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 7/14/20:
· 1033 COVID-19 tests reported, 41 additional tests since last Situation Report on Monday
· 9 positive tests returned, however 1 test has been determined to be false positive
· 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 new case since last Situation Report on Monday
· Date of last positive test: July 14
· 1 person had been hospitalized
· 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/14/20:
· 12,353 confirmed positive cases, 254 new since last Situation Report on Monday
· 620 deaths, 16 new since last Situation Report on Monday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/13/20:
· 42,304 confirmed positive cases, 1,648 new since last Situation Report on Monday
· 1,404 deaths, 34 fewer than last Situation Report on Monday, due to update in death data
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:
·   Contaminated hand sanitizers: Some alcohol-based hand sanitizers that were manufactured in Mexico have been found to contain a significant amount of methanol, also known as wood alcohol. Due to its toxic effects, methanol is not an accepted ingredient in hand sanitizers, and is dangerous to use. The Washington Poison Center has issued a Public Health Alert detailing where to access information about contaminated products, symptoms of exposure to methanol, and treatment options. The FDA’s recall list (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol) includes 67 products found to be contaminated with methanol. Health Alert: https://www.wapc.org/wp-content/uploads/Public-Health-Alert-Methanol-Based-Hand-Sanitizers.pdf
New Developments since Last Report:
·   Vashon’s total count of COVID-19 cases has gone up by one. One new positive test was logged yesterday by Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC), bringing the total to nine since the pandemic began. However, one of the nine was later proven to be a false positive. To put the Vashon situation in perspective, the island’s positivity rate is 80 positive tests per 100,000 residents compared to 555 per 100,000 residents for all of King County. That means the mainland King County positivity rate is seven times the rate on Vashon Island. King County has been hit by a COVID-19 spike in the last two weeks with daily new cases hitting levels similar to April since the Phase 2 reopenings began.
·   Statewide holding pattern: Governor Inslee announced yesterday that due to the increase in numbers of cases around the state, all counties will continue the hold placed on continued phased reopening until July 28. In early July, a reopening pause was placed until July 16th, leaving several counties with applications to advance phases pending. The governor commented on the recent dramatic increase in mask wearing in hard-hit Yakima County, and noted that increasing wearing of masks is our best hope to restart phased reopening and achieve goals such as reopening schools. Rollbacks of phases remain a possibility if case numbers do not improve. To avoid that, the governor suggests we wear a face mask, avoid large groups and limit unnecessary activity.
·   Library curbside service has expanded:Beginning today, King County Libraries are accepting new item holds and continuing its Curbside to Go system of pickup of hold items. Since the initiation of curbside service on July 1, the library has been clearing the backlog of previous holds from before the library closure. In addition, you can request now “Genre Bags” with 5 surprise titles in a subject area of your choice. Pickup appointments may be arranged via the myLIBRO mobile app or calling the library at (425) 507-3252.  Appointments are not necessary to walk up, but you may have to wait in line. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm and Tuesday through Thursday 4:00-7:00pm. For more details, visit https://kcls.org/curbside
·   Washington State updates COVID-19 death counts: The Washington State Department of Health has published a preliminary death data report, detailing its metrics for assigning cause of death to those who have had positive COVID-19 tests. The report took 4% of the previously reported deaths out of the COVID-19 death count because – even though they tested positive – their cause of death was  determined to be non-COVID-19-related. Another 7% are pending determination of final cause of death. This report is part of the ongoing process of collecting and finalizing death data, which may take up to a year. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/news/washington-state-department-health-publishes-detailed-covid-19-preliminary-death-data-report
·   Unemployment filings have stayed flat for the last two weeks, the first time that’s happened since the pandemic lockdown in March. The number of filings to date totals 1,420 or about 25% of the island’s workforce. Taking into account Phase 2 reopenings and other factors, the “Ask the Expert” unemployed worker support consultant at the Chamber of Commerce estimates that around 1,000 remain unemployed, not yet back to work. For assistance with filing, contact Deborah Diamond at (206) 200-3236 or Deborah@VashonBePrepared.org.
Progress on Community Support Operations:
·   Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 126 (18 weeks) since EOC activation on March 12.
·   Finance: A key qualification conference with officials for the state Emergency Management Department suggests there is reason for optimism to achieve FEMA reimbursement funding for VashonBePrepared and Vashon COVID Relief Fund expenditures in response to the pandemic emergency. The FEMA reimbursement application process may, however, prove more challenging because of the possible need to submit two applications for different aspects of the work.
·   Logistics Section and Community Engagement: The EOC has picked up from King County an additional 11,000 masks for community distribution. This allocation consists almost entirely of single use paper masks. The team is working on a plan for allocating this quantity and type of masks.
·   Documentation Unit: The partnership with the Vashon Heritage Museum, Voice of Vashon and VashonBePrepared to document the pandemic emergency and the community response has been working well. Over 50 oral history interviews have been archived with community members who have been working on the emergency response. The first oral history street interviews have so far yielded 15 COVID stories. The oral history team will be at Thriftway this weekend on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.