Situation Report for April 13, 2021

  • In this section we are providing a summary of the current changes in the Situation Report on Tuesdays & Fridays. For a PDF of the full Situation Report click on the link to the right. To receive these updates via email, sign up at www.VoiceofVashon.org/alertsignup or view current email version here. See archived items in the PDF section to the right on this Situation Report page.

Vashon Vaccine Availability: 

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine put on hold: Vaccinations were able to continue today at the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site with an alternate vaccine available for patients who desired it. The CDC and FDA have decided to pause administration of the J&J vaccine nationwide; the federal announcement came early this morning and WA Department of Health joined the pause later in the day. The precautionary step was taken because six cases have been identified in the U.S. with patients affected by a severe type of blood clot problem. However, nearly seven million J&J vaccinations have taken place in the U.S., so the potential side effect was described by officials as extremely rare and still under investigation. Fewer than 20 people on Vashon have received the J&J vaccine from the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site and none at Sea Mar, although a number of Vashon residents probably received J&J doses at off-island vaccination providers. There were roughly six dozen people scheduled for J&J vaccinations today, and they were offered Moderna as a replacement so their vaccinations could go ahead. They were automatically booked for the necessary second dose appointments.

The Overview: Vaccination availability on the island has been moderate this week at both of the active vaccination providers.  On Thursday, demand will ramp up when nearly all restrictions are removed and everyone 16 years or older becomes eligible. However, it will be important to bear in mind that eligibility does not equal vaccine supply, and demand will probably far exceed the available doses at first.

Vaccination eligibility for Washington State currently includes those in tiers 1a, 1b1, 1b2, 1b3 and 1b4.  Vaccination eligibility will expand on April 15 to include all persons 16 and older.  For full definitions of eligibility, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx

Sea Mar: The Sunrise Ridge clinic has been holding walk-up vaccination clinics every day this week, and hopes to continue at that daily pace. Check day-to-day availability at https://seamar.org/covid-vaccine. Sea Mar has set aside vaccine for all currently booked second dose appointments. Sea Mar asks that you not show up any earlier than 6:00am. Arriving patients are registered and given a place in line for the day. To avoid long outdoor wait times, when patients are registered they are given a time to come back or they are asked to wait in their cars until they receive a phone call to come into the clinic to have their vaccine administered.

Vashon Pharmacy: Despite the news about J&J vaccinations being put on hold, the drive-through site was continuing with a good flow of injections. Most people opted in to the offer of substituting Moderna vaccine for the previously scheduled J&J vaccine. The vaccination appointment registration system was open last night, and the next operational drive-through vaccination day on Saturday is heavily booked.

Reminder About Young People: A protocol has been established at the drive-through site to maintain safety when young people are being vaccinated. People 21 years and younger are more prone to fainting than other age groups. So, the normal drive-through process was modified so they would not be in the driver's seat after vaccination. At the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site:
  • 16 and 17 year olds must have parental consent and be driven to the site to go through the drive-through line.
  • 18-21 year olds do not need consent or driver, but if they arrive driving solo they will be vaccinated in a designated area, not in the drive-through line.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recommends that you check the following four websites to see if there is updated information about local vaccination opportunities, beyond what we compile in these Situation Reports which are published on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Going off Island for Vaccination: A number of sites within driving distance are accepting appointments from residents in King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Here are some websites to check for vaccination opportunities:
Each of these sources lists some potential vaccination locations within a few miles of the mainland ferry docks. Check these websites frequently and refresh your browser to find the most convenient location for you. Also, keep in mind that your mainland healthcare provider may be a vaccination resource (CHI Franciscan, Multicare, Kaiser, etc.). And all patients enrolled in the Veterans Administration system are eligible at VA facilities.

Current Virus Statistics: 

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 4/13/21:*
  • 113 confirmed positive cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Friday*
  • Date of last positive test: April 7
  • 0 new positives in past 7 days and 3 new positives in the past 14 days  
  • 4 people have been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: March 18
  • 3 Vashon deaths per the King County dashboard, last death reported 2/27/21
* Over the weekend a new cases was incorrectly posted to Vashon’s count, but has been removed.

