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.
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.
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/25/20:
• 697 COVID-10 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 6/25/20:
• 9,612 confirmed positive cases, 110 new since last Situation Report yesterday
• 585 deaths, 2 new since last Situation Report yesterday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/23/20:
• 29,869 confirmed positive cases, 483 new since last Situation Report yesterday
• 1,293 deaths, 9 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 Busting series: Ultra-violet (UV) lamps should not be used to disinfect hands or other areas of your skin. UV radiation can cause skin irritation and damage your eyes. Cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing your hands with soap and water are the most effective ways to remove the virus.
New Developments since Last Report:
• Property taxpayers in King County who have not yet paid the first half of their 2020 taxes now have the option of setting up a payment plan. Payment plans are available for taxes on homes, commercial businesses, land, and mobile homes and the plans can spread payments out over a period of up to 18 months. For more information visit kingcounty.gov/propertytax/paymentplans.
• Effective tomorrow June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can’t stay 6 feet apart from others. Cloth face masks are not only about providing some protection to the wearer. They protect other people from getting COVID-19 from us when we talk, cough or sneeze. Between 20-40 percent of people with COVID-19 don’t show any symptoms but can still spread the virus to others. Recent research suggests wearing a face covering can significantly reduce community spread of COVID-19. For more on the requirements and proper use of face coverings visit https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/face-masks-or-cloth-face-covering
• A story on NPR’s All Things Considered makes two conclusions. It says that anecdotal information from contact tracing shows parties and similar gatherings are spreading COVID-19 but a study in Whatcom County did not show spread from the recent large protests. Also, spread is happening in a much younger age range. Whatcom County Health Department Director Erika Lautenbach said: “Almost everyone at the rally was wearing a mask, and it’s really a testament to how effective masks are in preventing the spread of this disease.” By contrast, Lautenbach cited one party with more than 100 attendees where 14 cases were found and then tracing showed spread to double that number. The story also cites Florida, where the median age of patients dropped from 65 in March to half that age now in late June. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/24/883017035/what-contact-tracing-may-tell-about-cluster-spread-of-the-coronavirus
• The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will be Thursday July 2nd from 9-9:45am, the topic will be Paycheck Protections Program (PPP) Forgiveness with Heather Russell. For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com.
• Grants for small businesses in unincorporated King County. The King County Council approved $4 million in supplemental funding for grants, technical support, and translation and interpretation assistance to help small businesses in unincorporated King County recover from impacts of COVID-19 closures. Applications open tomorrow Friday June 26. For more information visit https://kingcounty.gov/localbusinesshelp.
• Gov. Jay Inslee released the Safe Start guidance for reopening in-person instruction at higher education institutions in the fall. Inslee said “Each campus is different — varying in size, location, mission, and academic programs. But everywhere, students and educators are clearly ready to get back to campus both to learn and to enjoy this unique period in their lives,” For full guidance visit https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020.06.23%20Campus%20Reopening%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf
Progress on Community Support Operations:
• Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 106 since EOC activation on March 12.
• Vashon EOC: The new schedule has been set for EOC unit coordination and information sharing meetings, moving to once per week from the current schedule of three per week. This is part of the Phase 2 Reorganization that is shedding or reducing some steady state EOC work in order to relieve our volunteers so they can refresh and be ready in case a reactivation will be required due to a potential surge in cases as the reopening proceeds.
• EOC Logistics Section: Collaboration continues with King County Local Services and our Vashon partners on mask distribution. Adding to the 10,000 already received, an additional 5,000 masks are coming to the island and the Community Council is joining the distribution effort.
• EOC Logistics Section (more): The Social Services Support Network has distributed nearly 2,000 masks to members including Senior Center, DOVE, VYFS, Care Closet, VCC, and many others.
• Business Support Branch: The Chamber of Commerce 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.
• Community Engagement Branch: Shipped the next volunteer recognition ad for publication. An initial approach has been established for projects, work lists, goals and a consolidation plan for all public facing EOC activities into this one integrated unit.