May 21st, 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 5/20/20:

* 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 5/21/20:

* 7,640 confirmed positive cases, 23 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 533 deaths, 3 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/19/20:

* 18,971 confirmed positive cases, 160 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 1037 deaths, 6 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:

* The Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations (NERO) coordinators of Vashon provide today’s safety tip. Memorial Day weekend is here, and we’re all eager to get back to normal life, including holiday celebrations. But King County is still in Phase 1 of the Governor’s Stay Safe, Stay Home order and gatherings outside of your immediate household aren’t permitted. And as of last Monday, May 18, face coverings are required in all public places:

But there are lots of ideas out there for how to celebrate safely. Here is one resource: New Developments since Last Report:

* Vashon Senior Center Lunch Delivery will continue for the foreseeable future. Anyone age 55 or older can have a hot, nutritious lunch delivered right to your front door on M-W-F. To sign up, go to complete our online form, email, or call the Senior Center at 206-463-5173.

* Washington State Ferries strongly encouraging customers who must travel on ferries to wear face coverings to help promote the health and safety of themselves and our frontline ferry employees. Customers are advised to limit travel on ferries to essential purposes only, and to observe physical distancing by remaining in their vehicles whenever possible. You can view all travel alerts at * The Employment Security Department (ESD) is subjecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims to additional scrutiny to reduce potential for fraudulent claims. Self-employed applicants can expect a delay of 6-8 weeks from the original date of filing a claim.

Claimants should continue to file weekly claims and respond to any requests for additional information. Benefits will be paid retroactively; the EOC Unemployment Support Branch reports that two islanders they assisted just received retroactive benefits covering the past 10 weeks for close to $6000 each. To access this free assistance for obtaining unemployment benefits, email or call (206) 200-3236.

* King County has expanded the COVID-19 dashboards. Dashboards now include information on social economic impacts, hospitalizations, race/ethnicity and long term care facilities. Most of these dashboards provide additional details with hover over or click on abilities. While most of the data does not provide Vashon level information, they do give a view of the overall health of our County. Visit * Washington State Department of Health is rapidly training personnel to support contact tracing. Case investigations and contract tracing are key public health strategies to prevent the spread of disease. The state now have over 2100 personnel available for contact tracing, including 723 National Guard personnel, 769 Department of Licensing personnel and 630 local and state public health professionals.

* Gov. Inslee affirms support for creating Cascade Care, Washington’s public health option. The Governor said in a letter “Today we are in the midst of a public health crisis, the likes of which I have never before experienced. It is more important than ever before that we continue forward with Cascade Care and introduce high quality, affordable health insurance options to the people of Washington for 2021.” See the full letter at * Department of Public Services (DPS) is close to making arrangements for an RV Pump Out service on Vashon. No open pump-out facility exists on the island and reports have been received of illegal dumping by some RV’ owners, endangering salmon streams.

DPS has been discussing with septic pump out/haulers on the island to provide a temporary service.

* Business and Non-profit Re-opening Round Tables hosted by the Chamber of Commerce 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. Next roundtable is tomorrow Friday, May 22 at 9:00 am on Recreation and Fitness with host Erin Kieper of Vashon Adventures and e-Bikes. Register Here Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: A team has been assigned to begin long range planning of the emergency response. The planning team will look at the next several months and estimate what type of operations will be needed, how the EOC structure might need to change and what steps would be required before scaling back the emergency operations. This is Day 71 since EOC activation on March 12. Eleven 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.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: Invoices have been requested from social service and economic recovery partner vendors who will be receiving funding in the latest disbursement from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. Funds will be going to the Food Bank, the School District, VYFS, IFCH, DOVE Project and the Chamber of Commerce.

* Unemployed Worker Support Branch: The Branch has been fielding numerous calls from individuals who have been waiting a long time to receive benefits. The Branch one-on-one consultant has been working on the problem and explains that there have been delays as the Employment Security Department vets applications due to the potential for fraudulent claims.

* Business Support Branch: The back-to-business reopening workshop project has advanced quickly and workshops will begin next week on Thursday. More details on dates and time will be released soon. The project is a collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce and VashonBePrepared, with funding provided through the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. All businesses who complete the workshop will get a toolkit of reopening essentials at no charge.

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