Summary for June 12, 2020

In this section we are providing a M-W-F summary of the current changes in the Situation Report.  For a PDF of the full Situation Report click on the link to the right. To receive these daily updates via email, sign up for alerts here or view email version here. See archived items in the PDF section to the right on this Situation Report page.

Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/10/20:

  •          916 COVID-19 tests reported, 38 additional tests since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  •          8 confirmed positive cases, 0 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  •          Date of last positive test: July 7.  This last test has been determined to be false positive
  •          1 person had been hospitalized
  •          0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/10/20:

  •          11,632 confirmed positive cases, 426 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  •          603 deaths, 7 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 7/8/20:

  •          38,581 confirmed positive cases, 2,683 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
  •        1,409 deaths, 25 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
    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:

The New York Times reports that a large study of critical risk factors for the COVID-19 virus in England confirmed that underlying demographic factors can increase a person’s risk of dying from the virus.The study found that race, sex, age and ethnicity can impact a person’s recovery chances.Preexisting medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, severe asthma and compromised immunity were also linked higher likelihood of dying. Visit https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/health/coronavirus-risk-factors.html

New Developments since Last Report:

       ·       Good News for Vashon: One resident of Vashon Community Care Center (VCC) initially tested positive for COVID-19 during a state required screening of all residents and staff at the facility. However, the resident does not have COVID-19 after all, apparently the first test resulted in a false positive. The response protocol for a care facility when there is a positive test requires a complete retest of all staff and residents. That was done over two days last week. In addition, the potentially positive resident was retested twice within 24 hours, in compliance with the response protocol. All the retests have come back negative for COVID-19, including a negative finding in the double retest of the resident who had initially tested positive. At press time, VCC remained in quarantine – no visitors, group activities or communal dining.  

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New Cases: After some uncertainty about the statistics, it appears that the COVID-19 case count for Vashon Island remains steady at seven positive tests since the pandemic began. The last actual case was recorded on June 21, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC).  

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Discouraging King County News: For King County as a whole, the PHSKC tracking dashboards continue to show discouraging COVID-19 results. The most recent update of the Key Indicators panel shows King County in the red in half of the eight metrics, failing to meet its targets in four areas -- number of new cases, the community rate of spread, the risk of being hospitalized, and the number of people being tested. For example, one goal is to have fewer than 25 new cases for 100,000 residents per day but the main tracking dashboard shows more than five times that rate.   

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In a press conference today, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, discussed the changing trend to younger age groups testing positive with the COVID-19 virus.  In the most recent two weeks, 35% of the positive tests were in the 20-29 age group. At this time Public Health has not linked this increase to any specific activity but cautions that activities that put people in close proximity, poor ventilation (typical of indoor venues) and length of time exposed are factors that increase transmission. Dr. Duchin reminds everyone “just because you can do something, does not mean you should.”   

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of the Safe Start proclamation until August 6. This includes the face covering requirement that prohibits any individual from entering a place of business without wearing a face covering. The governor also announced that bar-style seating and live music are hereby prohibited in Phase 2 and Phase 3. For full phase guidance rules visit https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers   

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No Mask, No Service: The Governor’s mandatory mask order continues into its second week. The Governor had earlier issued a statewide order requiring people to wear masks in indoor public settings such as stores. In addition, as of last week, the Governor has added responsibility to businesses themselves, requiring them to refuse to serve any customers not wearing masks.   


Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued guidance for businesses where an employee tests positive for COVID-19 virus.The guidance provides requirements for actions to be taken for reporting, operating, cleaning and protecting employee privacy.Visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/workplaces/report-cases.aspx

Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a community outreach effort call Reconnect West Seattle. The site includes information on the West Seattle Bridge closure, traffic and routing information and allows for community input. While Vashon is not specifically part of the program, it still provides useful information if you are impacted by the closure. Visit https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/bridges-stairs-and-other-structures/bridges/west-seattle-high-rise-bridge-safety-project/reconnect-west-seattle-community-outreach

Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC):This is day 121 since EOC activation on March 12.

Vashon COVID-19 Testing: 
The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) testing site has completed its transition to a new laboratory in order to speed up the turnaround time for test results. The switch to the local Atlas Genomics laboratory will return our turnaround time to 24 to 48 hours. The former laboratory service, LabCorp, had become swamped by increased testing load around the nation and turnaround had at times degraded to 7 to 10 days. The new lab has all full FDA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment certification.

Community Engagement & Medical Reserve Corps: 
The MRC worked with Vashon Community Care on its state required COVID-19 screening testing by training staff at the facility. The EOC Team assisted VCC in public communications about the initial positive test for a resident, which has now been cleared as a false positive after retesting. (See New Developments section for details.)

Logistics & Community Engagement: 
Another 1,000 masks and six boxes of hand sanitizer have been picked up from King County. They are being added to the island wide free distribution of masks, primarily through the efforts of the Social Services Support Network, Chamber of Commerce, and the Vashon EOC. Each of these bulk distribution partners has been providing masks to their constituent groups. So far, about 40% of the 11,000 free masks provided by King County have been put in the hands of Vashon residents as street level distribution continues. Voice of Vashon will be giving away free masks at Thriftway tomorrow, Saturday, where it is working with the Heritage Museum to capture oral histories of COVID stories.

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By John Cornelison on 6/8/2020 1:53 PM
The following statement has been approved by a majority of VashonBePrepared Board Members. Thanks to our President Vicky de Monterey Richoux for crafting this.

In recent weeks we've witnessed devastating news of yet more innocent Black people being killed by police. Use of undue force has been used against peaceful protestors while they were exercising their First Amendment rights, further inflaming the situation. These events occur not in a time of relative political, economic, and social ease, but after months of fears, tensions, illnesses and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Systemic racism combines with the COVID-19 pandemic, or any type of disaster, to result in far more dire outcomes for people of color, including:

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