Summary for May 22, 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.

Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/27/20:

  •       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 5/27/20:

  •       7,931 confirmed positive cases, 35 new since last Situation Report yesterday
  •       549 deaths, 5 new since last Situation Report yesterday

Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/25/20:

  •      20,181 confirmed positive cases, 116 new since last Situation Report yesterday
  •      1078 deaths, 8 new since last Situation Report yesterday


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New Developments since Last Report:

·       Vashon Chamber of Commerce is planning a COVID safe parade.  On July 4th at 10 am, representatives of Vashon Island businesses and community organizations will gather in decorated vehicles and floats, then caravan together through our island neighborhoods.  Plans are progressing and more information will be released as the event date approaches.  Social distancing and safety rules will be communicated.  Visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/pop-up-safety-guidelines/

·       Gov. Inslee announced new guidance for religious gatherings at a news conference this afternoon.  Phase 1 localities, including King County, are allowed to hold outdoors in-person religious gatherings of up to 100 individuals with requirements for physical distancing and face coverings.  In Phase 2 localities, indoor services are permitted but only up to 25% building capacity not to exceed 50 individuals although multiple gatherings of that size may be held in a day.  Also allowed will be in-house services and counseling with 5 person or less.  All phase 2 gatherings must require physical distancing (min 6 feet), face coverings, employee education and sanitizing.  Full guidance will be available at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start 

·       Sun Island Farm’s new farm stand structure is now open on Maury.  Current hours are Wed and Sat from 11am to 8pm, days open will expand as more produce is available.

·       New dashboard from King County for Key Indicators of COVID-19 Activity.  This new dashboard tracks the metrics used in the Safe Start decision making for the safe re-opening of economy.  The indicators include historical trends, targets to achieve and our current status.  Visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/key-indicators.aspx

       Progress on Community Support Operations:

·       EOC Operations: This is Day 77 since EOC activation on March 12. Five days are left in the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order. We are currently in Phase 1 of the Governor's four-phase re-opening strategy.

·       Business Support Branch: Everything is on schedule to begin the first of 15 back to business workshops tomorrow, and to make available free toolkits to help Vashon businesses reopen when Phase 2 arrives. Business operators can go to the Vashon Chamber of Commerce website to sign up for a workshop: https://www.vashonchamber.com/re-opening-round-tables/

·       Households and Neighborhoods Support Branch: At today's weekly meeting of leaders from social service agencies and programs, attendees reviewed statistics from last week. Food and meals numbers continue to rise gradually, with the trend continuing toward more deliveries, and fewer in-person pickups. Leaders are collaborating on plans for summer, such as ways to provide meal options or safe activities for children after school ends on June 19th, and increasing availability of childcare for future phases of reopening, when more parents may return to in-person work.

·       Households and Neighborhoods Support Branch (more): Volunteers in the Households and Neighborhoods branch have been working to streamline their support efforts in order to reduce the time and energy burden on social service agencies, as well as on households and neighborhoods. For instance, one volunteer is now in charge of gathering weekly information and statistics on food and meals from the agencies and programs that deliver them, to reduce redundant communications from multiple volunteers to the leaders of those agencies. Likewise, email messages to NERO leaders that aim to encourage neighbor-to-neighbor support are shifting from once per week to once or twice per month, as the pandemic situation dictates, with the intention of sharing only the most timely and relevant information.

·       Medical Support Branch: The COVID-19 testing site continues to operate at Mukai for the rest of this week. The move to O Space will take place over the weekend and the testing will reopen at the new location on Monday.

·       Community Engagement Branch: The Community Engagement section is in final design stage of an all-island direct mail postcard that will help recipients gain phone access to key COVID-related resources. They are also working on a second phase poster campaign to motivate islanders and off island visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. A community needs survey is also in final development and should be out by the end of this week.

     

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· Registration has started for reopening workshops being put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Fifteen of the workshops have been scheduled over the next two weeks. They are designed to aid local businesses and organizations open up under the Phase 2 safety conditions set by the Governor. The planning workshops will help businesses reduce risk to staff, ensure customers feel safe and secure, and give business operators confidence that they are following best practices to protect our community’s health. The free workshops are offered by Vashon Chamber of Commerce and are being funded by VashonBePrepared. Each participant will receive a toolkit that will including masks (provided by Masks for Vashon), sanitizer, floor signs for six foot distancing, and signage for the establishment's safety commitments. One option in the free toolkit will be plexiglass sneeze shields fabricated by volunteers from the Makerspace/Tool Library group. Visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/re-opening-round-tables/...

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