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 4/13/21:*
  • 91,802 confirmed positive cases, 1,221 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 1,485 deaths, 2 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 4/12/21:*
  • 379,056 confirmed positive cases, 5,844 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  • 5,340 deaths, 24 since last Situation Report on Friday
*Note 1:  The statistics above are from the Public Health – Seattle & King County dashboard as of the date listed. Numbers may not be complete, as data processing lags and the actual number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths may not yet match the dashboard.

Note 2: Federal law prohibits Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) 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 dashboard

Health Tips:

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) today offered some advice for those concerned about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being put on pause.  Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Health, said today that the risk of blood clots is extremely rare, with 6 cases reported nationwide of the 6.8 million persons receiving the vaccine (less than 1 in a million).  About 149,000 doses of J & J vaccine have been administered in Washington, and none of the six patients who experienced these blood clots were Washington residents.  All reported cases were women under 50 years old and previous low platelet count patients.
  • If you got the J & J vaccine more than a month ago, Dr. Shah stated that the risk of this complication is very low at this time.
  • If you received the J & J vaccine more recently, see your healthcare provider if you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.
Dr. Scott Lindquist, Acting State Health Officer said the pause demonstrates how well the robust vaccine safety monitoring systems work, since this potential safety concern was identified quickly and vaccines were paused to allow for further investigation. No definitive cause has been identified yet, but the FDA said today that a probable cause is a rare immune response generated by an individual after receiving the vaccine.  https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html

New Developments since Last Report:

Governor Inslee announced on Monday that King County will stay at Phase 3 reopening status and will not be required to roll back to Phase 2 restrictions.  That means Vashon restaurants, along with other businesses and nonprofits, can stay open at 50% capacity limits and will not need to cut back to 25%. Although King County’s case count and hospitalization metrics have been increasing sharply in recent weeks, performance indicators on the Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) data dashboard stayed short of the red line that would have triggered a rollback. On the decision deadline date, Monday, April 12th, King County averaged 195 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, just five points below the red line mark of 200. New COVID hospitalizations were at 3.7 per 100,000, well below the red line mark of five. https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-three-counties-rollback-phase-2 

Pierce County didn’t meet requirements to remain in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery plan, said Governor Inslee. The county will move back to Phase 2 effective April 16. Pierce county case data reports 250.3 new cases per 100,000 population averaged over 14 days and 6.8 new hospitalizations per 100,000 population over 7 days. Both metrics exceed the levels required to sustain the more relaxed Phase 3 COVID safety measures. Phase 2 will reduce maximum gathering sizes and capacity of retail, food, worship and entertainment establishments. https://www.tpchd.org/Home/Components/News/News/230/286  

Three Counties moved back to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery plan.  In addition to Pierce County, Whitman and Cowlitz were also rolled back to Phase 2.  "When we see increased rates of cases and hospitalizations, we need to act fast and do the right thing county-by-county to prevent more serious consequences from COVID-19 in our state,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Health, describing the move as a tough decision. Shah said, “There is still time to turn the tide and slow the spread of COVID-19 before it turns into a fourth wave, but we need to take these preventative measures over the next few months at least to get numbers going in the right direction again. Vaccine is a crucial tool, but it isn’t the only tool, and we don’t have enough vaccine yet to keep the majority of Washingtonians safe from the spread of disease. To keep yourself and others safe we still need to follow simple protection.”  Everyone, including fully vaccinated people, should continue to:
  • Wear masks and socially distance in public.
  • Avoid medium or larger-sized gatherings
  • Delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you still need to follow CDC requirements.
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • Follow guidance at your workplace. 
Vashon High School students return to hybrid in-person learning this week. The return will be phased in over several days, starting with freshman orientation. Students will be assigned to one of two hybrid learning groups. The move completes the weeks-long process of bringing back all the Vashon Island School District students to at least some classroom learning.  https://www.vashonsd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=13   

