Situation Report #191

June 26th, 2021 - Posted in Alerts, Uncategorized

COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report
The Vashon Emergency Operations Center has produced this briefing for our emergency workers and for the community since March of 2020. It has included information on Vashon community response actions and support. This is the last newsletter, compiling information for community use going forward. Past newsletters and ongoing resources will be available at VashonBePrepared.org.
You can view older Situation Reports at: https://vashonbeprepared.org/News/SitRepsand the Resource Guide in this newsletter online.
We are moving our activation to Standby/Monitoring level. This is the final EOC Situation Report for this COVID-19 emergency activation.
The Situation Report we have been publishing for the last 15 months is being replaced with a Resource Guide to give residents contact points for COVID-19 information, testing, vaccines, and social services. The Resource Guide is published below in this document. It will also be part of the revised VashonBePrepared.org website, coming soon. Over the next week, the Resource Guide will also be posted on social media, and printed copies will be distributed by our social service partners.
As we make this move into a new phase, we share your relief that things are going so well on Vashon, even as we remind ourselves of the suffering our neighbors have faced, not only from illness but also from the economic and psychological disaster that was brought to the island by COVID. There are still variants that have the potential of rapid virus transmission and all around us there are still people getting sick, needing testing, needing vaccination. We realize that it isn’t over and the worst public health crisis in a century will have effects for years to come.
Vashon COVID-19 Accomplishments:
  • The Vashon Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated 67 weeks ago (471 days), in March 2020, to respond to what became a global pandemic.
  • The activation has included all of the VashonBePrepared coalition partners, and many community service partners who joined the effort.
  • Based on the data dashboard at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), 121 Vashon residents tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. That is 11.2 cases per 1,000 residents, compared to the county-wide case rate of 49.6 per 1,000.
  • Unfortunately, Vashon recorded 3 deaths, for a rate of 0.3 per 1,000 residents, less than half the 0.7 rate for the county overall.
  • Our COVID-19 testing center performed 3,571 COVID-19 tests; this was 38% of all tests for Vashon residents. The program identified 80 of 121 reported cases on Vashon, about half of which occurred during winter’s 3rd wave. The site was operated by Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Vashon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Vashon EOC.
  • Growing out of the testing site, the MRC conducted contact tracing on behalf of PHSKC. MRC traced 42 case clusters on the island, identifying 178 contacts and 47 additional cases among contacts.
  • Our vaccination site helped Vashon achieve the highest vaccination rate in the countyfor residents 12 years old and older receiving at least one dose, at 91%, versus the county average of 77.9%. Vashon residents who completed the vaccination series are at 78.7%, compared to the county average of 71%.
  • The vaccination site was a partnership with Vashon Pharmacy, supported by MRC, CERT, and the EOC. The operation administered over 10,000 doses of vaccine. That works out to 62% of all first and second doses for Vashon residents.
  • The Ask an Expert program, a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, assisted over 400 residents with unemployment benefits, and handled 1,600 telephone consultations.
  • Through last week, volunteers have contributed over 31,500 hours to the response effort, which is more than $1 million worth of in-kind value based on the FEMA reimbursement grant rate. Actual volunteerism on the island was much more, as this does not include our island social service and economic relief partners and CERT volunteers (who staffed the testing and vaccine sites), tracked in separate systems.
  • Through the generous contributions of hundreds of island residents, donations to the Vashon COVID Relief Fund exceeded $456,000. About two-thirds of the donations were doubled by reimbursements to VashonBePrepared, with the help of King County Office of Emergency Management and funding from the federal and state CARES Act program, as well as reimbursements from FEMA gained with help from VIFR.
  • To date, Vashon COVID Relief Fund distributions total almost $536,000. Funds have supported the testing and vaccination programs and numerous outreach and communications efforts. The Fund contributed directly to support programs for food, housing, and economic recovery.
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