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VASHON EOC SITUATION REPORT # 75 – June 24, 2020
June 24th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/24/20:
· 687 COVID-19 tests reported, 15 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
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/24/20:
· 9,502 confirmed positive cases, 133 new since last Situation Report yesterday
· 583 deaths, -1 new since last Situation Report yesterday, due to cleaning the data
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/22/20:
· 29,386confirmed positive cases, 516 new since last Situation Report yesterday
· 1,284 deaths, 8 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:
· Cloth face coverings prevent the spread of the virus. Wearing them is now the law in the state of Washington, effective Friday June 26. With the Governor’s new requirement on using face coverings, the federal CDC has a website with all the information for the proper types of face coverings, plus how to make and care for your masks, Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.
· Additionally, WHO has extensive resources and a question and answer section to help with the proper use of face coverings. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks
· Locally, masks are available at many of the businesses as part of King County’s recent distribution of masks, VashonBePrepared picked up 10,000 masks that are going out into the community via our partners. In addition, free homemade masks are available from MaskForVashon at https://www.masksforvashon.org
New Developments since Last Report:
· Washington State Department of Health Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings. The Washington State Department of Health requires you to wear a cloth face covering in publicwhen you cannot stay six feet (or two meters) away from others. This order goes into effect on Friday. You must wear a face covering in indoor public settings like the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic, and other locations. You should also wear a face covering outside if you cannot keep six feet (or two meters) away from other people at all times. Full Guidance at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/ClothFacemasks.pdf
· Mask distribution has begun on the island from the large quantity that were obtained from King County. Residents who wish to obtain one of the free masks should look for them within the next few days at both supermarkets and at other businesses around town since masks are now being provided to stores through the Chamber of Commerce, which is not planning to directly distribute masks to the public. The Social Services Support Network has moved about half of it’s 3500 masks to island service agencies. The EOC is finalizing its plans for distribution to fill in gaps that have not already been filled by the other two allocations.
· Fireworks Safety. Vashon’s public fireworks display has been cancelled due to the pandemic. If you decide to use consumer fireworks, please do so with caution and follow local rules and regulations. In this year of the pandemic, safety also includes measures to protect others and yourself from disease. Social distancing, wearing a face covering and hand-washing are still very important. Fireworks are only allowed to be discharged in unincorporated King County – including Vashon – on July 4, not in the days before or after. Fireworks are not allowed in King County Parks or Vashon Parks District properties.
· The Vashon Library Book Drop is now open Tuesday to Thursday: 10am-7pm, and Friday & Saturday: 10am-1pm. All materials must be returned through the manual book drop. Materials will not be accepted in-person by staff. Returned materials will be quarantined – and remain on patron accounts – for a minimum of 3 days before being checked in. Any fines or fees accrued during that time will be waived.
· New quarantine imposed by New York,New Jersey and Connecticut. The rule requires any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10 percent or higher rate over a seven-day rolling average, to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. Washington was initially reported as one of nine states that will require travelers’ quarantines, however has said the inclusion of Washington was in error and the state will be removed from the list. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-states-quarantine.html
Progress on Community Support Operations:
· Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 105 since EOC activation on March 12.
· VashonBePrepared: The EOC activation level will move from Type 1 to the Maintenance & Monitoring level on Monday with a new, simplified command structure. Some daily tasks are being shed or reduced so volunteers can get some relief from this long tour of duty in case a reactivation will be required due to a potential surge in cases as the reopening proceeds.
· Business Support Branch: A total of 100 businesses took advantage of the Chamber of Commerce back-to-business workshops and reopening toolkits, funded by the Vashon COVID Relief Fund, which is administered by VashonBePrepared.
· Medical Support Branch: The branch estimated potential usage of masks and hand sanitizer so the EOC could allocate a quantity from the recently obtained King County supply to supply the needs of the testing project for another four months.
· EOC Logistics Section: Collaborated with Chamber of Commerce and Social Services Support Network on their distribution plans for their allocations of masks from the 10,000 received on Vashon from King County.
· Community Engagement Branch: Finalized text for the next volunteer recognition ad placement in consultation with Public Information and CERT Manager. Formulated initial goals and a plan for consolidating all public facing EOC activities into one integrated unit.