Vashon Senior Center Virtual Talk presents: “Are We Prepared Yet?”  Presenter Vicky de Monterey Richoux, President of VashonBePrepared, will give an interactive presentation about easy steps to take to increase our preparedness for any kind of adverse incident in our homes, our neighborhoods, and beyond. People who attend preparedness talks are often surprised to learn how resilient they already are.  Bring your ideas as well as your questions.  The Zoom talk is Friday, April 16 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.  Zoom Meeting ID: 925 3699 0595  

Free Home Fire Safety Sessions: The Red Cross wants to teach you how to prevent a home fire and stay safe if one does occur, and you can get the help virtually. Home fires claim seven lives every day in the United States, but you can help change that. At the link below you can learn about home fire safety topics including the most common causes of home fires, the importance of creating an escape plan, how to test your smoke alarms, and how to prepare for an earthquake or wildfire. And, you can schedule a free one-on-one call with one of our virtual Home Fire Campaign safety team members. You will be offered a free smoke alarm installation once it is safe to do so. Visit www.redcross.org/nwhomefire or call 833-918-1531 to request a virtual home fire safety appointment.

Pfizer/BioNTech has requested amendments to the US FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to expand its use to adolescents ages 12 to 15 years. The current approval authorizes the vaccine’s use among people ages 16 and older. The request is based on data from a Phase 3 clinical trial among adolescents ages 12 to 15 with or without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, which demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody responses after vaccination. The trial data are not yet published, but the companies plan to submit the results for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky predicted the vaccine could be authorized for the younger age group by mid-May. 
 
Progress on Community Support Operations:

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): Four operational priorities -- health, food security, housing security and economic recovery -- were put in place for Vashon's pandemic emergency response shortly after our activation nearly 57 weeks ago. The four priorities were established by the Incident Commander Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert, and approved by the VashonBePrepared Board.

EOC/MRC: The vaccination team scrambled this morning to adjust to an unexpected CDC recommendation that put the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on hold. The announcement came out just four hours before the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through vaccination site morning shift was scheduled to arrive for duty. Command, Operations, Public Information, and Medical Reserve Corps staff met within a few hours, made an action plan, and put it into effect. As a result, vaccinations went ahead as scheduled today with a substitute vaccine, as described earlier in this report.

Support for Unemployed: An estimated $48 million has come to islanders who received unemployment boosts and stimulus checks. The Chamber of Commerce Ask the Expert consultant has so far done 1,500 telephone consultations. Although it is challenging to be precise, an estimated 35% of the unemployment benefits and 10% of the stimulus payments resulted from the Ask the Expert support, which translates to a total of $10.8 million to the island. If you need unemployment assistance, call or text Deborah Diamond, (206) 200-3236, to set up an appointment.

Volunteers: A total of 36 volunteers contributed 358 hours of work to VashonBePrepared's pandemic emergency response last week. That brings the total contributed hours to almost 27,500 since the activation began. At the FEMA reimbursement grant rate of $31.72/hour, VashonBePrepared volunteers have logged about $872,000 of in-kind value available to be applied to the 25% match requirement for reimbursement grants. VashonBePrepared gives thanks as well for the many hours of extra work logged during the pandemic in support of the Vashon community, by the staff and volunteers at local social services agencies.

 

Items from Previous Situation Reports:

PDF Archive of items from February here (previous months available to the right)
See Food and Housing security items below Previous Developments

Previous Developments:

Vashon Library will be opening to the public on Friday, April 9th with limited capacity (20 people at a time).  The in-building service will initially be limited to Fridays and Saturdays for alternating one-hour time slots.  The library will continue to offer curbside service on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  For more information and hours visit kcls.org.    (4/6/21)

Public Health-Seattle & King County has updated their Frequently Asked Questions webpage about COVID-19 vaccine.  The site answers questions on vaccine safety, how the vaccines work, availability, and what to expect when receiving the vaccine.  Information is available in many languages.  Visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/FAQ.aspx    (4/6/21)

