West Seattle, Washington
Here’s where the pandemic stands tonight, locally:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*102,756 people have tested positive, 230 more than yesterday’s total
*1,559 people have died, 5 more than yesterday’s total
*6,030 people have been hospitalized, 24 more than yesterday’s total
*1,065,311 people have been tested, 706 more than yesterday’s total
ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 100,455/1,542/5,935/1,054,882.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 162.5 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,369,000 people have died; U.S. deaths exceed 585,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Turkey (unchanged again this week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
VACCINATED IN THE JUNCTION: In two and a half hours, today’s vaccination pop-up in The Junction served 93 people. The incentive:
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Another annual event is returning after skipping last year – Bike Everywhere Day (formerly “Bike to Work Day”) is next Friday, May 21st, and West Seattle Bike Connections plans a “commute station” on the path beneath the West Seattle Bridge for the first time since pre-pandemic. They’ll be there with partner groups/agencies between 6 am and 9 am, as detailed in our calendar listing, with bike checks, simple repairs, and info on riding routes. If you’re out riding – or walking! – that morning, stop by.
If you’re looking for work, you might find it in the West Seattle Jobs Offered section of the WSB Community Forums. It’s where local businesses can post job openings, free. Newly posted in just the past three days:
In case you didn’t know about this section of our site but are looking for work or looking for workers, we publish a reminder like this periodically. 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). If you’re posting a job listing, please remember to include contact info in your post so potential candidates can reach you directly – thank you!
While in The Junction this morning to cover the vaccination pop-up, we saw this in the window at Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW):
As the note on the right says, they’re overhauling the menu as well as the space at this Junction fixture. But there’s more to the sign on the left – not only is The Alley open in the space behind Be’s, it’s also hosting live music again. We’ve received an announcement from Jeff Ferguson on behalf of the Triangular Jazztet:
Live music returns to the Junction this Sunday at The Alley, where barmaster Cory is sure to delight and surprise with his custom designed cocktails (or just an old fashioned Old Fashioned). There will be two shows at 8 and 9 pm with no cover. Seating is limited and masks required while moving about the premises.
Meantime, we’ll be checking with the ownership about the timeline for reopening Be’s.
The report and photos are from West Seattle Garden Tour president Jeff Daley:
The West Seattle Garden Tour has missed not being able to hold our garden tour these past two years, which has kept us from being able to sponsor local beneficiaries. Today we were happy to once again come together as a group and support the local gardening community. This morning we helped tend the garden of one of our previous beneficiaries, the Seattle Chinese Garden.
Wishing everyone happy gardening, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022
The garden is open daily on the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus on Puget Ridge.
10:49 AM: Last night’s fire in a West Seattle Junction condo building (WSB coverage here) has turned deadly. Last night, City Councilmember Lorena González disclosed the fire broke out in her building – and today, she has announced that the 79-year-old woman who was pulled from the burning unit was her mother-in-law and did not survive. Her statement, received by email:
My family is deeply saddened to share that last night we said goodbye to my 79-year old mother-in-law, Mary Lou Williams, who passed away after sustaining significant injuries from a fire in her condo unit located just two floors above our condo. My husband Cameron and his brother Carlos have lost their beloved mother and my daughter Nadia has lost her Grandma. Our loss is unimaginable. She was a member of the West Seattle Senior Center, where she often taught art classes and sold her own art. Her artistic ability was incredible and we live in a home with her art and memories on every wall.
“Thank you to the Harborview Medical Center nurses, doctors, therapists and other staff for doing everything you could to help our family and allowing us to be at her bedside the entire time. We know our first responders and all the medical staff did everything they could to make her comfortable.
“While our unit was spared, our building is uninhabitable. We are staying with friends while we assess our long term housing plans and assess the physical damage to our home. We are sustained by the outpouring of love and support, and offers of housing and basics from all of you during this devastating time. We appreciate your understanding as we embark on our journey to grieve and celebrate the life and memory of one of our matriarchs, our sweet Mary Lou.”
The statement adds, “Council President González and her family ask for privacy at this time as they grieve the loss of their family member and evaluate damage done at their home.” Last night she said she, her husband, and their daughter were not home when the fire started. SFD is investigating its cause.
11:51 AM: SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo says, “I spoke to our fire investigators and they determined the fire was accidental and likely caused by an electrical failure. “
10:29 AM: That’s the setup at the West Seattle Junction vaccination pop-up, on until 1 pm. One table signs you up, the next table is the inoculation station, then you get your Husky Deli coupon – until they hit 100 – and you’re on your way. The line is along the north end of the parking lot and then northward to 42nd/Oregon.
This is among the first of the pop-up clinics the city’s Mobile Vaccination Team is having around the city, in hopes that making vaccination more convenient will continue boosting the numbers of people who get vaccinated.
12:15 PM: No line, per commenter.
1:04 PM: Final count was 93 in two and half hours, reports Lora Radford of the West Seattle Junction Association.
Another sunny day, with a lot going on!
TRAFFIC ALERT: Sidewalk work is planned on the west side of West Marginal Way, north of the Duwamish Longhouse, 8 am-3 pm.
HIGH POINT VACCINATION POP-UP: At Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW) with Pliable, 8 am start (check the appointment page for updated end time), Pfizer vaccine, so ages 12+ are eligible.
PLANT SALE FOR LUNG CANCER: 9 am-3 pm, 3703 SW 107th, encore day for Lung Force Walk-benefiting sale that started last weekend – details here.
BLOCK SALE FOR ANIMALS: 9 am-3 pm, down the block from the plant sale, you’ll find a huge yard sale raising money for PAWS Walk – details here.
JUNCTION VACCINATION POP-UP: First West Seattle pop-up by the city’s Mobile Vaccination Team, in partnership with the Junction Association, 10 am-1 pm in the 42nd SW parking lot just south of SW Oregon. Coupons for free Husky Deli ice-cream cones for the first 100 to get vaccinated. Your choice of all three vaccines, so ages 12+ are eligible.
SOLSTICE P-PATCH PLANT SALE: 10 am-3 pm, come support the P-Patch and its Giving Garden by buying plants/starts raised by the gardeners! 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW – details in our calendar listing.
FURRY FACES FOUNDATION PLANT SALE: 11 am-4 pm at 3809 46th SW, this pets-and-people-advocacy group is reviving its legendary annual plant sale for the first time in 6 years. As noted in our calendar listing, you might encounter some live music too.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Though the official public reopening isn’t until next Friday, if you’re a Southwest Seattle Historical Society member, you’re welcome to visit the home of West Seattle’s history today (noon-4 pm, 61st/Stevens). Details here.
WEST SEATTLE SKYLINK VOLUNTEERING: The gondola advocates are starting a new phase of community outreach and inviting volunteer support – meet at noon at Dakota Place Park (California/Dakota).
‘INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE’: 5:30 pm online celebration to support the West Seattle Food Bank, with silent auction (bid now!) and live auction (pre-bid now!) – links for watching and registering are in our Friday preview.
‘PAPER TIGERS’ + Q&A AT ADMIRAL: As previewed here, the 6:30 pm showing of the new Seattle-set/filmed movie “The Paper Tigers” at The Admiral Theater (2343 California SW) will be followed by Q&A with its editor, West Seattle resident Kris Kristensen.
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