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.
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/29/20:
· 4 confirmed positive cases, 0 change since last Situation Report yesterday
· Date of last positive test: April 13
· 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/29/20:
· 8,006 confirmed positive cases, 29 new since last Situation Report yesterday
· 554 deaths, 2 new since last Situation Report yesterday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/27/20:
· 20,764 confirmed positive cases, 358 new since last Situation Report yesterday
· 1106 deaths, 11 new since last Situation Report yesterday
Health Tip of the Day:
King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in public settings. Masks should be utilized when in public spaces (indoor or outdoor) and in situations where you may be within 6 feet of someone not from your household. Cloth face masks are strongly urged in places such as retail stores, food and beverage stores, restaurant take-out and food businesses, and all forms of public transportation. The full mask directive is at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/masks.aspx
New Developments since Last Report:
- Following up on the Governor's news conference, County Executive Dow Constantine announced that King County will be applying for some of the modified Phase 1 steps that would be possible if approved. While the county key indicators are not to the level to fully move to Phase 2, the County Executive plans to ask authorization to allow restaurants to open with limited outside seating, permission to reopen personal services such as barbers and hair stylists, and some additional construction activity. King County officials are still studying the Governor's announcements and more details will be available when that study has been completed and application has been made to the State for what's being called Phase 1.5. The County Executive also pointed to a major emphasis going forward on testing, isolating if positive and tracing.
- Governor Inslee today announced that his Stay Home, Stay Safe order will end as scheduled on Sunday, May 31, at midnight. That is not the same as moving to Phase 2. At this time, King County remains in Phase 1.
- The metrics to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 have been relaxed somewhat. For example, the number of new cases per day per 100,000 population has been pegged at 25 new cases per day, an increase from the previous metric of 10 new cases. The Governor also listed other metrics for Phase 2 reopening that include:
- 1. Availability of empty hospital beds ready to care for new infections.
- 2. Testing capacity and speed of turnaround of results to facilitate effective contact tracing
- 3. Capacity for rapid contact tracing to limit spread of infections
- 4. Number of outbreaks or clusters of infections per week.
- Under the Governor's new guidelines, counties will be able to request that certain activities be allowed even though the county is still at Phase 1. For example, barbers and salons might be allowed to reopen if a county request was approved.
- Facial coverings are getting new emphasis under the latest directive. Starting June 8, workers will be required to wear facial coverings on the job unless they work alone and employers will be required to provide all required equipment. Signage will be posted at stores and other locations urging visitors to wear facial coverings.
- Vashon Medical Reserve Corps COVID-19 Testing program is moving. Over the weekend the site used for testing will move to the O Space west parking lot. Testing will resume Monday afternoon, 3 to 4 pm, from the new O Space location. If you need an appointment call (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm, testing is still available for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.
- Seattle and King County recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Testing as soon as possible after symptoms appear is important to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community. It is important to isolate yourself as soon as you develop symptoms, even before you are tested, because if you have COVID-19, you are already contagious. For more information about testing and isolation visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/testing.aspx. The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps is providing testing on Vashon Island. It has arranged for tele-screening by a healthcare provider to determine if a test is appropriate, by calling (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm. Testing is available to anyone living or working on island. If you do not have a healthcare provider or insurance, testing is still available for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.
- Vashon Community Care has partnered with Vashon Medical Reserve Corps and VashonBePrepared on COVID-19 testing for VCC staff and residents. The testing during the next month is required under new guidelines for care facilities issued by the Governor in a news conference yesterday afternoon. Many details are now being worked out, taking into account such issues as testing location, which likely will be at least partly done at VCC remotely from the MRC testing site. Testing cost for patients not covered through other means will be taken care of by VashonBePrepared.
- Thursday night the West Seattle Transportation Coalition held a zoom meeting with representatives from Washington State Ferries, King County and the City of Seattle. The meeting was to discuss ferry service on the triangle route as it pertains to the West Seattle Bridge closure and planning on what WSF can do to help with the ongoing pressure on W. Seattle roads. Questions involved whether or not car ferry service could go from Vashon/Southworth to the Colman dock in downtown. WSF indicates that option doesn’t look viable due to lack of ferries and only 2 of the 3 docks at Colman being available due to construction. Discussion also involved the possibility of more passenger ferry runs to downtown from Vashon/Southworth/W. Seattle but no definitive conclusions were reached at the meeting. The planned 2024 Fauntleroy dock replacement was also covered with transportation agencies indicating that public discussion will be critical in reaching a plan for that replacement
- During these difficult times, many people are finding it difficult if not impossible to pay their mortgage. WA State has a web page addressing mortgage assistance for people facing hardship due to the coronavirus. If you are having trouble paying your mortgage, you can possibly request a 6 to 12 month extension of your mortgage. This is part of the federally sponsored C.A.R.E.S Act and many people qualify but you must call your lender now. For more information and to see if you qualify visit https://dfi.wa.gov/homeownership/covid-19-mortgage-assistance-washington-residents.
- First Half Property Taxes due Monday June 1st. If you took advantage of the property tax extension remember that the taxes are now due no later than June 1st. Visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/28c2c8b
Progress on Community Support Operations:
- EOC Operations: This is Day 79 since EOC activation on March 12. We are currently in Phase 1 of the Governor's four-phase re-opening strategy.
- VashonBePrepared: An Emergency Operations Center budget for emergency response spending for the next two week period was presented to VashonBePrepared's Executive Committee today. The approved budget includes over $28,000 for Disbursement #4 from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund. Disbursement #4 covers two weeks of spending for goods and services being provided by island social service and economic recovery agencies. Since activation, VashonBePrepared has spent over $95,000, not including $50,000 set aside as a reserve to ensure sustained operation of the MRC COVID-19 testing program.
- Medical Support Branch: The COVID-19 testing team has been working with Vashon Community Care to help meet VCC's staff and patient needs as required by the Governor's order yesterday. The team will move the testing location over the weekend and reopen at O Space on Monday afternoon.
- Business Support Branch: The Branch will be responding to support businesses based on the Governor's news conference this afternoon on the Stay Home order and the follow up news conference by the County Executive. Research conducted over the last two days at the request of several island businesses has not revealed any process for allowing Phase 2 transition at a zip code level, meaning Vashon's low infection rate will continue to be lumped with the rest of King County for purposes of Phase 2 evaluation. Additional back to business workshops took place today and will continue over the weekend. Workshop signups at: https://www.vashonchamber.com/re-opening-round-tables/