Go behind the scenes of the Vashon emergency response to the pandemic by streaming The Vashon Model: A Community-based Response to COVID, on Thursday April 8 at 7pm.  Well-known island writer and radio personality Susan McCabe will moderate the discussion between doctors James Bristow, Ina Opplinger, Clayton Olney, and Jinna Risdal from the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps, all of whom are key players in Vashon’s nationally-recognized response to the COVID pandemic.  To register for the free Zoom event, go to http://bit.ly/liveswelllived(4/6/21)

Seattle area residents are among the most likely to get vaccinated based on a national survey by the US Census Bureau.  A nationwide survey conducted in early March asked people whether they would get vaccinated.  Seattle had the highest intention to vaccinate of any city at 73%, a jump of 5 points since a previous poll in January.  The Puget Sound metro area also had a higher intention to get vaccinated than other metro areas in the survey.  https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattle-metro-jumps-to-no-1-for-willingness-to-get-covid-vaccine/(4/6/21)

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order until May 2, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.  The order continues coverage for providing telehealth; coverage of all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible; and for insurers to treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visits with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.  https://www.insurance.wa.gov/news/kreidler-extends-emergency-order-telehealth-may-2   (4/6/21)

Children may be susceptible to contracting COVID-19 from the more contagious variant B.1.1.7 first detected in the U.K.  “It infects kids very readily. Unlike the previous strains of the virus, [where] we didn’t see children under eighth grade get infected often,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Danielle Zerr, the division chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease Research at Seattle Children’s said if the B.1.1.7 variant is found to be spreading in children, vaccinating them will be an important part of reaching herd immunity.  She said, “I think we really need to wait to see the data, really analyze the evidence on that as to whether or not kids are truly going to experience more severe illness with the U.K. variant.” Implementing safety measures is the key to keeping children safe — social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands.  https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/concerns-rise-more-children-contract-covid-19-variant/AX2TINK2JRDCZKYYVUQIL6XERQ/   (4/6/21)

Pfizer-BioNTech announced findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine among adolescents ages 12-15 with or without evidence of previous infection.  No symptomatic COVID-19 cases were identified in the vaccinated group of more than 1,300 kids. Eighteen symptomatic COVID-19 cases were identified in the placebo group of 1,129 children. Those figures translate to 100% vaccine efficacy among vaccinated participants.  Vaccinated participants demonstrated strong immune response one month after their second dose, and the vaccine was well-tolerated.  Both immune response and side effects were consistent with results seen in previous trials among participants 16 to 25 years of age.  Pfizer-BioNTech plans to submit amendments to the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency for use of the vaccine among individuals 12 and older under the current US Emergency.  https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-biontech-announce-positive-topline-results-pivotal    (4/6/21)

End-of-Day Waitlist/Cancellation: Vashon Pharmacy has added two features to its vaccination signup page. At the beginning of each day, up to twelve people can put their names in to be called if any vaccine doses are left at the end of the day.  This morning the waitlist filled in 15 minutes.  The waitlist of eligible persons is reset to zero each day.  In addition, there's now an appointment cancellation feature that will help reduce the number of no-shows.  Both features are available at the appointment signup website: www.VashonPharmacy.com/COVID

Vax Access: The outreach to Spanish speaking residents of Vashon has so far helped more than 60 people book vaccination appointments.  The Vax Access program helps promote access equity for people experiencing significant barriers to vaccination, such as physical challenges, lack of computer, and lack of English language skills.  Work also continues on providing mobile vaccinations to homebound residents.

