West Seattle, Washington
Pandemic toplines from the first half of the weekend:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*78,149 people have tested positive, 59 more than yesterday’s total
*1,299 people have died, 7 more than yesterday’s total
*4,890 people have been hospitalized, 25 more than yesterday’s total
*855,053 people have been tested, 10,866 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 76.650/1,264/4,787/827,183.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs). For the past two weeks, 105 positive test results; 238 in the 2 weeks before that; 262 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting WS death totals each week; using the HRAs, since they are the most precise count. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 59, three more than a week ago.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 105.7 million people have tested positive, and more than 2,309,000 people have died; U.S. deaths exceed 462,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, UK, Russia (same as last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
FINDING VACCINE: Again tonight, none of the nearby locations on the state website have availability. St. Anne Hospital in Burien had advised eligible people to check back yesterday for possible appointment availability but now says it did not release any appointment availabilities because of vaccine supply, and its new suggestion is to check that link after 10 am next Friday (February 12th). The two local Safeway pharmacies that are expected to eventually get vaccine aren’t making appointments yet; same goes for the QFC Junction pharmacy.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Thanks to Marty for the photo from Fauntleroy:
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Thanks to James Tilley for the photo of tonight’s sunset – just hours after all those wind-fueled waves. Tonight’s low is expected to be in the normal 40-ish vicinity, but then the forecast warns of cold nights on the way – 30s at night until Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, when 30s are expected in the daytime, 20s at night, maybe a chance of a bit of snow … “most likely our coolest temps of the season so far,” says the National Weather Service.
Police were dispatched to North Delridge after multiple reports of gunfire a short time ago. No victims have turned up, and no damage has been reported so far, but officers just told dispatch that they have found “multiple shell casings” near 26th and Brandon.
Two ways to buy locally made cake with good deeds on the side:
QUARANTINE-A-VERSARY CAKE: In the photo above is Hailey, a West Seattle student and entrepreneur whose business Hailey’s Cakes and Bakes is offering cakes for the upcoming anniversary of a day most of us will likely never forget:
March 12th will signify the day Governor Inslee ordered a stay at home order in King County, Seattle Public Schools closed, and toilet paper became sparse due to the onset of a global pandemic. I am bringing back toilet paper cakes for purchase in the Seattle area in hopes of bringing levity and basic supplies to our community. Each cake is the size of a roll of toilet paper, the perfect size for one family to enjoy. With each cake ordered, a pack of toilet paper will be donated to assist those who continue to struggle with basic needs. You can order the cakes including a humorous add-on through my website here.
(Though the full statewide stay-home order wasn’t until March 23rd – same day as the West Seattle Bridge closure – March 12th was a benchmark day because of the school shutdown and other closures.)
1 MORE DAY FOR VALENTINE’S CUPCAKE FUNDRAISER: Tomorrow is your last day to get in on the Valentine’s Day specials from BAKED in The Admiral District.
We first mentioned this two weeks ago – two Valentine’s Day offers, with 10 percent going to Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that works to get families out of homelessness (with a White Center shelter among its locations): A DIY cupcake-decorating kit, or a cupcake/cookie combo (in partnership with Jenn’s Cookie Jar). Order no later than tomorrow, and choose pickup (2604 California SW) on either February 12th or February 13th.
Youth sports are expected to return this spring/summer. Here’s what one local league, West Seattle Baseball, just announced:
The West Seattle Baseball board of directors is excited to announce the first confirmed dates for the 2021 league calendar!
With our area having moved to “phase two” of the “Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery” plan, baseball activities, including league competition, are permitted. As we were taught last year, all plans are necessarily tentative, but the league is cautiously optimistic that we will have practices and games at some point this year, even if adjustments must be made upon changes in our status with regard to the pandemic.
For the time being, there are some important dates for all league families to note.
In order to properly plan for the season, registration will close on February 14.
Parent and Coaches Meetings
These meetings will be conducted virtually this year, which will make it easier than ever for a high turnout! They will again both be held on the same night, in succession, on February 24.
Practices are set to being on March 13 for the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, and Pony divisions. Shetland players will begin practices on April 5.
Barring unforeseen delays, league play for Pinto, MuStang, Bronco, and Pony divisions will begin the same day Shetland begins practice, April 5. Shetland will begin on either April 17 or April 24.
The Big Pee-Wee Clean-up Day
Every year, volunteers gather at our baseball venue to help get the fields prepared for the season. There is plenty of work needed to have the fields and surrounding area ready for even the start of practices and tasks available for any and all levels of experience and capabilities. So please, if you are able, be ready to come to the fields on March 20th to help in any way you can!
For more information on all of the above, go here.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
STOLEN-CAR-ON-SIDE CRASH: The crash happened in the construction zone at 22nd/Delridge just before noon. According to SPD, the Subaru was stolen from the Arco station qt Delridge/Orchard and the thief “fled northbound on Delridge Way SW at a high rate of speed. The suspect lost control of the vehicle in an active construction zone.” He then fled on foot; officers pursued and arrested him. Police add, “Thankfully no construction workers were hit or injured.” Some were on scene doing Saturday work, as the photos show.
The suspect was taken to jail.
CAR PROWL LOOT TO LOOK FOR: Katie says this happened at 37th/Ida in Gatewood:
I left our car unlocked last night and my son’s backpack was taken. It’s pretty bright, so easy to spot. [stock photo] It also had his favorite hat, a black and white Vans beanie with a pom pom, and a blue fleece blanket with snowflakes. Also, bright blue fingerless gloves. If you see any of this, please let me know! Nothing is worth much, I’d just like to recover anything that was dumped!
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1:17 PM: SFD says the report was that a kite-surfer appeared to be in trouble. They’re sending land and water crews to look.
1:27 PM: The search has relocated to the 5000 block of Beach Drive. They’re still not seeing anyone or anything.
1:42 PM: Boats are helping search (including SPD and Coast Guard – texted photo added above) but there is still no sign of anyone in trouble.
1:28 PM: The search is being scaled down, after a report that someone saw a surfer matching the description – with brightly colored gear – getting safely out of the water, but they’re still not certain that was the same surfer.
1:54 PM: Now they’ve talked to someone they do believe was the surfer in question, and they’re safe.
9:58 AM: Thanks to Lucas for that photo of a tree that fell on Murray Avenue SW near Lowman Beach [map], first reported casualty of today’s wind. (Added: City Light has a 4-customer outage there.) The National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory in effect for our area through 10 pm, warning it’ll be more blustery than previously forecast – “southwest wind 20 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.” If you have tree, power, or other trouble, please let us know – text or call 206-293-6302 or email email@example.com – thank you!
12:10 PM: We went to Constellation Park shortly after high tide, which wasn’t mega-high today (11.6 feet):
Thanks to Eileen for sending this photo from that same area:
Meantime, further south, the Murray Avenue power is back on, according to the SCL map, but 10 homes are out on Beach Drive.
Welcome to February’s first weekend!
ALKI COMMUNITY CLEANUP: Start your weekend by volunteering – join Jessica‘s monthly community cleanup at Alki Beach, 10 am. Details are in our calendar listing. (56th/Alki)
HOPE FACTORY OPEN HOUSE: Not in West Seattle, but its roots are – this new tiny-home-building factory started as an all-volunteer operation at Camp Second Chance. You’re invited to visit its new SODO home today, 10 am-4 pm. (5 South Nevada)