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PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #5, 8/8/2021

Sunday night brings our weekly roundup of local pandemic updates. First, the newest local numbers.


120,554 people have tested positive – 3,717 more than a week ago (4,235 in West Seattle, up 163)
6,774 people have been hospitalized – 88 more than a week ago (205 in West Seattle, up 3)
1,688 people have died – 6 more than a week ago (65* in West Seattle, down 2 [*data adjustment])


75.7% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .6% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 78.1%
98116 – 84.2%
98126 – 73.5%
98136 – 85.5%
98146 – 72.2%

(More COVID-related King County stats here)


King County briefing: Last Thursday, King County Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin gave another pandemic briefing. Watch it here:

The virus variant known as Delta is fueling the surge, he said, and there’s “a clear trend that hospitalizations are rising” – and the average age of those requiring hospitalization has dropped 10 years since January. Public Health also published this explanatory article with more information about Delta. Meantime. in response to a question, Dr. Duchin said no further restrictions/recommendations are being contemplated right now, but the “everybody wear a mask indoors” recommendation continues.

Governor’s announcement tomorrow: On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee will be at Kaiser Permanente‘s Capitol Hill medical center at 1 pm “to announce new efforts to increase COVID vaccinations in Washington state. The governor will be joined by local elected leaders and health officials to discuss more efforts to increase COVID vaccinations.” This will be streamed on TVW.

Lessons learned from outbreaks: Public Health reports here on three outbreaks and what can be learned from them.


The UW Medicine testing service at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you might not be able to get same-day testing, though – the booking site shows, for example, that Monday slots are all booked. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also till operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.


Go here to see where you can change that.


(Saturday night photo by Bill Schrier)

The National Weather Service has our area under an Excessive Heat Watch alert for Wednesday afternoon through Saturday (August 11-14). So far the forecast highs aren’t near what we saw during that historic heat wave in late June, but we could get well into the 90s, and humidity will be elevated enough to make it feel hotter. Read the entire alert here; see the updated forecast here.

From the ‘dumped-and-possibly-stolen’ file: Recognize this bicycle?

August 8, 2021 7:39 pm
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 |   Seen around town | West Seattle news

The photo and report are from Rosalie in Admiral:

This bike was thrown into our garden. Found this morning.

If it’s yours, email us and we’ll connect you.

WHALES: Southbound orcas in the area

Just in from Kersti Muul, word that transient orcas are back in the area – southbound off Blake Island. Let us know if you see them!

YOU CAN HELP: Lafayette Elementary’s late-summer/fall fundraiser plans

August 8, 2021 3:44 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

With the start of school just weeks away, school-related groups are revving up. That includes PTAs and PTSAs, and other support groups. We have long featured school-related fundraisers, and one PTA – for Lafayette Elementary – has already sent its fall plan:

Lafayette PTA is excited to welcome students back to school on September 1st! We have many opportunities for you to support the Lafayette Elementary School students, staff, and families. Our goal this year is to rebuild our community and provide extra support to help students who have fallen behind academically. Questions? Please email

Shoe Drive Fundraiser: Now until mid-November 2021: The PTA has partnered with Funds2Orgs to raise money for the PTA and repurpose shoes by sending them to developing countries around the world. Please drop off your gently used shoes at West Seattle Runner at 2743 California Ave SW. Our goal is to collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes.

8/31/2021 – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Good Society, 2701 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server)
9/26/2021 – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm – Mission Cantina, 2325 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server; dine-in or take-out)
10/17/2021 – 10:30 am to 10:00 pm – MOD Pizza, 4755 Fauntleroy SW, Ste 150 (please mention Lafayette to the cashier or use promo code “GR191082L” when placing order online for pickup in store)

Boon Supply Online Fundraiser, 9/1/2021-12/31/2021: Lafayette PTA earns 40% of sales when you use this unique link to shop.

If your school group (or other nonprofit) has a fundraiser this year in which the community can participate, please send us the info so we can share the news all around the peninsula – – thank you!

Man found dead in The Junction; police say no ‘suspicious circumstances’

Thanks for the tip. A reader asked about “a body” found in The Junction this morning. We subsequently asked both SPD and SFD about it. The dispatch was just after 7 am, on SW Alaska just east of California. SFD says the 35-year-old man was “deceased on arrival.” SPD says there was “nothing to indicate suspicious circumstances/foul play” so far. Listening to the recording of the fire dispatch, he was found in front of the Starbucks shop, and CPR was used to try to revive him. It’ll be up to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify the man and his cause of death.

