May 18th, 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 5/18/20:

* 4 confirmed positive cases, 0 change since last Situation Report on Friday * Date of last positive test: April 13 * 0 Vashon deaths King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/18/20:

* 7,529 confirmed positive cases, 169 new since last Situation Report on Friday * 523 deaths, 9 new since last Situation Report on Friday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/16/20:

* 18,433 confirmed positive cases, 660 new since last Situation Report on Friday * 1001 deaths, 18 new since last Situation Report on Friday 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:

* Face Covering Directive starts today. King County residents are directed to wear face coverings when in public spaces (indoor or outdoor) and in situations where you may be within 6 feet of someone not from your household. This directive does not substitute other essential hygiene and social distancing practices. Public Health has published information on proper face covering types, use and requirements.


New Developments since Last Report:

* Vashon’s Medical Reserve Corps COVID_19 Testing Program has been featured in a New York Times article. The article highlights efforts of Vashon doctors and many other island volunteers, to develop the Rural Test and Tracing Toolkit. The Toolkit provides a system for COVID testing in rural areas with a shortage of supplies or lack of convenient medical services. The story came about as a result of outreach to share the innovative approach with other rural and tribal communities. Read the article at * Vashonite Dr. Jim Bristow will be interviewed live on MSNBC this week to discuss the Medical Reserve Corps COVID_19 Rural Test and Tracing Toolkit. The toolkit is being shared with rural and tribal communities that do not have ready access to COVIS-19 testing or have supply shortages. See the interview on MSNBC on Wednesday morning, currently scheduled for around 7:30am Vashon Time.

* Washington Unemployment will be the topic on Voice of Vashon’s REALTalk show featuring Deborah Diamond, island tax expert and head of the EOC Unemployment Support Branch.

Getting financial assistance can be complicated. This program will help with understanding the good, the not so good and the unintended consequences of the State’s efforts to help folks financially. The program airs tomorrow Tuesday, May 19, at noon on KVSH 101.9FM. It will also be heard on the station’s free streaming app and at

The recorded show will be available on demand starting Wednesday at * Vashon’s back-to-business campaign gained a new partner today, Vashon’s Makerspace and Tool Library group. The result will be sneeze shields for businesses that need them in order to reopen. The reopening campaign is being put together by the Chamber of Commerce and VashonBePrepared. Each business attending a free reopening planning workshop will receive a toolkit of essentials for reopening, funded by the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. Members of the Makerspace/Tool Library group have agreed to fabricate sneeze shields for checkout counters. In addition, the free toolkit will include a quantity of masks and social distance signage.

* The Community Resources Hub will be closing at the end of this week. The Hub has been in operation for about one month. It was created to help community members who had relied on the library for connectivity and restrooms, the library being closed due to the pandemic. The EOC’s Household and Neighborhoods Branch conducted a usage and needs assessment because, despite extensive outreach efforts, low usage continued and was even declining. The EOC has determined that the resources utilized by the Hub could best be deployed for other community needs.

* Violations of the Governor’s Safe Start reopening. Most businesses remain closed under the current Stay Home-Stay Healthy proclamation that is in effect until at least June 1st, except for those deemed essential or authorized under Phase 1 of the governor’s Safe Start reopening plan. For example, dine in restaurant operation has been prohibited although takeout service is allowed. The current Stay Home-Stay Healthy proclamation prohibits people from leaving their home or place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or business services.

If you suspect violations of the Governor’s orders regarding essential business functions or social distancing they can be reported by calling King County Sheriff’s 24-hour non-emergency number 206-296-3311 or at

* Gov.Jay Inslee announced today that hospitals and dentists may reopen for non-urgent care and surgery. Each provider will self-access their readiness to offer non-urgent care. Providers must have proper PPE supplies and satisfy safety measures including taking temperature readings and limiting waiting room capacity.

* Monitoring system installation has been completed on the West Seattle Bridge. These systems will allow Seattle DOT to monitor the health and safety of the bridge while assessments continue. * Washington State Ferries has replied to Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s letter requesting Ferries consider re-directing some of the ferry traffic from Vashon and/or Southworth to Downtown Seattle. Ferries replied they are “working with transportation agencies and stakeholders from across the city of Seattle and King County to better understand this dynamic situation, and together we are analyzing a variety of options to address this challenge.” Ferries also notes that their most recent origin-destination study showed 60% of passengers on the Triangle Run aren’t heading downtown or points north of Seattle.

* King County Metro has stated that until further notice, passengers are required to wear masks or face coveringswhile riding transit, according the new Public Health Directive from Dr Jeff Duchin, Public Health – Seattle & King County health officer, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkin.

This requirement includes Vashon’s Metro Community Van and King County Access Van.

The mask directive went into effect today.

* Blood Drive has been rescheduled to August 6th at Vashon Lutheran Church, 18623 Vashon Hwy SW. Donations will be taken 11:30AM – 5:30PM (Closed 1:30PM – 2:15PM).

Drive is open to the public. Make an appointment at * Refunds for unused Washington State Ferries tickets can be submitted online. Customers who are unable to use tickets or travel passes because of COVID-19 concerns may be eligible for a refund for the unused portion of their fare. All refund requests can be submitted online, but may take longer than the typical 6-8 weeks to process.

Refund request form at Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: Vashon EOC volunteers have contributed 7,450 hours of work since activation began, 675 last week, as reported by 50 volunteer staff currently on duty. This is Day 68 since EOC activation on March 12. 14 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. 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.

* Business Support Branch: Arrangements continue for the upcoming series of back-to-business workshops that will be conducted in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce. By the end of this week a total of eight round tables will have been conducted so the businesses can have input into the offering. Each attendee at one of the planning workshops will receive a toolkit of basics to help them reopen — tentatively including a safety commitment sign, masks, sanitizer, six foot distancing markers, and possible a sneeze shield where required. (See MakerSpace partnership item in New Developments section.) EOC Logistics Section is working with the Branch to source toolkit items.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: This week, the Branch will near the 8,000 mark for the number of meals purchased for community distribution. Almost 800 bags of Food Bank groceries have been covered by the Relief Fund. The Branch conducted a usage and needs analysis of the Community Resources Hub and a decision has been made to close the Hub after Friday.

* Medical Support Branch: The Branch has continued its outreach with Public Information, offering the Medical Reserve Corps and Community Care Team as model programs that could help other rural communities and Tribal nations. As part of that effort, achieved significant media attention to spread the word (see New Developments section).

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