West Seattle, Washington
The vaccination situation tops March’s final roundup of local/state pandemic headlines:
ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS, AND WILL EXPAND AGAIN SOON: On the day that 2 million more people in our state became eligible to get vaccinated, Gov. Inslee announced that instead of May 1st, April 15th will be the date everyone is eligible. (No vaccine is approved for children yet, so that’ll be everyone 16 and up.)
CITY ADDS ANOTHER COMMUNITY VACCINATION HUB: The city is now running four sites – West Seattle, Rainier Beach, Lumen Field, and now North Seattle. The new site at North Seattle College is mostly drive-up, and instead of being staffed by Seattle firefighters, the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association is the clinical partner.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*88,067 people have tested positive, 341 more than yesterday’s total
*1,464 people have died, 2 more than yesterday’s total
*5,331 people have been hospitalized, 2 fewer than yesterday’s total (data adjustment)
*969,956 people have been tested, 594 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 86,037/1,456/5,241/953,472.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find all the numbers, county by county, on the state Department of Health data page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association are still negotiating about middle- and high-school students’ return to in-person learning. SEA says it thinks a tentative agreement can be reached this week. Its update is here; SPS’s update, including links to recent counterproposals, is here.
MASS MASKING: University of Washington research found that 89 percent of people in King County are wearing masks in public.
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS’ BRIEFING: The weekly briefing by Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah and other top state health officials is scheduled for 9:30 am tomorrow. It’ll be livestreamed here.
IF YOU’RE VACCINE-ELIGIBLE AND LOOKING FOR IT … here are links to try:
*Check for West Seattle city-run site appointments here; sign up for the city’s notification list for all three of its sites here.
*Health-care providers (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine, Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, etc.)
*covidwa.com (volunteer-run aggregator) – you can also follow its tweets for instant notifications
*The state’s Vaccine Locator (as mentioned above)
*The CDC’s Vaccine Finder
*Pharmacies big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics
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The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center is planning its first Native art market in more than a year. April 10-11, 11 am-7 pm each day, the Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) will open for the Spring Fling Pop-Up Art Market, promising “deals and treasures from Native artists.” COVID safety precautions are planned – masks will be required, and temperatures will be checked. Admission is free.
Three business notes this evening:
YOGASIX: The Whittaker‘s commercial management has officially announced that this yoga chain is about to open a 2,302-square-foot space in the mixed-use building at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW. The announcement says YogaSix offers “a broad range of heated and non-heated yoga classes, boot-camp-style fitness classes, and meditation.” They’re expected to open in mid-April.
3:47 PM: The governor has just announced that all Washingtonians – 16 and up, since no vaccine is yet approved for younger people – will be eligible for vaccination as of April 15th, 2+ weeks earlier than previously announced. This comes on the day 2 million more became eligible. He also warns of a “disturbing uptick” in cases, so he urges everyone to continue precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Updates as the briefing goes.
3:54 PM: He says he’s very concerned about the 28 percent of people over 65 – more than 333,000 in our stqte – who have not yet been vaccinated and so are “living in the danger zone.” So if you know someone that applies to, he says, do everything you can to urge them to go get it. …. Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah says the state is now vaccinating 54,000 people a day, beyond its goal, and that 3.2 million doses have now been administered. If internet use is a barrier to someone making an appointment, he notes there’s a hotline, 800-525-0127. He also echoes the warning that “the pandemic’s not over until it’s over.”
4:07 PM: Before getting to media Q&A, the governor moves off the pandemic for a bit and talks about climate legislation in Olympia and DC, as well as hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “We have to stand up against (hate),” he urges. Today, he also notes, is César Chávez Day. … On to Q/A: Asked if vaccine allocation needs to be moved around because of uneven demand by region, he says there’s only an “infinitesimal” number of wasted doses in the state – “doses are getting into arms.” … Asked about supply to match the increase in eligibility, the governor says yes, supplies are increasing … He was also asked about the national report of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine lost to some kind of factory mistake, but didn’t think that would affect our state much … He also says the state is in the “top third” nationwide in terms of “efficiency” in getting vaccine administered.
4:30 PM: So how long will it take, at current supply levels, to get everyone vaccinated? Dr. Shah reiterates that supplies are continuing to increase – though after a 400,000+-dose week this week it’s going back down under 400,000, pending future increases – they can’t make a specific prediction, as it could change further. … The briefing ends at 4:34 pm; the archived video should be available in the same window above shortly. Here, meantime, is the news release about the eligibility-expansion announcement.
Three years ago, we reported on the completion of a first phase of playground improvements at Highland Park Elementary. It took years of community work just to get to that point, but it’s now time for the next phase, and time for your thoughts! Here’s the announcement:
Who: A community-led project, partners include the Highland Park Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Seattle Public Schools, and the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.
What: We are seeking community input to inform and influence the play area layout and play equipment options at Highland Park Elementary School:
When: Throughout the spring, we will be hosting three virtual design workshops and distributing questionnaires to gather feedback.
Open now: People can learn more about the project and fill out the questionnaire here: hpeplayarea.infocommunity.org.
Coming up: The first virtual workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 from 3:00 – 4:30, and folks can register here. There will be interpretation in Spanish and Vietnamese. This workshop is open to the public and children are welcome!
This round of planning is happening with the help of a $49,500 matching-fund grant announced last November.
If you were dreading the plan to close the east end of Sylvan Way, between Orchard and Delridge, “as soon as today,” here’s a bit of a reprieve – it’s been postponed. SDOT now says the closure, which was announced last week, won’t start until next week. They promise more info in the weekly update on the preparing-for-RapidRide H Line project, which usually is sent on Fridays.
After reader questions about a multi-day road closure on SW Yancy between Avalon and 28th [map], we inquired with the team building the Transitional Resources supportive-housing project on that block. They had done notification but as is so often the case, closures like this affect people beyond the immediate zone for which notification is required. TR tells us the closure is for storm-drain work related to the project, and it’s expected to last about three more weeks.
Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) describes itself as “the original meal kit” – they do the prep, you do the final step – curbside pickup and cooking (or freezing) at home – and dinner’s on the table when you’re ready. They’re partnering with the Lafayette Elementary PTA for a fundraiser, and advance orders are open now – you order three ready-to-cook family-size dinners for $50, and $10 of that gets donated. This fundraiser has three times you can choose from for curbside pickup of your three dinners – 6:30-7:30 pm April 28th or 29th, or 10:30-11:30 am May 1st, at Dream Dinners-West Seattle (on the outer east side of Jefferson Square, 4701 41st SW). To see your menu choices and place orders, go here for April 28th, go here for April 29th, or go here for May 1st. The PTA has a matching donor for whatever money is raised from this, so that’s an extra stretch for your donation!
6:03 AM: Good morning! More sunshine today, after another cold night that started this way:
ROAD WORK .
Delridge project – Today’s the day the plan says the closure of the east end of Sylvan Way could begin – we’ll check around mid-morning.
Metro is on its regular schedule
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
373rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: 12th week for automated enforcement cameras; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
And the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.