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Vashon Infection Rate Worst Since Pandemic Began

Jan 2

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COVID-19 Update from Vashon Emergency Operations Center & VashonBePrepared


In the past week, Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) recorded 60 new COVID-19 cases (out of 258 tests performed). Five additional positives came from testing Vashon High School (VHS) boys' varsity basketball team members. Those results put the count at over 65 cases for this week by the MRC (not including any tests received by Vashon residents at other testing facilities).

In a single week:

  • Vashon logged over 20% of all its cases recorded since the start of the pandemic, 94 weeks ago.
  • Spiked to a case rate six times the CDC threshold for "high transmission."
  • Reached a positive test rate twice that of Vashon's previous high rate in November 2020.
  • Lost its status as the safest community in Puget Sound, from a spike equal to the case rate on the mainland.

Testing at Vashon High School

Vashon Island School District (VISD) has announced a 2.5 hour late start on Monday, January 3, to allow time to test students, staff members, and school-age children from 7:30am to 9:30am at the Vashon High School gym. All testing is free and funded by the Learn to Return program. New cases are occurring at the same rate in school-age children as in the general population. MRC will help VISD with both rapid antigen testing and PCR testing on Monday. The all-out effort is aimed at testing as many students, faculty and staff as possible, with the hope of slowing community spread.

Community Testing

Testing for Vashon adults unaffiliated with VISD is available from Vashon MRC and Vashon Pharmacy. Anyone who has symptoms or was exposed to a positive case should get tested. Call Vashon MRC’s Helpline at (844) 469-4554 for advice and to schedule an appointment.

Follow the link below to Vashon Pharmacy’s test appointment form if you need a test for a medical procedure or travel. https://tinyurl.com/vashoncovidtest

Vashon Pharmacy now has a supervised rapid PCR test available, as well as over-the-counter rapid antigen tests to take home. These new services are not covered by insurance as yet, and will require payment of a fee.

You Can Help Flatten the Spike

    Vashon Medical Reserve Corps continues to encourage people to take preventative actions:
  • GET VACCINATED- it is the best protection against getting severely ill or dying.
  • GET TESTED FOR ANY SYMPTOMS- you don't have to be very sick to spread COVID
  • QUARANTINE IF EXPOSED- you may get sick up to 10 days after an exposure, and infect others before symptoms appear
  • AVOID GATHERINGS OUTSIDE OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY- most recent cases can be traced to large family gatherings

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Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
No on ventilators. They require a paramedic to insert the tubes and at that point should be off island in a proper care facility. Low flow oxygen is easily available, but those needing it only for COVID should also be in a proper care facility.
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
The large national company, Lab Corp, announced that they can do testing as of last Friday. I believe they are used by both clinics on the island. Local clinicians just do a nasal swab as I understand it and then send those in for testing. The test kits reside at the laboratory.

In addition other test facilities exist, but are unlikely to be used directly by island providers. Contact their websites and offices before you go in with any respiratory issues. Their information is likely to change frequently until more is known about the virus.

I don't know about ventilators, but will ask. Thanks for your comment!
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
Will Vashon be getting testing kits soon in the hands of all doctors and first responders on island? Can the Gates Foundation help in this regard? Can we get the Neighborcare Clinic better prepared in this regard?

How many ventilators are on island? This is where critical shortages seem imminent.

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