“Disease transmission is increasing and we are seeing concerning signs.” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Health.  “Case counts are showing increases in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County.”  Shah said health officials believe people could be letting up on the measures known to prevent transmission, such as masking and distancing.  “We are not out of the pandemic until we’re out of the pandemic, meaning: Don’t let your guard down,” Shah said.  And coronavirus variants of concern — which could spread more easily, cause more harm, or more readily escape treatment or immunity by vaccination — now make up a majority of most recent cases to receive genomic sequencing by Washington laboratories.  Scientists believe two variants, named B.1.429 and B.1.427, are roughly 20% more transmissible. They may be resistant to some types of treatments, and could cause some reduction in vaccine performance.  The B.1.1.7 variant, which scientists believe is about 50% more transmissible and could cause more severe COVID-19 symptoms, is also spreading, according to state data.  https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/data-tables/420-316-SequencingAndVariantsReport.pdf    (4/2/21)

State health leaders are pleading for people to stay home for spring break.  COVID-19 cases are climbing, and this is not the time for Washingtonians to let down their guard.  “Don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, acting state health officer.  He said to stay home even if you are fully vaccinated.  “I know that’s a hard message to send to folks who want to go on spring break. But truly, we are seeing cases in vaccinated people that are breakthrough, that have done just that, people who traveled to spring break, etc.”  The state is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which state you should get tested for COVID-19 before you fly and when you get back. They want travelers to self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if their test is negative.  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/spring-break-travel   (4/2/21)

"We are getting closer to knocking out the pandemic, but we are not there yet, and there are very concerning warning signs that we could be headed for a fourth major spike in infection.  Our community has the lowest infection rate in King County, but all around us the numbers are rising" said Dr. Jim Bristow, Co-Coordinator of Vashon Medical Reserve Corps and leader of the island's COVID-19 testing effort.  "For some weeks at the test site, a big percentage of our patients have been requesting testing so they can travel. It's easy to understand why, after more than a year of pandemic.  Unfortunately, the number one source of infections for the past year has been people traveling off island and bringing the infection home with them.  If we can hold out for another couple of months, many more people will be protected by vaccination and it will be much safer," he continued.  His advice: stay home a bit longer, mask, distance, and wash hands to keep our community safe.  (4/2/21)

Mask-wearing is essential in preventing the spread of COVID, said King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin.  Adding “COVID-19 spreads through the air, and the risk is highest in crowded and indoor spaces with poor ventilation.”  New data from King County from November to February found that 89% of county residents were following the state mandate and wearing a mask that covered their nose and mouth.  One goal of the study was to identify any areas of lower mask usage to tailor messaging to those communities.  Masking was highest in grocery stores and hardware stores (94-97%) and lower for people entering convenience stores and at transit centers (76-84%). Children were less likely than other age groups to be wearing masks. “Wearing a well-made and snug-fitting mask is one of our best tools against COVID-19.” Said Duchin.  https://publichealthinsider.com/2021/02/09/its-a-good-time-to-improve-our-masks-and-how-we-wear-them-as-more-contagious-covid-19-variants-emerge/    (4/2/21)

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive one in Washington state, starting on April 15.  The state’s phased eligibility approach was designed to ensure the most vulnerable people got vaccinated first, including older adults, those in long term care facilities, critical healthcare workers, and more.  The expansion of eligibility comes, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the state, and a forecast of increased vaccine allocations by the federal government.  Currently, Pfizer-BioNTech is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for people 16 years of age and older.  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people 18 and older.  Those age 16 or 17 may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated.  https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-vaccine-eligibility-expansion-all-adults-april-15    (4/2/21)

CDC has updated its travel recommendations for vaccinated travelers.  International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.  CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.  Even after you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, you should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely, and get tested 3-5 days after travel.  Vaccinated travelers do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it, and you do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.  Full recommendation at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html    (4/2/21)

The Washington Department of Health has updated some of its Phase 3 business guidance.  These updates include farm and agricultural workers, long-term care facilities, food workers and establishments (including outdoor farmer’s markets), and homeless shelters.  For the full updates visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/ResourcesandRecommendations#business    (4/2/21)

