West Seattle, Washington
The county’s data dashboard skipped the Saturday update again this weekend, so we start with two days’ data:
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: Here are the Sunday numbers from the King County daily-summary dashboard:
*81,175 people have tested positive, 316 more than Friday’s total
*1,345 people have died, unchanged from Friday’s total
*5,072 people have been hospitalized, 10 more than Friday’s total
*888,341 people have been tested, 880 more than Friday’s total
One week ago, the King County totals were 80,144/1,321/4,997/877,293.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Here’s our weekly check of this stat – on Sunday again this time, since the county didn’t update its dashboards Saturday – 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, 66 positive test results; 115 in the 2 weeks before that; 240 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting WS death totals each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 60, unchanged from a week ago.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 111.3 million cases and 2,466,000+ deaths, 498,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
VACCINATION SITUATION: As reported earlier this evening, there’s a limited-space clinic for people 65+ in West Seattle next Friday/Saturday … We just checked the lists on both the official state Vaccine Locator and the unofficial covidwa.com, nothing else showing as available in our area right now.
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Thanks to Ann for the tip: The city and UW Medicine are having a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in West Seattle next Friday and Saturday (February 26-27). She just forwarded the announcement, which says in part:
This Friday and Saturday, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) will administer the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to roughly 600 eligible people ages 65 and older who live in the West Seattle and South Park area. While supply remains constrained, SFD will focus its limited doses on older adults who live in areas that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
The clinic will be held at the city’s testing site, in the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot at 2801 SW Thistle. Appointment required; here’s the link in the announcement. We have no way of knowing how many spots remain, but if you’re eligible, good luck.
Thanks to Troy Sterk for the video from Lincoln Park earlier today. It’s been windy all day and the forecast says that’s going to continue through Tuesday, with gusts to 35 mph tonight and tomorrow, to 30 mph on Tuesday. Another sight of interest as the weather changes:
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 22, 2021
Perhaps this cloud, in a photo texted to us around sunset:
ADDED 8:18 PM: More views of the cloud – this one from Lynn Hall:
And this composite view from Dan Ciske:
P.S. The rain has arrived.
*Intersection demolition and restoration at SW Holden St and SW Kenyon St continues this week. Work at both intersections will be completed in phases to maintain access to the roadway.
*Electrical upgrades near SW Oregon St and SW Alaska St continue, with sidewalk and driveway restoration beginning next week. Residents will be notified in advance of driveway closures.
*Water-main installation and upgrades near SW Juneau St to continue into early March
*Roadway demolition on the east side of Delridge Way SW between Croft Pl SW and SW Orchard St to begin as soon as March 1
The full project update for this week is here.
Youth-sports registration season is continuing, and we’ve heard from another organization that’s inviting local youth to play – the Southwest Lacrosse Club:
Do you have kids who are looking for a fun new sport with which to get involved? The Titans, our local lacrosse league, is recruiting, and we want to help kids get back into outdoor activities using the best available safety protocols, while balancing the need to get kids active and outdoors again. If you’re interested in finding out what is so fun about the “fastest game on two feet”, keep reading and reach out to us or come on out to one of our practices beginning March 15th at Pathfinder K-8 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Founded in 2008, the Southwest Lacrosse Club (SWLC) is dedicated to the promotion, organization and development of lacrosse in the south end. Our mission is to teach lacrosse fundamentals and good sportsmanship, while emphasizing the importance of discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness. Players of all skill levels have the opportunity to develop their game, and we will prepare each athlete for the next level of play.
The club and region have had exciting growth and expansion over the past two years, helping initiate a new West Seattle Lacrosse Club (WSLAX) last season to support high-school players within the West Seattle High School boundaries.
This year, both clubs are working to grow the girls’ program (hosted by WSLAX) and field a full program of teams for 3rd through 8th grade girls. The joint program is actively seeking first time players from throughout the Southwest region, West Seattle to Des Moines and Federal Way. If your child is interested, please email us- we’d love to welcome them to a practice to get a feel for the game.
Thanks to Monika for the photo and report – she heard a “loud bang,” then looked out the window and saw the scene, at West Marginal Way SW and SW Dakota [map]. No SFD dispatch, so apparently no serious injuries. That’s not far from where SDOT crews have been working to repair pavement by a road-spanning railroad track this weekend.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
For the first time in six years, City Attorney Pete Holmes visited the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council for Q&A, one week after he announced he’s running for re-election.
Much has changed in the six years since that previous visit, though the City Attorney’s responsibilities have not: The office is responsible for prosecuting low-level crimes – misdemeanors – while felonies are handled by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. It’s also the official legal representative for the city in a wide variety of matters, whether it’s defending the city in court or taking action against, say, a nuisance property owner.
That last type of work is most often handled by the City Attorney’s Precinct Liaisons, a position that Joe Everett currently holds for the Southwest and South Precincts, and that was explained as Holmes began speaking. (It was also reiterated in response to an attendee questions; if the City Attorney’s Office can help with “chronic neighborhood problems,” for example, Holmes said, then that lightens the load on police and can lead to a “better resolution.”)
A Sunday morning listening note: After All Ways West Seattle podcaster Keith Bacon spent time recently talking with us about WSB, he decided to run the interview in two parts, and his newest episode features the conclusion. Also featured in the current AWWS episode: Writer Sean Petrie, the “Typewriter Guy,” seen (in pre-pandemic times) creating poetry in public and, most recently, the book “Listen to the Trees,” including West Seattle-inspired poems. Keith has produced more than 20 episodes of All Ways West Seattle so far, all available here.
We start with a second day for these two traffic alerts:
WEST MARGINAL PAVEMENT REPAIR: The road surface around those old tracks north of the Duwamish Longhouse is being repaired, with city crews scheduled to work 8 am-3:30 pm again today.
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Every week we update our list of more than 20 local churches’ Sunday online services (a few also offer in-person options), with the latest links; find them here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, the market’s back after last week’s snow-out. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center. (9600 15th Ave SW)
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