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CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 7/11 roundup

On what would have been the biggest night of West Seattle’s biggest annual party – Summer Fest – we are instead still chronicling a pandemic. Here’s tonight’s roundup:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*11,771 people have tested positive, 139 more than yesterday

*603 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*1,687 people have been hospitalized, up 13 from yesterday

*202,902 people have been tested, 1,157 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 10,784/590/1,610/181,536.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 12.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 564,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, Peru (same as last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

NEED TO GET TESTED? If you can’t get tested through your health-care provider, here are the free sites around King County, including multiple locations in West Seattle/White Center/South Park. (One note – though the list says the weekly Friday testing at SSC starts at 10 am, as a commenter discovered yesterday, it actually starts at 9:30 am.)

FOOD DRIVE AND OUTDOOR MUSIC: Tomorrow, Alki UCC has another outdoor dropoff food drive, 10 am-3 pm – and during the food drive, noon-1 pm, the church is presenting live outdoor music by Betsy Stelzer. You’re welcome to hang out on the patio or lawn – distanced and masked – at 6115 SW Hinds.

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: ‘Support yacht’ Hodor

Thanks to Stewart L. for that photo of a yacht passing West Seattle this afternoon, headed into the Duwamish River, the 217-foot Hodor. According to this link Stewart found, and other info we subsequently turned up, Hodor is no mere superyacht – it’s a European-built SUPPORT yacht, meant to support another superyacht … with features from a helipad to an ROV. This SuperYacht Times story from a year ago has more details and photos; a related website says the Hodor and the yacht it supports are owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta. The Hodor s currently anchored off Magnolia, according to, as is its “mothership” Lonian; Puget Sound Business Journal writer Patti Payne explains why.


Sent by Alki resident April:

My husband’s car was stolen last night. Blue Honda CR-V, damaged driver side door. License plate AWL8452. If you happen to see the car anywhere, please let me know or call the police. This is more of a huge inconvenience than anything. Luckily we did not really have anything valuable in the car and it wasn’t exactly in great shape, but my husband was laid off due to COVID back in March so it’s just a huge hassle and financial burden. Car was stolen yesterday, July 10th on his 40th birthday!

Call 911 if you see it.

PHOTOS: Worldwide Rollout Day demonstrators on Alki

(Texted photo)

3:30 PM: Thanks to everybody who let us know about this – Worldwide Rollout Day, human-powered anti-hate demonstrations around the globe. Among them – a Seattle group on wheels that headed from the Seacrest vicinity to Alki Statue of Liberty this past hour. More photos to come.

ADDED 5:27 PM: From our photographer:

And thanks to Carolyn Newman for this view from above:

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas, southbound

July 11, 2020 2:21 pm
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Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip! Orcas are in the area again, just seen southbound off Blakely Rock, across the Sound from Alki. Let us know if you see them!

COMET-WATCHING: This morning’s view from West Seattle

12:27 PM: Thanks to everybody who sent photos of Comet NEOWISE, which – as noted here Friday – is viewable in the early-early-early morning sky right now (and soon, after sunset). Above, that’s from James Tilley; below, from Greg Snyder:

From Nick Newhall:

And from John Hinkey:

John notes his was; “Taken from Hamilton Viewpoint this morning between 3:30 and 4am. There were something like a dozen people there with maybe half taking images.”

ADDED 2:15 PM: Via Twitter:

Big turnout for free shredding in Westwood

Wear your face covering and be ready for a (distanced) line as free shredding presented by John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor) continues until noon. If you can donate, the White Center Food Bank is also there to accept nonperishable food as well as cash or card donations:

This is in the Westwood Village parking lot west of Bed Bath Beyond – fairly equidistant from the center’s Trenton or Barton entrances.

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: Shredding, donating, painting, more…

(Photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

What’s up for your Saturday:

SHREDDING: John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor) offers free shredding today, 10 am-noon, NW lot at Westwood Village. Bring food/money to donate to White Center Food Bank if you can.

FREE LUNCH: West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California SW) is serving a free bag lunch (turkey, ham or beef sandwiches plus other goodies) noon-1 pm. All are welcome.

DROP-OFF FOOD DRIVE: Admiral Church has a no-contact setup so you can bring nonperishable food to donate (4320 SW Hill), 1-4 pm.

PAINT WITH HPIC – ONLINE! Highland Park Improvement Club invites you to a 2 pm online painting event. Free. Register ASAP here.

NEW WINE RELEASES: Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) has three of them, and you can stop by to buy, 5910 California SW, 2-5 pm.