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 8/10/20:

  •         1,480 COVID-19 tests reported, 89 additional tests since last Situation Report on Friday
  •         12 positive tests returned, however 1 patient was negative on retesting
  •         11 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Friday
  •          Date of last positive test: August 2 
  •          1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
  •          0 Vashon deaths

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 8/10/20:

  •          16,749 confirmed positive cases, 611 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  •          676 deaths, 13 new since last Situation Report on Friday

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

  •          63,072 confirmed positive cases, 2,155 new since last Situation Report on Friday
  •          1,688 deaths, 35 new since last Situation Report on Friday

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:

      Pandemic modeling experts at the University of Washington say that Americans are moving around too much, making it hard to control the spread of COVID-19.  “That’s not good”, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which issues regular forecasts about the coronavirus pandemic.  “If you look at the mobility data collected from cell phones in many parts of the country, we're almost back to pre-COVID levels of mobility, so we're just not being as cautious as other people are in other countries,” Murray said in a CNN interview.  The models predict that movement increases virus transmission.  The latest IHME model projects nearly 300,000 deaths in the US from COVID-19 by December 1.  The model also calculated that if 95% of the people in the US wore masks, that number could decrease to 228,271 deaths, saving more than 66,000 lives.  “Our view about this is that there should be a universal mask mandate in the US, which should come with some penalty if you’re caught without a mask, because we know penalties actually increase mask-wearing even more than just a mandate,” Murray said. 


New Developments since Last Report: 

Tonight, Vashon Island School District will hold a Reopening Schools Family Q&A via Zoom from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.The Zoom program will be recorded and shared afterward for those who are unable to attend.To attend go to https://zoom.us/j/95407814012.

Gov. Inslee has provided $18 million to fill service gaps in broadband internet service in underserved communities.The first step is to assess variations in broadband access and internet speeds.The state’s Department of Commerce asks residents to take a one-minute survey at
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-statewide-broadband-act

Mental health resources
are available to help. Vashon Youth and Family Services encourages folks of all ages to call for counseling if needed, at 206-463-5511. They offer counseling via phone, Zoom, or outdoors with social distancing. A VashonBePrepared volunteer unit also offers a mental health resource. It's the Medical Reserve Corps Community Care Team Help Line at 206-701-0694. The Help Line is staffed from 8:00am to 8:00pm every day, for referrals to spiritual support as well as mental health counseling.

King County Metro
reminds all riders that wearing a face covering is required while waiting for or riding any transit service.Metro fares remain suspended through August, but most of Metro’s regional transit partners have reinstated fares.Service reductions are still in place on many routes, to check schedules visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps/reduced-schedule.aspx

Seattle Department of Transportation
has completed the Reconnect Survey regarding the closure of the West Seattle High Bridge and posted the results on their blog.The survey examined resident’s concerns, transportation needs, and openness to alternative forms of transportation.In blog post, SDOT also discusses West Seattle Low Bridge use policies and the cost-benefit analysis of High Bridge repairs. https://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2020/08/06/west-seattle-community-task-force

Updated Phase 2 indoor fitness guidance
became effective today, August 10th.The updates require an increased area for exercise patrons to 300-square-feet, which requires distancing of just over 17 feet of space. The indoor fitness facility guidance closes showers, hot-tubs, saunas, steam rooms, tanning beds, squash courts, and racquetball courts. Locker room use will be limited to hand washing and restrooms only, or as required for use of the pool authorized under state Department of Health guidelines.Full guidance at https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase2FitnessGuidelines.pdf

Safe Start guidance for Weddings and Funerals
also went into effective today August 10th.These ceremonies now have an indoor capacity limited to 20-percent or 30 people, whichever is less.Six feet of social distancing must be maintained between households.Outdoor ceremonies are limited to 30 people with similar social distancing guidelines.All receptions are prohibited. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Weddings%20and%20Funerals%20Memo.pdf

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Progress on Community Support Operations

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is day 152 (21 weeks, 5 days) since EOC activation on March 12. Currently activated at Maintenance & Monitoring level.

Volunteers: VashonBePrepared volunteers contributed 317 hours of work to the pandemic emergency response last week. That brings the total to 13,458 hours since activation. FEMA values a volunteer hour at $31.72. On that basis, volunteers from the Vashon EOC Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Community Care Team (CCT) have contributed $426,882 to Vashon's response to the pandemic emergency.  Local jurisdictions must cover 25% of costs in order to receive the maximum 75% FEMA reimbursement of a disaster relief grant application. The volunteer hours count as in-kind contributions and thus will more than cover the 25% requirement considering expenses logged to date.

School Reopening: A briefing and feasibility topics agenda has been completed for a meeting later this week regarding the possibilities of expanding Chautauqua Elementary School classrooms to the outdoors using tents or similar structures. An EOC logistics and planning group will use the document as a guide for a meeting with half a dozen Vashon Island School District managers and staff on Wednesday. The session is aimed at selecting which options go to the next round of planning, including such factors as costs and ability of the outdoor structures to meet some initial requirements proposed by the school principal.

Community Engagement/Community Care Team:  A strategic communications plan is about 80% complete for the suicide prevention and mental wellness campaign that will launch in September, timed with Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th. Team leads and spokespeople are being recruited.

Vashon COVID Relief Fund: EOC staff continue to monitor the situation in Washington, D.C. regarding a potential new relief package. The practical effect of the President's actions over the weekend is not yet clear and the eventual outcome of Congressional negotiations will be important factors in deciding how to prioritize spending from the Relief Fund. The EOC Team has been working with social service partners to get a feel for community needs for the remainder of August and into September.

Medical Reserve Corps: A protocol has been established for how the MRC COVID-19 testing project will work with the Emergency Operations Center when tests come back positive. The protocol sets top priority on the protection of patient privacy as required by federal law. Under some circumstances, for example if there is significant public exposure, patients may be asked to approve public communications to help the EOC with public communications for community public health and safety purposes -- but still putting priority on protecting patient identity.

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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:

History shows that, following any disaster, our most vulnerable neighbors...

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