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What’s being done for testing on Vashon?

Two testing sites are open on Vashon. 

One test site is being operated by VashonBePrepared’s volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps with support from volunteers fro our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Any Vashon Island resident or essential worker on Vashon who has symptoms of Covid-19 may be tested at this site with a scheduled appointment. Residents without health insurance will not have to pay for the test. It’s important to emphasize: You can’t just drive up and ask for a test. You will only be tested if you have been referred by a medical provider or have been screened by an MRC volunteer and scheduled for testing. You can find more information about scheduling a Covid-19 test at the website:  https://testing.vashonbeprepared.org/.

The other testing site is being operated by the Neighborcare clinic. 

Testing is only one piece of stopping the spread of the virus. It helps doctors to know who has the virus; and to contact, track and test others who have been exposed and those with symptoms. That is the fastest and most efficient way to stop the spread of COVID-19. But social distancing is key to keeping the exposures and spread low. Please stay with it, stay home, stay 6 feet apart.

What’s being done for testing on Vashon?

Two testing sites are open on Vashon.

One test site is being operated by VashonBePrepared’s volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps with support from volunteers from our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Any Vashon Island resident or essential worker on Vashon who has symptoms of Covid-19 may be tested at this site with a scheduled appointment. Residents without health insurance will not have to pay for the test. It’s important to emphasize: You can’t just drive up and ask for a test. You will only be tested if you have been referred by a medical provider or have been screened by an MRC volunteer and scheduled for testing. You can find more information about scheduling a Covid-19 test at the website:  https://testing.vashonbeprepared.org/.

The other testing site is being operated by the Neighborcare clinic.

Testing is only one piece of stopping the spread of the virus. It helps doctors to know who has the virus; and to contact, track and test others who have been exposed and those with symptoms. That is the fastest and most efficient way to stop the spread of COVID-19. But social distancing is key to keeping the exposures and spread low. Please stay with it, stay home, stay 6 feet apart.

How many Vashon residents have tested positive for COVID-19?

So far, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), the number of cases on Vashon has fortunately remained low and there have been no deaths from COVID-19 on Vashon. You can check on the current figure by going to a “dashboard” that has been put up by Public Health. Roll your computer cursor over Vashon to see a pop up window:
King County's Data Dashboard

           NOTE: Federal law prohibits Public Health - Seattle and King County from releasing the names of infected people (HIPAA Act). Public health experts say we should all assume the virus may be in our community and continue safe distancing and hand washing.

How do we know who may have been exposed?

The best advice from the experts is to assume everyone has been exposed. That’s why the Governor put the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order in place. The best way to keep from getting COVID-19 is to stay home, keep six feet away from others if you must go out. Remember, many with the virus do not show symptoms, so just assume anyone may have the virus.

           It’s important to know that federal HIPAA privacy laws very strictly prohibit release of names and medical conditions. So there will be no lists published of who has tested positive for COVID-19.

There are so many conflicting claims and myths. Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

For basic medical information about COVID-19, we recommend the experts at Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC). You can contact their call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977. They also have a helpful question and answer page here:
Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID FAQ

How do I know if a loved one or I have COVID-19?

Call your regular doctor or your insurance hot line if you have symptoms such as cough, fever or other respiratory problems. If testing seems advised, the doctor will order the test. That’s an essential step because all the area testing points, including the ones on Vashon, are requiring a doctor’s order. Get your regular doctor’s advice before going to an emergency room because ERs need to be kept clear for critical cases.

How can I stay up on the latest information about COVID-19 on Vashon?

The Beachcomber continues to publish the weekly newspaper and posts daily to its website: https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/

Information is updated regularly on VashonBePrepared's Facebook page and VashonBePrepared.org.

Subscribe to email bulletins from the Emergency Alert System operated by Voice of Vashon and you will receive emails about significant developments. You will also receive an email at the end of every weekday with the daily Situation Report from the Vashon Emergency Operations Center.

Business Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (BNERO)

This is a copy of some of the informatino that appears on our Business Preparedness page. Check that out for more on business continuity. This BNERO page will have more details on BNEROs (as an organization) and how you can participate in it.

Business NERO (BNERO)

Vashon Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director Debi Richards addresses an initial meeting of Vashon's Business NERO groupDebi Richards at the Vashon Chamber of Commerce is spearheading Vashon's Business Preparedness efforts, under the BNERO moniker. Contact the Chamber to be included in future mailings and meeting notices. Also check the NERO organizational page in our partners section.

Read about the initial BNERO meetings here and stop back for updates in this spot.