Summary for June 5, 2020

In this section we are providing a 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.

Current Virus Statistics:

Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/4/20:

·       463 COVID-19 tests reported

·       4 confirmed positive cases, 0 change since last Situation Report yesterday

·       Date of last positive test: April 13

·       1 person had been hospitalized

·       0 Vashon deaths

NOTE: Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) today restored a past practice of reporting number of tests and hospitalizations at the zip code level.

King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/4/20:

·       8,333 confirmed positive cases, 56 new since last Situation Report yesterday

·       564 deaths, 2 new since last Situation Report yesterday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 6/3/20:

·       22,729 confirmed positive cases, 245 new since last Situation Report yesterday

·       1138 deaths, 3 new since last Situation Report yesterday

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:

·       Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds residents that testing is a key component to stopping the spread of COVID-19 virus.  If you feel sick or have any of these symptoms you should get tested; fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.  For more on testing visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/testing.asp.

·       On Vashon, anyone living or working on island is eligible for free testing thorough the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps program. To determine if a test is appropriate, call (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm.  If you do not have a healthcare provider or insurance, testing is still available for free.  VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.  

New Developments since Last Report:

·      Washington State Department of Health accepted King County’s plan to allow for limited openings of recreational, social and business activities in a modified Phase 1 (Phase 1.5) of the Safe Start reopening plan.  Nearly all approved types of activities that are allowed subject to Phase 2 restrictions are allowed in Phase 1.5, just at lower capacities and in some cases with a 30-minute time limit.  Safe Start health and safety guidance still applies to all activities.  Health and safety guidance includes wearing face coverings in public spaces both indoors and outdoors when 6 feet social distancing cannot be maintained.  Guidance also requires washing or sanitizing hands frequently and getting tested if you feel sick.  Allowed Phase 1.5 activities (with safety limitations) include the following.

o   Restaurants can offer indoor dining at 25% of capacity and outdoor dining at 50% capacity;

o   In-store retail can operate at 15% capacity;

o   Personal Services (such as barbers, salons and tattoo studios) at 25% capacity;

o   Professional services (such as accountants and attorneys) can return to their offices at 25% capacity;

o   Fitness studios can only offer one-on-one services indoors;

o   Real Estate offices can operate at 15% capacity and 30 minute limit on indoor services;

o   Pet grooming can operate with occupancy below 25%

o   In-home/domestic services such as house cleaning permitted with safety restrictions.

·      All sector guidance links and Phase 1.5 limitations can be found at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/safe-start.aspx  

·      Phase 1.5 enforcement: Washington businesses that open or operate in direct violation of Gov. Inslee's order may be cited and fined for unsafe workplace conditions under emergency rules filed by the state Department of Labor & Industries. Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the State Department of Labor and Industries Call Center: 1-800-423-7233.  

·      Public Health – Seattle & King County has updated the COVID_19 Outbreak Summary Dashboard.  The new dashboard includes more information on trends over time, demographics, and data by location.  Where these new data are available for Vashon, they will be reported in the Current Virus Statistics in the Situation Report.  

·      The EOC Unemployed Worker Branch reports 18 additional islanders filed unemployment applications in the past week according to the state Employment Security Department (ESD). That is a much smaller number than in recent weeks. It brings the total of Vashon unemployed to 1,363, over one-fourth of the island’s work force seeking unemployment aid. Many who have filed for unemployment benefits are still waiting to actually receive funds due to the slowdown in order to investigate the fraudulent claims, many of them filed by a Nigerian crime ring. To access free assistance for obtaining unemployment benefits, email deborah@vashonbeprepared.org or call (206) 200-3236.     

Progress on Community Support Operations:

·      Emergency Operations Center (EOC): This is Day 86 since EOC activation on March 12.

·      EOC Long Range Planning: A five member team has built a decision framework for long range planning as the EOC makes adjustments to serve the evolving emergency management environment. Generally, it is expected that the emergency response organization will need to adapt and increase focus on the growing social and economic impacts of the pandemic while monitoring for a possible spike in disease as Phase 2 and Phase 3 reopening unfold. This afternoon's All Hands Briefing will seek long range planning input from all activated volunteers able to attend.

·      Business Support Branch: Now that the modified Phase 1 (Phase 1.5) plan has been approved, the Branch will be working with the Chamber and island businesses to take advantage of the reduced restrictions as part of the island's economic recovery effort.  So far, 70 people have attended one of the back to business workshops to help businesses plan for a safe return to work. Attendees do not need to be a Chamber member to attend one of the free workshops. All attendees receive a starter toolkit of masks, sanitizer, signage and other elements to help them open their doors again. Sign up at a workshop by going to the Vashon Chamber of Commerce website: https://www.vashonchamber.com/re-opening-round-tables/

·      Unemployed Worker Support Branch: Obtained the latest unemployment application stats. To date, the Branch has provided over 370 counseling sessions to assist those needing to receive unemployment benefits.

·      Households and Neighborhoods Support Branch:  Work continues to refine the next disbursement from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund for social service agency partners including Senior Center, IFCH, Food Bank, School District, DOVE and the Chamber of Commerce.

·      Medical Support Branch: MRC has completed its first full week of operation at the new testing site located at the O Space. The operation has been going well. A total of more than 70 patients have been tested since the operation began, originally at Mukai.

Situation Reports

The Situational Awareness team of the Vashon Emergency Operations Center is tasked with monitoring the COVID-19 event and reporting relevant information and updates to the VashonBePrepared teams and public.

Below you'll find links to PDF's of the full Vashon Situation Reports.

To the left we have posted the first three sections which contain the latest report updates.

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