Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/23/20:
- 672 COVID-19 tests reported, 9 additional tests since last Situation Report yesterday
- 7 confirmed positive cases, 0 new since last Situation Report yesterday
- 1 person had been hospitalized
- 0 Vashon deaths
NOTE: Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has restored a past practice of reporting number of tests and hospitalizations at the zip code level.
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/23/20:
- 9,369 confirmed positive cases, 96 new since last Situation Report yesterday
- 584 deaths, 0 new since last Situation Report yesterday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/21/20:
- 28,870 confirmed positive cases, 190 new since last Situation Report yesterday
- 1,276 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:
· Next myth from the World Health Organization’s Advice for Public Myth Bustingseries: Taking a hot bath does not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 98.6°F regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands with soap. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Masking up and maintaining six feet of social distancing are two more important safety measures to protect not only you but also those around you.
New Developments since Last Report:
· Gov. Inslee announced today and formally issued by State Health Secretary John Wiesman a state-wide mandate requiring face coverings in public to reduce the risk of spreading the infection of COVID-19 virus. Failure to conform to the requirement will be a misdemeanor. The order requires face covering in public indoors spaces (such as work or stores) and outdoors whenever 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained. Order is effective Friday June 26.
· King County’s COVID Dashboard is an excellent place to see graphical views of the virus status and to see the data by numerous classifications. However, you may have noticed data totals for Vashon are inconsistent, depending on which view you select. The zip code view is the accurate one. After speaking with Public Health we now understand why this happens. The different parts of the dashboard have different location criteria. Obviously the zip code tab uses the zip codes for Vashon, but other parts of the dashboard use street addresses but ignore P.O. Boxes. So some of the reports do not include data for a test where only a person’s P. O. Box is listed in the database. When you use the dashboards to look at data for Vashon Island, the zip code data will be the most accurate.
· As the reopening extends to Phase 2, Public Health – Seattle & King County wants citizens to remember how this disease spreads—mostly person to person, by respiratory droplets released when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. So, when you gather, it’s better to be outside. Keep your distance–at least 6 feet away. Be diligent that you and your friends and family are washing hands. And wear those masks when in public. And remember, just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s risk free or a good idea for your personal circumstances. https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/06/19/the-virus-hasnt-let-up-and-we-cant-either
Progress on Community Support Operations:
· Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 104 since EOC activation on March 12.
· VashonBePrepared: The Phase 2 Reorganization Framework was reviewed today by the board of VashonBePrepared. Implementation has begun and next Monday
the EOC activation level will move from Type 1 to Maintenance & Monitoring status.
· EOC Management: The new framework will streamline management, including consolidation of some functions, reducing the number of command group meetings and somewhat modifying the traditional Incident Command System approach. The new organization continues Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert as Incident Commander assisted by volunteer Rick Wallace as EOC Manager.
· EOC Operations: The framework maintains the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) efforts at full level, important given the recent rise in COVID-19 testing demand. The recovery operations for food, shelter and economic recovery will continue at the current level through mid-August based on current burn rate estimates for the Vashon COVID Relief Fund.
· EOC Finance Section: Planning has started, based on the new framework, to simplify financial processes. The EOC Finance Section will stand down and all those responsibilities will be shifting from the EOC to the VashonBePrepared community nonprofit organization.
· Community Engagement: Many of the public information functions of the EOC are being consolidated into one group, the existing Community Engagement Branch. The consolidated group will include all public facing elements of the current activation: Spanish language outreach, Situation Reports, media, website, social media, email and etc.
· Medical Support Branch: There has been a breakthrough in the project to provide COVID-19 testing support at Vashon Community Care (VCC). The state has allocated testing kits to VCC after some weeks of effort and waiting. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will help administer tests when the kits arrive. All staff and residents are being tested as part of a statewide initiative.