- 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 9/18/20:
- 1,809 Total persons tested, 27 persons tested since last Situation Report on Wednesday
- 19 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Wednesday
- Date of last positive test: September 4
- 1 person had been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: April 10
- 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/18/20:
- 21,304 confirmed positive cases, 146 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
- 748 deaths, 0 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 9/16/20:
- 81,198 confirmed positive cases, 386 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
- 2,031 deaths, 11 new since last Situation Report on Wednesday
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.
Public Health experts urge you take action by getting a flu vaccination this season. It is particularly important this year. Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC ) say the organization is worried about the annual flu outbreak compounding COVID-19 during this fall and winter’s “respiratory virus” season. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for PHSKC, explains that flu shots will reduce your risk for becoming ill and for needing medical attention. Preventing flu also helps ensure hospitals and medical resources are available for COVID-19 patients and others who need them. Getting vaccinated for the flu helps protect our household members and others in the community – especially older adults, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems. https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/09/14/why-flu-vaccine-is-more-important-during-covid-19
Vashon Pharmacy offers a full-line vaccination services, include the yearly flu vaccine. No prescription is required. Check with a Vashon Pharmacy pharmacist to see what vaccines and insurance coverages you qualify for, at 206-463-9118. Vaccine paperwork can be completed in advance online at https://hipaa.jotform.com/202391100977048. Flu vaccinations also will be available through your medical provider.
New Developments since Last Report:
The state's application for the Lost Wages Assistance program has been approved for a total of 6 weeks, between Aug 1 and Sept 5. Employment Security Department will start processing payments of $300 to eligible claimants for this new program on Monday, Sept. 21. Payments will be retroactive for all weeks for which the claimant was eligible, and for which funding is available from the federal government. Upon the processing date, eligible claimants will receive the funds as soon as their bank processes the payment. Visit: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/lwa
If you need help filing for unemployment, the Chamber of Commerce Ask the Expert person will consult with you on how to proceed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 200-3236.
A Safe Start update will now allow Wedding and Funeral receptions to resume, as long as they meet specific requirements. Receptions and ceremonies must be capped at 30 people, or 25% of venue occupancy, whichever is less. In addition, all tables at the reception must be seated by household, with table sizes capped at 5 people. Requirements for facial coverings, and social distancing must be maintained. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Phase%202%20and%20Phase%203%20Wedding%20and%20Funeral%20Guidance.pdf
Real Estate guidance has been amended to expand viewings, inspections, and other common activities. The number of people permitted at in-person real estate activities has expanded from three to five. This allows families and other parties to conduct walk-throughs, viewings, appraisals, and inspections. Physical distancing and cloth face coverings remain required precautions. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase2RealEstateGuidelines.pdf
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has been working on a COVID-19 vaccination plan, in order to be ready for whenever the vaccine becomes available. The plan is being developed is based on the CDC prioritization playbook. Because there won’t be a lot of vaccine available in the first round, the state will work on further prioritization. Some likely possibilities for the first priority groups to receive vaccine are: essential workers, health care workers and residents and workers at long-term care facilities. The DOH says that all possible vaccine candidates are in various stages of testing in humans to ensure they are both safe and effective and that the Department will be closely monitoring the FDA approval process to make sure it is thorough and transparent. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2380/COVID-19-vaccine-update-Prioritization-and-pilot-project-plans
Two free classes are being offered to help parents detect and deal with substance abuse by their children. Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse (VARSA) points out that dealing with COVID-19 for the past 6 months has been stressful for adults, teens and children alike. Parents need to be aware of the signs that their children, or the friends of their children, are suffering from depression or using drugs or alcohol to cope. One of the most effective ways to reduce and prevent underage substance use is to educate parents of teens. VARSA is offering two parent education webinars: (Registration is required, use the links below)
Progress on Community Support Operations
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The current activation passed the six months mark this past week. It has been 191 days (27 weeks, 2 days) since our EOC was activated on March 12. Our current operational priorities are health, food and shelter. Community economic recovery efforts continue through our partnership with Vashon Chamber of Commerce. We continue at the Maintenance & Monitoring level of activation.
Incident Command: Planning has started as we look ahead to the next potential phase of the activation, anticipating needs and scaling the organization and incident command activities to match.
Medical Reserve Corps: Much of the MRC testing site operates outdoors. This week, the stock of N95 masks for the site was replenished due to smoke conditions. In addition, plans are being made to adapt the site for changing weather conditions since it appears it will need to keep going for some months to come, even as fall and winter weather arrive.
Situation Section: The EOC continues to monitor fire weather and air quality, noting that conditions began easing today with the rain and associated changes in air flow that will push smoke out of the region. AirNow.gov predicts good air quality by Sunday.
School Reopening: EOC Team members have completed their core assignment, supporting Vashon Island School District in its exploration of potential outdoor classroom approaches. A catalog of options has been delivered to the Superintendent of Schools ranging from use of existing covered spaces to various types of structures from yurts to light "sail" type fabric panels. The District has already begun implementing one option, light duty tents for one of the preschool classes for small group in-person teaching. The District, in a note to households, indicates it will be taking a methodical, controlled approach going forward, learning as it goes from the initial efforts such as this initial small outdoor space trial. The EOC "Tent Team" will remain on call as needed for consultation on site layouts and other implementation assistance.