DELRIDGE PROJECT: Here’s what’s planned this week

August 8, 2021 12:13 pm
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 |   Delridge | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Delridge Way north of SW Graham)

Southbound Delridge Way SW has reopened between Thistle and Trenton, but other work continues for the paving/utilities/etc. project that’s preparing for the RapidRide H Line conversion next year. Here are the upcoming week’s key ooints spotlighted by the SDOT project team:

*Final channelization and overnight lane striping (began) this weekend at SW Orchard St and SW Andover St. We’ll stripe the remaining sections of the corridor later this month.

*We have started installing the new sidewalk on SW Hudson St and will continue these upgrades through next week,

*We will begin spot sidewalk upgrades between SW Holden St and SW Thistle St on the east side of Delridge Way SW as early as August 12.

*We will also be returning to SW Thistle St to adjust one of the curb ramps in the area later this month.

The full preview of this week’s work is here.

Remembering Kelly T. Garvey, 1948-2021

Family and friends are remembering Kelly T. Garvey, and sharing this remembrance with the community:

Kelly Thomas Garvey was born September 4, 1948 in Seattle to Irene and James Garvey. He was the youngest of 5 children. He attended Holy Rosary for elementary and graduated West Seattle High school in 1966.

Kelly went on to attend the University of Washington. He paused his college degree after one year to enlist in the US Army, where he served his country during the Vietnam War.

After his discharge he returned to the UW to finish up his Degree in Business.

Kelly met and fell in love with Joanne Silver and proposed 2 months later. They married March 18th 1972 and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming March. They built several homes in Normandy Park and became very involved in the community. They have many wonderful memories with friends and family from the 43 years they lived there.

Early on, Kelly realized his passion for a career in real estate. An entrepreneur to the core, Kelly went to open various Windermere Real Estate offices from Burien to Tacoma, all which he owned and managed. He was highly respected and loved in the real estate industry for his extensive knowledge, mentorship, and his humor.

His passion and drive eventually led him to his love for Commercial properties and his biggest work accomplishment was developing and contracting large pieces of property in Thurston and Pierce County within the last 12 years.

Kelly & Joanne gave birth to two beautiful daughters…Jamie Dianne in October of 1976 and then Anne Elizabeth in December of 1981.

Kelly was the perfect “girl” dad. He was Jamie & Annie’s whole world from the time they were little until the time Kelly left this Earth.

Kelly was the proud Pa to 6 grandkids and he lit up every time he was around them. He had a special bond with every one of his grand children, Chase, Reese, Lane, Charley, Blakely and Presley.

8 years ago Kelly & Joanne moved from Normandy Park to Lakeland Hills and Kelly was blessed to live right down the street from both families, and saw his kids and grandkids several times a week. Although Kelly never got biological sons, he got the next best thing with Pete and Austin. Both sons looked up to Kelly as a father, mentor, but also a friend.

Kelly enjoyed fly fishing, Jeopardy, swimming, practical jokes, card games, but overall spending any minute he could with his beloved family. He spent the last 2 years building a home in Suncadia for his family to enjoy and make future memories. He was loved by all for his selflessness, sense of humor and being the most intentional and giving man. A true legacy.

Kelly was a devoted Christian who is now with his Heavenly Father.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to


(Herons in a tree, with tugboat Garth Foss passing. July photo by Dan Ciske)

Good morning – here are notes for the hours ahead:

ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: The Highland Park Way/West Marginal intersection work is scheduled until 1 pm again today, and northbound 26th SW is closed between Roxbury and Barton.

CHURCHES: Many continue streaming, in place of – or in addition to – in-person services. Here are the newest links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services. (We’ll continue updating that list each Sunday for as long as a significant number of streaming services continue.)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)

LOW-ISH LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Second-to-last chance this summer to get exploration advice from a Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalist! Tide is out to -1.7 feet at 11:33 am; naturalists will be at Constellation and Lincoln Parks 10 am-noon.

SUNDAY RUN CLUB: Noon at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) – info in our calendar listing.

LIVE MUSIC @ C & P: Damon Buxton plays guitar music, 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 8 pm to 1 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW; WSB sponsor).

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

Event listings welcome – – thank you!