West Seattle, Washington
The vaccination situation is back atop the roundup tonight:
WEST SEATTLE VACCINATION SITE: As reported earlier, the city’s new vaccination site at Southwest Athletic Complex has openings this week for West Seattle residents 65+, and they asked us to help get the word out. Start here. When the new site – alongside the city’s ongoing testing site – was announced a week ago, the city said it was “partnering with over 50 community-based and faith-based organizations” to get referrals for the new site. The continued emphasis on seniors is in the context of these vaccination rates from the county website – note in particular the 75+ stats:
Meantime, not long before we received the announcement from the city, we heard at a meeting that one of West Seattle that among those who will be vaccinated at the site this week are residents of the Arrowhead Gardens senior-living complex.
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: From the King County daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*83,103 people have tested positive, 162 more than yesterday’s total
*1,415 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*5,145 people have been hospitalized, 8 more than yesterday’s total
*914,496 people have been tested, 319 more than Friday’s total
One week ago, the King County totals were 82,215/1,393/5,100/901,467.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Here’s our weekly check of this stat – first time in two weeks because the county’s site was malfunctioning a week ago – 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, 69 positive test results; 67 in the 2 weeks before that; 121 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: 61, unchanged from last check.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 116.8 million cases and 2,593,000+ deaths, 525,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The biggest signs of Terminal 5‘s future relaunch will arrive in June – the new cranes that will be used for cargo loading once the modernized north berth opens early next year.
That’s one of the updates presented during a District 1 Community Network guest appearance by Port of Seattle/Northwest Seaport Alliance reps last Wednesday. (NWSA is the name for the joint efforts of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and the T-5 project is under its umbrella.)
It was an abbreviated version of the full T-5 briefing they had presented one day earlier to the NWSA managing members (Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners) – you can see that here, and you can read the full briefing (including the slide deck) in the agenda from that meeting:
Two meetings about transportation projects in the week ahead:
‘HOME ZONE’ PLAN: In the almost-a-year period since the West Seattle Bridge closed, neighborhoods including Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge have been deluged with detour traffic. The SDOT “Home Zone” plan for side-street traffic-calming will be unveiled during an online meeting at 6 pm Monday (March 8th). We reported in January on the draft plan, featuring added speed humps, flashing beacons, painted curb bulbs, and more. You’ll find information on watching/participating tomorrow, or calling in, by going to this SDOT webpage.
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE UPDATES: The monthly meeting of the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force is usually packed with updates, from the bridge’s status to low-bridge access issues to Reconnect West Seattle projects. This month’s meeting is at noon Wednesday (March 10th). We don’t have the agenda yet, but the link for watching the livestream is up – find it here. If you have a question or comment to send in advance, firstname.lastname@example.org is the address to use.
More sidewalk, repaving, and utility work is planned this week as the RapidRide H Line corridor preparation project continues on and near Delridge Way SW. The project team lists these as key points for the week ahead:
*Curbs and sidewalks continue to be installed throughout Zones A and B
*Demolition between SW Trenton St and SW Henderson St to begin next week, work will include roadway, sidewalk, and curb ramp upgrades
*Roadway and sidewalk demolition in Zone C rescheduled to begin this week, with sidewalk and electrical utility upgrades to be completed in the coming weeks
*21st Ave SW at Delridge Way SW remains closed to local access only
*Intersection demolition and restoration at SW Holden St and SW Kenyon St continues
The full bulletin for this week’s work is here.
We just received word from the Mayor’s Office that the West Seattle vaccination site in the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) has “several hundred openings” for the week ahead, tomorrow through Saturday, March 8-13. Eligibility for these appointments: West Seattle residents, 65 and up. They’ll be administering the two-dose Moderna vaccine, and you’ll get the second appointment while you are scheduling the first one. Here’s the registration link.
ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: Still openings, and the city now says ALL Seattle residents 65+ are welcome to make an appointment at this site or its Rainier Beach site this week.
In the pandemic-delayed high-school football season, both Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School played their first games on Saturday. Sealth, at home, lost to Roosevelt, 41-28, and WSHS, at Memorial Stadium downtown, beat Cleveland, 45-6. The two local teams face off next weekend, 7 pm Friday at Southwest Athletic Complex. No spectators, though. If you’re wondering about overall health protocols, the state spells them out in detail here. Other sports being played right now include girls’ soccer and volleyball.
9:58 AM: We mentioned on Thursday that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was almost home; it stopped at Indian Island in the north Sound before finishing its journey home to Bremerton after 10+ months away. It’ll be passing West Seattle soon – it’s just north of Elliott Bay now.
10:35 AM: Passing south Bainbridge, about to make the turn.
1:22 PM: Here’s another look at it passing, from Don Brubeck in Upper Alki:
The carrier has now arrived in Bremerton – Eric Gattenby tweeted this photo from Rich Passage, between here and there:
A recap of its long deployment is in this report by Josh Farley of the Kitsap Sun. The Nimitz, going on a half-century old, is scheduled to now go into maintenance.
It’s the first Sunday in March and the last Sunday of Standard Time – early next Sunday, we “spring forward” an hour. But in the much nearer term, here’s what’s happening:
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Here’s our updated list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (a few offer in-person options too), with the newest links – see it here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, the market’s on. 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)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm online, get updates, and ask questions, about West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment. Videoconferencing link here, or call in at 253-215-8782, meeting ID 858 5523 4269, password 9701.
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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