May 19th, 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 5/19/20:

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

* 7,582 confirmed positive cases, 53 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 529 deaths, 6 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/17/20:

* 18,611 confirmed positive cases, 178 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 1002 deaths, 1 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:

* Being a King County resident means we have a new normal and a Face Covering Directive from Public Health Seattle & King County and the County Executive. The directive requires us 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.

Having a few cloth face coverings allows them to be washed between uses and maybe even coordinate with your outfit. Making cloth face masks is easy and Public Health Seattle & King County has suggestions and instructions to make your own masks. Visit:

As an alternative Masks For Vashon, a group of Vashon sewers, are offering free masks for island residents. To reserve your masks visit New Developments since Last Report:

* First Half Property Taxes due June 1st. If you took advantage of the property tax extension remember that the taxes are now due no later than June 1st. Visit * Business and Non-profit Re-opening Round Tables hosted by The Chamber and VashonBePrepared seek to support island establishments with reopening issues and questions. Each round table will tailor the discussion to the specific needs of a business or non-profit sector.

* Artists and Performers on Tuesday, May 19th at 4:00 pm with host Darragh Kennan of Vashon Center for the Arts. Register Here * Merchants and Galleries (continued) on Tuesday, May 19th at 5:30 pm with host Alice Larson of Island Paper Chase. Register Here * In-Home Services on Wednesday, May 20th at 9:00 am with host Rachel Waldron of Waldron Designs. Register Here * Recreation and Fitness (continued) on Friday, May 22 at 9:00 am with host Erin Kieper of Vashon Adventures and e-Bikes. Register Here * KUOW’s Seattle Now program features Vashon’s COVID-19 testing plan, Rural Test and Tracing Toolkit. Listen to the broadcast 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.

* Vashon Island School District has announced plans for a special high school graduation event. Even though pandemic safety restrictions prevent a gathering at the football field, the School District plans a car parade. It will start at Ober Park at 4:00pm on June 13th. A virtual graduation ceremony will follow at 6:00 pm. The District will release more details as the date gets closer.

* VISD has launched advance planning for a school reopening on August 31st for the next school year. The District is calling together stakeholders to help make a plan for the reopening.

* U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. For more details and how to apply visit USDA CFAP Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: This is Day 69 since EOC activation began on March 12. We are currently in Phase 1 of the Governor’s four-phase re-opening strategy and 13 days are left in the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order. . Since activation, VashonBePrepared has spent $95,000 on emergency response, including three disbursements to social service and economic recovery partners. Another $50,000 is being held in a reserve to support long term needs for the Medical Reserve Corps virus testing operation.

* Business Support Branch: Support efforts continue for the back-to-business workshops that will hopefully launch next week in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has brought on board the facilitator for the workshops and intends to hire a coordinator within the next day or two. Industry specific round table sessions being held daily this week are asking local businesses to help design the contents of a back-to-business toolkit that will be given at no charge to each business attending one of the reopening workshops. Funding for the program is being provided by VashonBePrepared through the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. EOC Logistics Section has been providing assistance by identifying sources for toolkit items.

* Unemployed Worker Support Branch: The Branch has just crossed the 300 mark — the number of consultations conducted to help Vashon residents file for unemployment benefits. Total consultations so far: 303.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: In its neighborhood outreach efforts, the Branch sends an informational message each week to Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (NERO) leaders. The NERO leaders are asked to share the topical information, tips, and encouraging news in their neighborhoods. For example, last week’s message included an article about the types of mutual aid happening all around the country and the world during this global pandemic, and answered concerns about digital security amid an increasing number of scams that have cropped up recently. To receive the weekly messages, be in touch with your NERO leader. To identify your local NERO, or sign up to create one, contact

* Medical Support Branch: The EOC Public Information Unit has been helping the Branch get the word out about its two model programs, the Medical Reserve Corps testing program and the Community Care Team help line and counseling offerings for psychiatric and spiritual assistance. Startup toolkits are being offered to other rural communities and Tribal nations so other areas can build their own programs for COVID testing and for psychological and spiritual support.

* Community Engagement Branch: A community needs assessment survey has been finalized and will go out later this week via email, and then through an all island mailing.

A design team is also working on new communications to support social distancing and mask-wearing.

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