West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic headlines:
KING COUNTY NUMBERS: First, the latest stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:
*88,786 people have tested positive, 417 more than yesterday’s total
*1,471 people have died, 5 more than yesterday’s total
*5,354 people have been hospitalized, 9 more than yesterday’s total
*975,969 people have been tested, 3,723 more than yesterday’s total
On to our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:
*727,140 people have received one dose
*422,486 people have received both doses
*1,083,085 doses have been allocated to King County (not counting pharmacy programs)
One week ago, the first four totals were 86,536/1,459/5,261/958,183, and the vaccination totals were 628,239/348,784/935,435.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 130.2 million cases, 2,838,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.
COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER’S BRIEFING: In his weekly briefing, Dr. Jeff Duchin warned that “cases and hospitalizations are climbing at a steady pace” and there’s no indication it’ll level off any time soon. He also talked about increasing numbers of variants – more than 600 cases identified so far. And he concluded with an extended baseball analogy, including that “it’s time to rally (against COVID-19) and shut it down for once and for all.”
NEED HELP FINDING A VACCINATION APPOINTMENT? Get in-person help in West Seattle on Saturday.
IF YOU’RE SEARCHING ONLINE – here are links to try:
*Check for West Seattle city-run site appointments here; sign up for the city’s notification list for all four of its sites here.
*Health-care providers (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine (one reader specifically recommends Valley Medical Center), 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
IF YOU NEED TESTING SATURDAY: Remember that the city extended the operations of the West Seattle test site (2801 SW Thistle), so you can still get tested there Saturdays (as well as weekdays).
GOT INFO OR PHOTOS? firstname.lastname@example.org or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!
The new start date for closing Sylvan Way’s east end is part of the weekly preview for the Delridge repaving-and-more project. Here are the main points, from SDOT:
*The Sylvan Way SW intersection closure has been rescheduled to begin as early as April 6. Local access will remain available for Home Depot, Sherwin-Williams, and ampm via the Sylvan Way SW and SW Orchard St intersection.
*Bus stop upgrades are happening throughout the corridor including at SW Hudson St, SW Holly St, SW Myrtle St, SW Graham St, and SW Holden St
*Roadway upgrades on SW Hudson St between Delridge Way SW and 25th Ave SW beginning soon
*The west side of SW Hudson St will be closed as a part of this work
‘*Roadway demolition on the west side of Delridge Way SW between the Longfellow Creek Green Space and SW Graham St is beginning next week
*Potholing for duct bank work resumes next week on the east side of Delridge Way SW between SW Holden St and SW Thistle St
Driving through Alki around sunset, we noticed activity inside the months-closed Il Nido restaurant at the Alki Homestead (2717 61st SW), whose fans have been eagerly awaiting its reopening. Turns out tonight was the night. And something very different – no reservations! Il Nido offers patio and indoor seating, with “aperitivo hour” 4-5 pm, dinner 5-9 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays.
If you or someone you know would like in-person help figuring out how to make a vaccination appointment, the Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church has an event for you tomorrow (Saturday, April 3rd). 2-4:30 pm at the church (2620 SW Kenyon), in partnership with the city, you can get help registering for an appointment. The church asked us to let you know about the opportunity – just show up!
3:59 PM: Beach Drive is blocked just south of Me-Kwa-Mooks because of a crash investigation. And that’s why a helicopter is in the area. Details to come.
4:02 PM: We have learned at the scene that tbe crash killed a motorcycle rider. The SPD Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on this way; Beach Drive will be blocked both sides of the park for hours.
4:28 PM: SPD tells us the collision also involved a motor-vehicle driver who was pulling out of a parking space on the street and “didn’t see” the rider before colliding with him. The rider, police say, is a 60-year-old man. He was riding a scooter-type small motorbike.
6:38 PM: Update from police via SPD Blotter:
At approximately 3:20 p.m., the driver of a sedan parked on the east side of Beach Drive Southwest pulled into the lanes of travel to attempt a U-turn. A man driving a motor scooter traveling north on Beach Drive attempted to avoid the car when it pulled out into traffic, but the two collided. Good Samaritans performed CPR on the 61-year-old victim until Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and took over. SFD pronounced the man deceased at the scene.
We’ll be checking back at the investigation scene soon.
7:48 PM: As first noted in comments, the street is open again – we just drove by.
ADDED: Two more details from an early police-report summary: The “sedan” is an Acura, and an evaluation of its driver showed no signs of intoxication/impairment.
We stopped by the Denny International Middle School/Chief Sealth International High School campus today after “Lunch Lady Doree” Fazio-Young (above left, with Aaron Smith) tweeted about the nutrition team’s seasonal decor.
They’ve made things festive for students throughout the year – fall, winter, now spring.
Meantime, an important note for families – after today, with more students returning to campus, this meal site and others around the district will have new hours starting Monday – opening earlier for grab-and-go food pickup, 10:45 am, continuing every weekday until 1:15 pm. (Sites are listed toward the bottom of this page.) The one meal-delivery bus route in West Seattle will only be in operation on Wednesdays
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today:
ANOTHER CATALYTIC CONVERTER STOLEN: Cole reports, “We had the catalytic converter stolen from our 2009 Kia Sportage last night on Erskine @ Hudson.” As we’ve been noting, this is a type of theft that’s been spiking nationwide, fueled by astronomical prices for a particular metal they use.
LAWN/GARDEN TOOLS STOLEN: Kevin reports this happened after 7 am today near 34th and Morgan, He says the thief was in a black BMW, plate beginning with BDE, and believes they first cased the area yesterday.
11:11 AM: If you are eligible and looking for vaccine, a pop-up clinic tomorrow (Saturday, April 3rd) in West Seattle has openings. The clinic is run by health-care organization Pliable and will be at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way). Organizers say the BIPOC community is the priority but the overarching goal is to make sure the appointments get filled, so they’re open to all. Register here. Note that they will be administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
2:42 PM: Organizers called to tell us this is fully booked.
It’s been a busy week in the West Seattle Jobs Offered section of the WSB Community Forums – 15 new job listings. So this is one of our periodic reminders, in case you didn’t know about this section of our site but are looking for work or looking for workers. Local businesses – West Seattle, White Center, South Park – are welcome to post job listings, free. Go here to see what’s listed; go here to get a login so you can post (not required for reading).
6:07 AM: Good morning! Cloudy forecast today, with a high in the 50s.
ROAD WORK .
Delridge project – Last day of this week’s plan – we’ll find out today if the Sylvan Way closure is indeed on for next week, and more.
SW Yancy closure – The closure between Avalon and 28th is because of the housing-construction project and expected to last three more weeks.
Weekend road work – More 9th/Henderson road panels, plus speed humps for South Park – here’s what’s happening where and when.
Metro is on its regular schedule
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
375th 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.