West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic notes:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the King County Daily Summary Dashboard page, the cumulative totals:
*102,989 people have tested positive, 233 more than yesterday’s total
*1,559 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*6,041 people have been hospitalized, 11 more than yesterday’s total
*1,068,166 people have been tested, 2,855 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 101,099/1,542/5,949/1,056,877.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday is the night for our weekly check. These numbers are shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the countywide daily-summary dashboard; to determine WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 114 positive test results; 174 in the 2 weeks before that; 150 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: 67, unchanged again this week. And a look at hospitalizations: 190 total have been attributed to people in the two West Seattle HRAs since the start of the pandemic, none recorded in the past week.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 158.3 million cases and 3,293,000+ deaths, 581,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here
SUPERMARKET MASK POLICIES: You’ve probably heard about national chains like Trader Joe’s and Costco. Two regional chains with West Seattle stores have loosened their mask policies too – here’s what Metropolitan Market says on its website:
With the recent announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning mask usage, and guidance from local officials, fully-vaccinated customers and team members now have the option to choose whether or not to wear a mask within our stores. According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson). Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are still required to wear a mask or face covering while in our stores.
PCC‘s announcement is shorter:
Starting [May 14th], following the guidance of the CDC, shoppers are not required to wear masks for entry into PCC’s 15 locations. The co-op supports CDC guidelines that masks must be worn indoors by those not fully vaccinated. All PCC staff are still required to wear masks.
VACCINATION SITUATION: Seattle Public Schools starts campus clinics this week at high schools, middle schools, and K-8 schools.
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Police say a shoplift-turned-robbery happened early this morning at the South Delridge 7-11. Their preliminary summary says two females were inside the store just before 7 am when one “grabbed a pack of aluminum foil and concealed it in her pocket.” The clerk confrontd her; she “threw a couple of punches at the employee. The punches missed the employee.” At that point, because of the use of force, the situation became a robbery. The two females left the store; police were called and searched the area but didn’t find them. No further description in the report; police were attempting to obtain surveillance video.
Though we’ve been hearing from, and about, candidates for months, nobody’s officially on the ballot until they formally file to run – and the official Filing Week starts tomorrow. Here’s the reminder from King County Elections:
Candidates looking to run for office this year will have the opportunity to put their name on the ballot during the upcoming filing week of May 17 through May 21, 2021.
King County Elections is strongly encouraging all candidates to file online. Online filing opens at 9 am on May 17 and is open 24 hours a day until 4 pm on May 21.
In-person assistance will be available for those who need it at King County Elections Headquarters in Renton. Those who do come in person will be required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. One can be provided, if needed. Candidates in need of assistance can also call 206-296-1565.
As the COVID-19 situation continues in our community, we will not be accommodating large groups or photo opportunities inside the facility.
Candidates can also file by mail. Mailed filings must be received no later than 4:30 pm on May 21, regardless of postmark.
The final deadline to withdraw one’s name from the ballot is 4:30 pm on Monday, May 24.
An updated list of candidate filings will be posted by noon and by 6 p.m. each day until the filing week ends. The list will be finalized following the withdrawal deadline.
There are many offices subject to election this year, including county and city level offices, school boards, and special purpose districts. You can find the complete list of offices subject to election in King County on our website here.
Candidates can sign up for notifications by email or text to get alerts about deadlines and other candidate-related information. Candidates looking for more information, please visit our website or call 206-296-1565.
In advance of filing week, candidates and ballot-measure advocates/opponents have registered campaigns with entities such as the city Ethics and Election Commission – see those lists here – and state Public Disclosure Commission – see those lists here.
Mark Wangerin photographed the next two – a Red-breasted Sapsucker:
And a Bewick’s Wren (click the link and listen to the audio – they’re singing everywhere):
Gentle McGaughey perfectly captured the distinctive “hairstyle” sported by Steller’s Jays:
Trileigh Tucker photographed this Band-Tailed Pigeon:
This Crow at a feeder is from Michelle Green Arnson:
James Tilley photographed the next two – the celebrity Bald Eagle “Bey”:
And an Osprey with a snack:
We conclude this gallery with a Willow Flycatcher, which Lawrence Heeren says is the first one he’s seen in 21 years in West Seattle:
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Chief Sealth International High School
1st dose: Monday, May 17
2nd dose: Monday, June 7
West Seattle High School
1st dose: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18
2nd dose: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 8
1st dose: 2 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 21
2nd dose: 2 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 11
Louisa Boren STEM K-8
1st dose: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 20
2nd dose: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 10
1st dose: 2 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 20
2nd dose: 2 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 10
Denny International Middle School
1st dose: Monday, May 24
2nd dose: Tuesday, June 15
1st dose: Thursday, May 27
2nd dose: Friday, June 18
Madison Middle School
1st dose: Tuesday, May 25
2nd dose: Tuesday, June 15
If the specific time isn’t listed, that should have been – or will be – sent to families via email. Signed parent/guardian consent forms are required; they’re available in seven languages, all linked here.
10:09 AM: The photos show the exterior and interior views of the damage West Bay Coffee and Smoothies had to deal with this morning after an early-morning burglary.
The drive-up/ride-up/walk-up stand is at 2255 Harbor Avenue SW. We’re following up to see if anything was taken that people could be on the lookout for.
12:14 PM: They’ve confirmed that the stand is open today – just had to start the day with a major cleanup.
Here’s what’s happening for your Sunday:
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: As we do every Sunday, we’ve updated our list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (some offer in-person options too), with the newest links – see it here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: New offerings every week this time of year at the Farmers’ Market, open 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. 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)’
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The official public reopening isn’t until Friday, but if you’re a Southwest Seattle Historical Society member, you can visit the home of West Seattle’s history today (noon-4 pm, 61st/Stevens). Details here.
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)
LIVE MUSIC: At The Alley, behind 4509 California SW, the Triangular Jazztet plays two sets tonight, 8 pm and 9 pm.
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