VASHON EOC SITUATION REPORT # 54, MAY 22

May 22nd, 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:

https://vashonbeprepared.org/News/SitReps Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/22/20:

* 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 5/22/20:

* 7,697 confirmed positive cases, 52 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 537 deaths, 3 new since last Situation Report yesterday Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/20/20:

* 19,117 confirmed positive cases, 144 new since last Situation Report yesterday * 1044 deaths, 7 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:

* Widespread COVID testing is a key component for moving to the next phase of reopening the economy announced by Gov. Inslee. The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps is providing testing on Vashon Island for any island resident or employee, with or without symptoms.

MRC has arranged for free tele-screening by a healthcare provider, by calling (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm.If you do not have a healthcare provider or insurance, testing is still available for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.

New Developments since Last Report:

* The School District is preparing for reopening of schools in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year by calling together stakeholders to help make a plan for the reopening.

A group of staff and community members will come together to work on four specific parts of a reopening plan: 1) Operations, 2) Learning, 3) Whole Child, and 4) Family and Community. The Department of Health is expected to take a strong regulatory role in the reopening of schools and the state has convened a planning group in Olympia to consider a range of seven options for reopening.

* Unemployment Support Branch reports 125 more islanders filed unemployment applications in the past week according to the state Employment Security Department (ESD). That brings the total of Vashon unemployed to 1300, well over one-fifth of the island’s work force. To access free assistance for obtaining unemployment benefits, email deborah@vashonbeprepared.org or call (206) 200-3236.

* The State of Washington is expanding the contact tracing program and is looking for both medical and support volunteers. If you volunteer as a Contact Tracer it is for the entire state, not Vashon specifically. If you wish to be involved, you will need to indicate so through Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WASERV) where you will register as a “Community Health Volunteer.” Instructions for registering as a Community Health Volunteer are at this site: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/how-you-can-help/community-health-volunteer * The Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that the first in its back-to-business planning workshop series will be on Thursday May 28. In addition, in collaboration with the EOC Logistics Section, sources have been identified for all the items in the toolkit that will be given to businesses completing the workshop, including masks, sanitizer, floor signs for six foot distancing, and signage for the establishment’s safety commitments. One option in the free toolkit will be plexiglass sneeze shields fabricated by volunteers from the Makerspace/Tool Library group and the first shield will be for Vashon Center for the Arts. The VashonBePrepared Vashon COVID Relief Fund is underwriting the cost of the workshops and toolkit.

* Bernie’s East West Roadside Produce is opening June 5-6 and will be moving to the area between Camp Colvos Brewing and Giraffe in downtown. Health Department guidelines will be followed for everyone’s safety. They ask that all customers wear a face mask. The farm stand will open Friday and Saturday the first weekend of June.

* When the Community Resources Hub closed on Thursday evening, several donated used internet devices were no longer needed, so the devices have been donated to frequent Hub users identified by the assistants who staffed the Hub. The EOC team will continue to communicate with King County Library System staff about the status of Vashon Library. Under Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” four-phase plan, libraries may reopen in Phase 3, but no date for Phase 3 has yet been determined.

* The Community Support Operations Section of the EOC reminds everyone that stimulus checks are not checks at all in many cases. The federal Treasury Department is sending out 4 million of the stimulus payments on prepaid credit cards. The cards make it possible to send the money weeks faster than paper checks. Some reports have circulated online that the prepaid cards might be some sort of scam. However, they are legit and there are no fees associated with, either for their use or for deposit in your bank account.

* Phase 2 guidance has been issued for real estate brokers, firms, and independent contractors. The guidance states that cloth facial coverings must be worn by every employee and independent contractor not working alone on the jobsite unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection. A six-foot separation between all employees and customers should be maintain at a minimum. Full guidance at https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase2RealEstateGuidelines.pdf Progress on Community Support Operations:

* EOC Operations: The EOC will be on safety and rest stand down for the three day weekend except for a core management group available for emergencies, by order of Incident Commander Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert. There will be no Situation Report on Monday, the Memorial Day holiday. This is Day 72 since EOC activation on March 12. Ten 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.

* VashonBePrepared: The total raised to date for the Vashon COVID Relief Fund has reached $239,000, about 56% of the goal of $425,000.

* Business Support Branch: The Branch worked with the Chamber of Commerce to set a schedule for the first back-to-business planning workshop series. The workshops will begin late this coming week (see New Developments item). In addition, in collaboration with the EOC Logistics Section, sources have been identified for all the items in the toolkit that will be given to businesses completing the workshop, including masks, sanitizer, floor signs for six foot distancing, and signage for the establishment’s safety commitments. In addition, the Makerspace/Tool Library volunteer team has launched and the first sneeze shield barrier to be given at no charge to an island business will go to Vashon Center for the Arts.

* Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: The Branch held the weekly coordination meeting today with the social service agency partners who are responding to the increased needs for food during this emergency. The food task force include the Food Bank, the School District, Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness and the Senior Center.

* Medical Support Branch: With Chief Krimmert, the Branch convened a meeting today among the island’s medical care providers to work on collaboration and sharing of resources.

* Community Engagement Branch: Research has begun on the design for a volunteer recognition program.

* Business Support Branch: The Branch worked with the Chamber of Commerce to set a schedule for the first back-to-business planning workshop series to begin late next week. Sourcing for items in the free toolkit has been completed. The Chamber has hired a coordinator for the program, which is being funded by VashonBePrepared from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.

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