we also know we are making progress.” To enter Phase 2 the county has to demonstrate strong planning and capability in the areas necessary to protect public health in their communities including having adequate local hospital bed capacity and personal protective equipment to keep health care workers safe.

* King County Solid Waste Division is urging residents to postpone all non-essential trips to recycling and garbage facilities to keep the public & employees safe. If you have to visit the transfer station, you are requested to pay with a card rather than cash, stay in your vehicle while waiting at the scales and stay at least six feet from other customers and employees. King County facilities do not accept waste from outside jurisdictions and may require proof of residency. Visit Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: Chief Krimmert, Incident Commander, has ordered a three day stand down for the rest and safety of our emergency response volunteers for the Memorial Day weekend, 23 thru 25 May. A small leadership team will remain on duty in case of emergency. Research continues into federal funding sources that may be able to reimburse for or replenish expenditures from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. This is Day 66 since EOC activation on March 12. Seventeen 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: EOC Logistics Section is working with the Branch to source potential items that may be included in the back-to-business toolkit to be funded by the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. Three roundtables have been held so far to provide input to the program and coordinator candidates are under consideration by the vendor partner for the back-to-business campaign, the Vashon Chamber of Commerce.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: The Branch hosted the weekly meeting for food and meals agencies and programs. A significant increase in volume was noted by the Senior Center for its delivered hot lunches effort. By the end of this month, the monthly number of delivered hot lunches is projected to be almost four times the number of meals they delivered in March. The Senior Center provides delivered hot lunches to all seniors 55 and older, whether they are Senior Center members or not. To submit a weekly lunch deliver order go to or phone 206-463-5173.

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