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.
Vashon School District staff preparing meals for distribution to school district students and community members
photo: Michelle Bates
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/26/20:
• 4 confirmed positive cases, 0 change since last Situation Report on Friday
• Date of last positive test: April 13
• 0 Vashon deaths
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/26/20:
• 7,896 confirmed positive cases, 199 new since last Situation Report on Friday
• 544 deaths, 7 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 5/24/20:
• 20,065 confirmed positive cases, 948 new since last Situation Report on Friday
• 1070 deaths, 26 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Health Tip of the Day:
· Correction: The COVID-19 testing provided by Vashon Medical Reserve Corps does require virus symptoms and a doctor’s recommendation. MRC testing is open to any person with symptoms who lives or works on Vashon Island. If you do not have a healthcare provider, MRC offers free tele-screening by calling (844) 469-4554 M-F 9am-6pm. If you do not have insurance, testing is still available for free. VashonBePrepared is covering costs for those without insurance.
New Developments since Last Report:
Progress on Community Support Operations:
· 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 include masks (provided by Masks for Vashon), hand 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/ to sign up for one of the workshops:
o In-Home Services and Constructions, Thursdays May 28, Jun 4, and Jun 11 at 4pm
o Body Workers, Hair and Nail Salons, Grooming and Tattoo Artists, Mondays Jun1, Jun 8 and Jun 15 at noon
o Merchants, Galleries, Artists and Non-Essential Retail, Thursdays May 28, Jun 4, and Jun 11 at 9am
o Recreation & Fitness, Fridays Jun 5, Jun 12 and Jun 19 at 9am.
o Restaurants, Bars and Beverages, Mon Jun 1, Thurs Jun 4 and Wed Jun 8 all at 10am
· Protect Yourself from Unemployment Fraud. The first step is to check to see if someone has set up an unemployment account in your name. You can create an account or check if an account is in your name at Washington State Employment Security Department at https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/. If it says your SSN is already in use, your identity may have been stolen. If so follow the website’s instructions to report identity theft. For more information on identity fraud visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/28cf81c
· The Small Business Administration has released instructions and the application to request forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. For full details visit https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf
· Gov Inslee provided updates on the Start Safe program. He said “We are making good progress as we continue to open Washington in segments. Currently, one-third of our state is now eligible to move into Phase 2. We are hard at work to determine next steps as we move closer to the May 31 expiration of my current order. As I have repeatedly said before, these are decisions that are driven by public health data and science, not the calendar. To be clear: this does not mean that we will be able to open every county in the state on June 1. Counties that continue to have large numbers of infections are not in a position to open up stores, restaurants and services safely”
· Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) has developed a new model for King County, which works to understand and explain the current and historical trajectory of the COVID-19 epidemic locally. The model shows how increased transmission associated with a return to workplaces and public activities can be offset by varying levels of countermeasures. Several possible countermeasures range from simple isolation of diagnosed individuals to a comprehensive program of additional testing, contact tracing, and high levels of compliance with household quarantine. Read the full report at https://covid.idmod.org/data/Modeling_countermeasures_for_balanced_reopening_King_County_Washington.pdf
· EOC Operations: Volunteers for the VashonBePrepared emergency response to the pandemic have now contributed nearly 8,000 hours to the effort. This is Day 76 since EOC activation on March 12. Six 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. To date, VashonBePrepared has spent approximately $95,000 in responding to the pandemic emergency, not including $50,000 held in reserve to sustain long term support of the Medical Reserve Corps COVID testing program.
· Business Support Branch: The Branch remains focused on the back-to-business campaign being run by the Chamber of Commerce. A total of 15 workshops have been scheduled to help businesses think through the safety requirements for reopening when we reach Phase 2 of the Governor's four phase Safe Start schedule (see New Developments section for details).
· Household and Neighborhood Support Branch: Planning has started for Disbursement #4 for Vashon social service agency partners who are responding to the increased needs for food and shelter during this emergency. Funding for the disbursements comes from the Vashon COVID Relief Fund and VashonBePrepared.
· Medical Support Branch: Final planning is underway to move the COVID testing site from Mukai to O Space. The testing site will be open all this week at Mukai and will reopen at the new location on Monday.