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VASHON EOC SITUATION REPORT # 90 – July 29, 2020
July 29th, 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 M-W-F situation report includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.
You can read the full text of the report as a PDF here:
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/29/20:
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/29/20:
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/27/20:
NOTE: Federal law prohibits Public Health – Seattle & King County from releasing the names of patients(HIPAA Act). For consistency of day-to-day data reporting for Vashon, the EOC uses only the Zip code data from the Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) dashboard.
Health Tip of the Day:
FDA warnings on hydroxychloroquine. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci “The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in coronavirus disease.” Fauci, Director of the national Institute Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stressed that “there are fundamental things we should be doing, particularly if you happen to be in an area where there’s viral activity.” “We should all be wearing masks outside.” Fauci said, “and, in addition, people should continue social distancing, avoid crowds and practice good hand hygiene.” https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-cautions-against-use-hydroxychloroquine-or-chloroquine-covid-19-outside-hospital-setting-or
New Developments since Last Report:
Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the pause in the Safe Start Washington planindefinitely. Washington counties may no longer advance to the next Phase of the reopening plan until the pause is lifted. King County, and therefore Vashon Island, is at Phase 2. This indefinite freeze likely means it will be some time before Phase 3 can begin here.
Starting tomorrow July 30th, new Safe Start rollbacks are effective. Indoor restaurant service will now be restricted to only allow members of the same household to sit together, and seating is limited to 5 individuals per table. Indoor alcohol sales must end at 10pm and game areas are not permitted at any time. Bars may no longer serve indoors but may continue outdoor service. Indoor fitness centers and gyms will be limited to 5 individuals not including staff. The full order can be found at: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Phase%202%20and%203%20Restaurant%20and%20Tavern%20Guidance.pdf
Rollback effective Aug 10 for Weddings and Funerals. For all Safe Start Phases regardless of venue, indoor wedding and funeral ceremonies will have an occupancy limited to 20 percent capacity or 30 people, whichever is less, if and only if six feet of physical distancing between households can be achieved. Outdoor ceremonies are limited to 30 people, and at least six feet of physical distancing between households is required. Only ceremonies are permitted, and ceremonies must follow all other provisions of the “Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements.”
All Receptions are prohibited. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Memo%20SafeStart%20Ghanges%207.28.pdf
The risk of getting COVID-19 from food, treated drinking water, or food packaging is very low. According to the CDC, the risk of infection by the virus from food products, food packaging, or bags is thought to be very low. Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags. FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said “what we do know is that the virus is not known to be transmitted via food or food packaging. It is much more likely to be spread through person-to-person transmission.” The CDC cautions against washing produce with soap, bleach, sanitizer, alcohol, disinfectant or any other chemical. Gently rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under cold, running tap water. Scrub uncut firm produce (e.g., potatoes, cucumbers, melons) with a clean brush, even if you don’t plan to eat the peel. CDC says that salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, and lime juice have not been shown to be effective at removing virus from produce. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/food-and-COVID-19.html
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 140 (20 weeks) since EOC activation on March 12. Currently activated at Maintenance & Monitoring level.
Medical Reserve Corps: MRC volunteers continue to respond to a few calls from the public asking about potential exposure to COVID-19 at Chase bank, where two employees tested positive last week. The MRC is advising people who are concerned about potential exposure to consult their healthcare provider for advice. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you are welcome to call the MRC team to discuss quarantine and testing. The MRC treats all conversations regarding exposures and testing as confidential. The Vashon MRC testing project may be reached at (844) 469-4554. Information about testing is available by visiting: testing.VashonBePrepared.org. (Note: Contact tracing is the responsibility of county and state public health agencies.)
Economic Recovery – Businesses: The Chamber of Commerce has fielded a survey of businesses on the island, asking about their current situation, given the pandemic. The survey went out today to all businesses on the Chamber mailing list, members and non-members. The EOC Team provided input into the survey.
Economic Recovery – Unemployed: In partnership with the EOC, the Chamber’s expert on unemployed worker assistance has been closely monitoring the Congressional negotiations aimed at developing a new stimulus package, particularly the potential continuation, shrinkage, or expansion of the federal boost payment to augment state unemployment benefits. At this time, the House, Senate, and the President do not seem close to reaching agreement.
Public Information: The Community Engagement group has produced a draft campaign plan for raising awareness of disease prevention practices for island visitors and those they are visiting. The draft plan is in the costing and budgeting process now. In addition, Community Engagement has joined the task force working on a suicide and domestic abuse prevention campaign contemplated to launch in September.
Contingency Planning: A small EOC scoping and planning team has produced a draft plan for how the island’s emergency response teams might organize if it was necessary to address a second major emergency during the pandemic (e.g., earthquake, landslide, severe weather, etc.). After additional revisions today, the draft will be distributed to participants in Friday’s All Hands Briefing for input of the full EOC Team.
Finance Section: A four track strategy has been agreed upon to apply for reimbursement of emergency response costs after consultations with the King County Office of Emergency Management and the state Emergency Management Division. Based on an analysis of eligibility requirements, there will be three applications for FEMA reimbursement by Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, VashonBePrepared, and King County on behalf of VashonBePrepared. A fourth grant application for CARES act funding will hope to cover costs not eligible for FEMA reimbursement.