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating reports of people in the state who tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated. Scientists call these “vaccine breakthrough” cases, which are expected with any vaccine.  “It is important to remember that every vaccine on the market right now prevents severe disease and death in most cases,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Health.  “People should still get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and encourage friends, loved ones, and co-workers to do the same.  Finding evidence of vaccine breakthrough cases reminds us that, even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others who have not been vaccinated,” said Secretary Shah.  https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2720/Cases-of-COVID-19-vaccine-breakthrough-confirmed-in-Washington-state (4/2/21)

Cassie Sauer, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, says it’s important to protect those most at-risk, but that it’s also tough to ignore that rises in case counts can be traced back to younger populations not yet eligible for the vaccine.  “The states that are seeing an uptick are seeing transmission fueled by people in that 25, 30, 35 age range — they’re not eligible but they’re spreading it,” she said.  https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/washington-hospital-leaders-not-opening-up-vaccine-eligibility-could-be-fueling-rise-cases/MO5U63LNZBDLLNNJC3QHAS2NS4/    (4/2/21)

Lives Well Lived, a new series by Vashon Heritage Museum (VHM) and Vashon Community Care (VCC), will host a talk entitled The Vashon Model: A Community-based Response to COVID, on Thursday April 8 at 7pm.  Well-known island writer and radio personality Susan McCabe will moderate the discussion between doctors James Bristow, Ina Opplinger, Clayton Olney, and Jinna Risdal from Vashon Medical Reserve Corps, all of whom are key players in Vashon’s nationally-recognized response to the COVID pandemic.  To register for the free Zoom event, go to http://bit.ly/liveswelllived (4/2/21)

Vashon Hwy SW CLOSED at Judd Creek Bridge (South of SW Quartermaster Drive) - April 5 until April 28.  Starting as soon as 8 a.m. on Monday, April 5 through 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, both directions of Vashon Highway SW at Judd Creek between SW 227th Street and SW 225th Street (just south of SW Quartermaster Dr.) will be fully closed around the clock for Judd Creek Bridge repairs.  Local access to homes and businesses north and south of the Judd Creek Bridge will be maintained throughout construction.  A signed detour will direct through traffic off of Vashon Highway SW between SW Burton Drive and SW 204th Street. View the detour and get more information on the project website: http://Kingcounty.gov/JuddCreekBridge    (4/2/21)

Special enrollment period for health insurance has again been extended through August 15 for people who are uninsured.  Anyone who doesn’t have health insurance can buy a plan directly from an insurer or through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.  If you buy a plan through the Exchange, you may qualify for federal help paying your premium; additional funding is now available to subsidize health coverage, even eliminating premium payments for some.  https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/     (4/2/21)

If you lost your health insurance or had a reduction in income you may now qualify for the free Apple Health Insurance.  Public Health - Seattle & King County is offering to assist people signing up for health insurance plans, including Apple Health, as well as SNAP (food stamps) and Orca Lift transit cards. Contact Miguel Urquiza directly at 206-491-3761 (cell) or 206-477-6965 or email  miguel.urquiza@kingcounty.gov.  Miguel speaks Spanish and helps Vashon residents access health-related resources..   (4/2/21)

Washington State DOH has released a report of COVID-19 outbreaks in Washington state K-12 schools.  The report covers the period between Aug. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, where 134 COVID-19 outbreaks and 526 COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools were reported to DOH. For the full report visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/data-tables/420-312-K12SchoolsOutbreakReport.pdf (4/2/21)

Casa Bonita restaurant has closed for two weeks as a voluntary COVID safety measure and the staff are in voluntary quarantine and being tested. Two staff at the restaurant tested positive earlier this week. The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the owner of the restaurant issued an appeal for members of the public who may have been exposed to call the MRC phone line to be screened for possible testing. Please only call if you were served inside the restaurant on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, March 25 through 27. You need not call if you were ordering or picking up to go orders unless you spent more than 15 minutes in the restaurant. The MRC number is: (844) 469-4554. So far, a total of 32 Vashon residents have been tested and only the two original cases have tested positive.   (4/2/21)

Situation Reports

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