VASHON EOC SITUATION REPORT # 86 – July 20, 2020
July 20th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts
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.
NOTICE: 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.
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/20/20:
- 1122 COVID-19 tests reported, 49 additional tests since last Sit Report on Friday
- 9 positive tests returned, however 1 test was negative on the retest, therefore considered to be false positive
- 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Friday
- Date of last positive test: July 14
- 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
- 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/20/20:
- 13,339 confirmed positive cases, 532 new since last Situation Report on Friday
- 635 deaths, 11 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/18/20:
- 46,946 confirmed positive cases, 2,633 new since last Situation Report on Friday
- 1,447 deaths, 20 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:
CDC looks at Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19 as the flu season approaches. Both are contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Testing may be needed to help confirm between flu and COVID-19 diagnosis. However, there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 would be indicated by a change in or loss of taste or smell. CDC has a detailed site of symptoms to help understand the differences at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm
New Developments since Last Report:
Plastic shields are not face coverings. Public Health – Seattle & King County has specifically stated that “Transparent face shields aren’t a direct substitute for face coverings because they don’t protect others. Droplets released when someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks can be dispersed through the sides and bottom of the shield. Shields are useful for protecting the wearer from other people’s sneezes and coughs.” Shields can be helpful for certain situations, such as to assist communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. CDC guidelines for cloth face coverings state that coverings should be made of cotton fabric, fit snug on the face, included multiple layers of fabric and be washable. Shields may be used as an additional layer of protection for the eyes and face over masks, or work with cloth sealing the edges. For more on face coverings visit PHSKC https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/masks/FAQ.aspx
or CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health are very concerned about the state’s spike in case numbers. On Friday the Governor said he could not rule out another stay at home order if we do not follow the rules and contain the spread of the virus. We are under order (the law) to wear face coverings inside public places and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Additionally, it is recommended to wash hands frequently and if you feel sick or have been in contact with some who has tested positive, get tested and quarantine or minimize contact with others. Let’s all be part of the solution, not part of the problem!
Reconnect West Seattle Survey. Now with cracks found in the West Seattle Low Bridge and the High Bridge closed it may be even more important for Vashon to be heard. SDOT is studying transportation options and has developed a survey for community input. The form does not include Vashon’s zip codes but they can be entered in the “other” box. The survey is open until July 31.
To participate in the survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LM7MWN8
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 131 (18 weeks, 5 days) since EOC activation on March 12.
Volunteers Donate Love: Volunteers from the EOC Team, Community Emergency Response Team and the Medical Reserve Corps have so far contributed 12,219 hours of work. Last week’s contribution totaled 267 hours, down from a peak of over 1,000 hours earlier in the activation. Based on the FEMA valuation of volunteer hours of $31/hour, volunteers have donated the equivalent of almost $379,000 to the community response to the pandemic. These statistics do not include the many hundreds of hours contributed by volunteers at our social services and economic recovery partner organizations.
Tracking Progress: When the Phase 2 Reorganization was implemented a few weeks ago, the EOC shifted to a project management style approach, a departure from the objectives setting approach used at the beginning of the activation in standard Incident Command System fashion. A project and task tracker system is being built to support Incident Command in decision making and priority setting.
Community Engagement: Design work has begun for a summer visitor communications campaign, urging that visitors wear masks and “keep Vashon safe.” The planning process kicks off this week for a website needs driven design exercise that will capitalize on lessons learned by the public communicators during this activation.
Finance: Invoice collection continues for Disbursement #6 from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. Payments for the current round of disbursement should be complete by the end of this week to partner social service and economic recovery organizations.