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:
https://vashonbeprepared.org/News/SitReps

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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Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/28/20:

• 736 COVID-19 tests reported, 32 additional tests since last Situation Report on Friday

• 7 confirmed positive cases, 0 new since last Situation Report on Friday 

• Date of last positive test: June 21

• 1 person had been hospitalized

• 0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/28/20:

• 10,069 confirmed positive cases, 168 new since last Situation Report on Friday

• 586 deaths, 0 new since last Situation Report on Friday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/27/20:

• 31,752 confirmed positive cases, 1,385 new since last Situation Report on Friday

• 1,310 deaths, 10 new since last Situation Report on Friday

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:

King County is now recommending that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Testing as soon as possible after symptoms appear is important to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community. Testing is available on Vashon Island, with the cost covered by VashonBePrepared for those without insurance. Call Vashon Medical Reserve Corps at (844) 469-4554 M-F 9:00am-6:00pm for information and appointments. https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care.aspx

Contact tracing is happening: Contact tracers interview people who have tested positive for COVID-19. If an interview reveals that you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, tracers will get in touch with you to let you know you’ve been exposed and advise you to stay home for 14 days. They will not reveal who the potential contact was. Support is available for those needing a place to quarantine or help with access to necessities during that time. Read the state’s contact tracing FAQs here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/CaseInvestigationsandContactTracing/CaseInvestigationsandContactTracingFAQ.

New Developments since Last Report:

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he’s pausing the option for eligible counties to move into phase 4 of reopening due to rising cases across the state and concerns about the continued spread of Covid-19. Inslee said in the statement. “We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.” King County, including Vashon Island, is still in phase 2. https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-and-wiesman-announce-pause-county-progressions-phase-4

This year the parade will come to you. In past years, the annual Strawberry Festival parade was a huge event in Vashon town. But this year the Strawberry Festival will not take place due to the pandemic. So, the Chamber of Commerce has organized a caravan of floats by community organizations that will drive along most of the main roads on the island. It’s this Saturday morning, July 4, launching at 10:00am. When the parade gets to your house, you can safely stand on your porch or your driveway and wave as the pop-up parade goes by. To track parade progress, tune in to the live coverage and parade sound track on Voice of Vashon, KVSH 101.9FM or listen via the free streaming app. For more info go to: https://www.vashonchamber.com/pop-up-parade

The New York Times reports that the coronavirus was initially thought to be a respiratory illness. But it has now been found to impact not just the lungs, but the kidneys, heart and circulatory system — even, somehow, the senses of smell and taste.  According to the Times, “In many patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, the immune system is threatened by a depletion of [T cells], suggesting eerie parallels with H.I.V. Some experts have wondered whether antiviral treatment makes sense for severely ill Covid-19 patients, if their main affliction is an immune system overreaction.”  Dr. Hayday at King’s College London said if the virus directly causes the immune system to malfunction then an antiviral treatment makes sense. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/health/coronavirus-immune-system.html

Transportation: The King County Water Taxi is running on its winter schedule, but will not run this Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day. Metro has restarted service on Vashon. Please follow regulations by wearing a mask at all times, distancing from staff and other riders, and entering buses through the rear door. Transportation options are changing frequently. Sign up for alerts here: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/alerts-updates/signup.aspx & here https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/water-taxi.aspx.

King County has updated COVID-19 data by race & ethnicity, showing that it is disproportionately impacting communities of color. Case and hospitalization rates per population for Hispanics are about 5 times that for whites, and death rates are 2.5 times. Case rates for Blacks are triple that of whites. https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/race-ethnicity.aspx

Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 110 since EOC activation on March 12. Volunteers last week contributed 437 hours, bringing the total logged since activation to 10,979. The EOC today moved to Maintenance and Monitoring status, the first day of the Phase 2 Reorganization.

EOC Reorganization: The Medical Reserve Corps and the Community Care Team remain at full force. The Community Support Operations Section functions have generally been put into the hands of community partners with funding continuing for the previously designated priorities of food, shelter and economic recovery. Traditional Incident Command System support teams for logistics, planning and finance have been consolidated, collapsed or demobilized. 

Recovery Operations: The next disbursement of funds for social services and economic recovery has been advanced to the payment stages as partner organizations are being asked to submit invoices for their work. The disbursement will total about $25,000.

Human Relations/Demobilization: Volunteers are being engaged this week to assay their interest in continuing to work on pandemic related needs. An after action questionnaire will go out this week to capture lessons learned and suggestions for improvements in future emergency responses.

COVID-19 Prevention: Several thousand masks have been distributed to islanders through partners including the Chamber of Commerce, Vashon Social Services Network, Greentech, Community Council, both supermarkets, Senior Center, DOVE, VYFS, Care Closet, VCC, Granny’s Attic and many others.

Unemployed Workers and Business Support: The work of these two branches of the Community Support Operations Section is now based at the Chamber of Commerce with continued EOC coordination. Economic recovery funding is being provided by the Vashon COVID Relief Fund, administered by VashonBePrepared.

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.