COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report
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:

NOTICE: The Situation Report will move to a three day a week distribution starting Monday June 29. The change is part of the EOC’s Phase 2 Reorganization as the EOC moves from Type 1 activation to Maintenance and Monitoring status. The Situation Report will be published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and continue to be posted through the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alert System and the VashonBePrepared.org page. Major developments outside the new three day schedule will be posted as needed via the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alerts System.

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Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/26/20:

·      704 COVID-10 tests reported, 7 additional tests since last Situation Report yesterday

·      7 confirmed positive cases, 0 new since last Situation Report yesterday

·      Date of last positive test: June 21

·      1 person had been hospitalized

·      0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/26/20:

·      9,695 confirmed positive cases, 83 new since last Situation Report yesterday

·      586 deaths, 1 new since last Situation Report yesterday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/24/20:

·      30,367 confirmed positive cases, 498 new since last Situation Report yesterday

·      1,300 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:

Benefits of wearing face covering.  According to the CDC “COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.” A cloth face covering may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. It may also help protect you from getting COVID-19. And in case you have not heard, starting today, wearing face covering is a legal requirement in the state of Washington. For more on mask use visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

New Developments since Last Report:

·      The success of the Safe Start reopening relies on Washingtonians wearing face coverings and now it is the law. You must wear a face covering in indoor public settings like the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic, and other locations. Wearing a face covering outside is required if you cannot keep six feet (or two meters) away from other people at all times.

·      Need a Cloth Mask! Part of the county mask allotment for Vashon was given to the Chamber of Commerce which has provided 500 masks each to the island’s two supermarkets and is making hundreds more available for all other island businesses to pick up at the Chamber offices. These masks are washable so please only take one per person.

·      Public Health – Seattle & King County announced some negative trends in the county COVID-19 numbers. The Safe Start target for new cases in the county is 25 or less per 100,000 population per day, in the past week the average has been 40. These numbers are not just due to increased testing. They are due to a significant increase in the rate of infection. Over the last two weeks, 8.5% of the tests in King County have come back positive. That’s triple the rate two weeks prior when only 2.3% of tests were returning positive. Over that same period 28.3% of the positive test were from persons in the 20-29 age group and over 50% were under 40. On the positive side, the number of available hospital beds remains stable at about 53% of total hospital bed inventory.

·     Vashon Chamber of Commerce maintains business listings and reopening information for food/restaurant & virtual/essential businesses on the island. The Situation Report no longer maintains business updates. The Chamber will be reaching out to businesses already listed for updates and will seek to include businesses not already listed. If a business desires to be listed on these pages, visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/virtual-essential-vashon or contact the Chamber directly.

·     Vashon Events also maintains a list of restaurants with information on takeout, delivery and dining in. Restaurants should send any updates directly to Vashon Events for inclusion in that list. For the latest information on island restaurants visit https://www.vashonevents.org/togo

·      Seattle Department of Transportation continues to evaluate options for the repair or replacement of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. According to Councilmember Lisa Herbold the “SDOT proposed to allow general use of the lower bridge at Spokane Street from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., when traffic levels are lower. School buses will also be allowed anytime. Other types of uses, such as employer shuttles, healthcare workers and maritime users, are recommended for further consideration”. This will ease some traffic issues while allowing for priority vehicles to get through. For more on the project and alternative traffic routes visit https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/bridges-stairs-and-other-structures/bridges/west-seattle-high-rise-bridge-safety-project

·      The Superintendent of Public Education has released common questions and answers about the K-12 reopening plan announced on June 11. This Q & A can be found at https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/communications/Reopening%20Washington%20Schools%20FAQ%20for%20School%20Districts.pdf

Progress on Community Support Operations:

·      Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 107 since EOC activation on March 12.

·      EOC Planning Section: Work has nearly been completed for a process to capture lessons learned so far from this activation. A survey tool is being developed to get information from the approximately 80 volunteers who have at one point or another worked during the activation. The survey will include not only volunteers who are winding down but also ones that are continuing to work. This approach is unusual, a mid-term capture of information rather than waiting until the end of an activation to capture information that can be used to design future performance improvements.

·      EOC Logistics Section: Collaboration continues with King County Local Services and our Vashon partners on mask distribution. Greentech has been added to the bulk distribution network for the thousands of masks provided to the island by King County. Other bulk distribution participants include the Chamber of Commerce, Vashon Social Services Network and the Community Council.

·      EOC Logistics Section (more): Street level distribution of masks has reached several dozen organizations and businesses so far. Some examples include the two supermarkets, Senior Center, DOVE, VYFS, Care Closet, VCC, Granny’s Attic and many others.

·      Medical Support Branch: Drafting is underway on the design for an early warning system monitoring unit. As the EOC scales back with its Phase 2 Reorganization, it will be important to stay on the alert and be ready to scale back up if there is a COVID-19 spike.

·      Unemployed Worker Support Branch: The Branch hit a major milestone yesterday. Deborah Diamond has now conducted more than 500 consultations with workers, helping them to get unemployment benefits. Congratulations for a champion’s work, Deborah.

More than 25% of Vashon’s workforce has applied for unemployment during the pandemic, including wage earners as well as gig economy or self-employed workers. In the last few weeks the number of new filings has leveled off.