West Seattle, Washington
In the wake of this week’s major announcements about end dates for mask requirements and vaccination verification, we checked countywide and West Seattle trends via the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard.
*42 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 798 new daily cases countywide (down from 1,415 when we last checked a week and a half ago)
*5 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 22 new hospitalizations daily (down from 29 a week and a half ago)
*13 percent fewer deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard didn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 7 new deaths daily (down from 8 a week and a half ago)
For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons:
*559 cases between 1/31 and 2/14, down from 1,618 between 1/16 and 1/30
*8 hospitalizations between 1/31 and 2/14, down from 15 between 1/16 and 1/30
*2 deaths between 1/31 and 2/14, down from 6 between 1/16 and 1/30
And checking vaccination rates for the first time in a while:
*79.5 percent of all King County residents have completed the series
*84.1 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the series
*In West Seattle, here are the zip-code vaccination rates for ages 5 and up (note that 98106 and 98146 are not entirely within WS):
98106 – 86.2%
98116 – 91.6%
98126 – 82.2%
98136 – 92.6%
98146 – 80.7%
That’s the entrance courtyard at Lafayette Elementary (California/Lander), meeting place tomorrow morning (Sunday, February 20th) for a community cleanup. Organizer Erik Bell says it’ll be “family-friendly,” heading around the block, onto the playground, over to Hiawatha, and around Safeway, further if time/turnout allow. Logistics: “Vests, gloves , buckets, and pickup sticks will be provided and we’ll transfer all the trash into Seattle Public Utilities bags for pickup.” Erik notes that this is also a great opportunity if a teen in your household needs service hours. Official time is 10 am to noon, but if you can’t spare all two hours, no problem, show up for what you can – supplies will await you in the aforementioned courtyard if you can’t get there right at the start. Erik’s contact number is in our calendar listing.
Thanks to Meagan for sending the tip that the Benbow Room‘s sign is up at 4210 SW Admiral Way. It’s been seven months since we broke the news that West Seattle restaurant/bar entrepreneur Mark Fuller (Ma’ono, Supreme, New Luck Toy) was taking over the space and reviving its historic identity. Besides the sign, the liquor-license application also suggests the Benbow is approaching opening time; we have an inquiry out to find out its status (and also who created the sign!).
Updates on the West Seattle High School basketball teams’ games at district playoffs:
GIRLS: They lost their past two games – Lake Washington today, 69-41; top-ranked Garfield on Thursday, 76-50 – but still have at least one more game to go, at regionals. That matchup is TBA.
BOYS: After two losses – 65-54 vs. Seattle Prep last night, 68-56 vs. Lake Washington on Tuesday – they’re out.
No official advisory about it, but the forecast today says wind gusts could get up to 40 mph – and so it’s a good idea to keep everything charged. Even more interesting in the forecast, the possibility of snow showers Monday night, at least on the hilltops. February snow, of course, is not unusual – last year we had some in mid-February. And winter officially has four weeks remaining.
10:09 AM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” arriving in the 2200 block of SW Barton [map]. Updates to come.
10:12 AM: Barton is closed between Delridge and 24th SW for this response. Firefighters are telling dispatch the fire is on the building’s third floor.
10:19 AM: SFD confirms it’s a “working fire” in an apartment building and their crews have water on it. The road closure is now extending west to 25th/Barton.
10:28 AM: One person is reported injured and will be taken to Harborview. Our crew has just arrived and says people have been evacuated from the building and a Metro bus is being used for them to shelter.
10:39 AM: They’re still working to extinguish the fire and to confirm that it hasn’t spread beyond the third floor. We also just heard a mention that a cat’s been rescued. Also, our crew reports some people are getting oxygen.
10:45 AM: Fire has been declared under control.
11:01 AM: No word yet on how this started, but SFD’s investigator is on scene. SFD says at least three people have been treated for injuries. This is a 40+-unit complex built in 1968, according to property records.
11:28 AM: At the scene, SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley told us five people were hurt – including a man who jumped from a balcony just as firefighters were arriving. He did not need to be taken to the hospital. Two of the four others did. SFD is not sure yet whether anyone will be displaced beyond the resident of the unit where the fire started.
11:53 AM: The Red Cross is assisting those who need it. Meantime, we’ll be checking back periodically on the street-closure situation but continue avoiding the area as a significant SFD presence is likely to continue a while – the incident log shows more than a dozen units still on scene for this call.
12:31 PM: SFD has told dispatch they’re working with property management to determine who can return to their apartments.
1:30 PM: Roads are reopening, police have told dispatch.
2:05 PM: Per Metro alert, area buses are back to their regular routes.
Welcome to the weekend!
TRAFFIC ALERT: SDOT work announced for today:
At the Highland Park Way SW and West Marginal Way SW intersection, we’ll be working to replace the signal cabinet, which houses the signal control equipment at the intersection. During this work, we’ll need to turn off the signal for a period of time. We’ll have someone directing traffic at the intersection to make sure traffic is moving efficiently during this work. We’ll start as early as 5 am and expect to be done by 1 pm on Saturday.
(Check the camera for that intersection here.)
NEW BUS STOPS: Heading to or from the south end of downtown? Two new bus stops open today, near Alaskan Way/Jackson, as we reported Friday.
VACCINATION POP-UP AT THE Y: Noon-4 pm, get vaccinated or boosted at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor)
WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 7 pm, Dan Lundin with Steve Heggem at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 7 pm, Asterhouse, Apology Wars, Cashing In Karma will rock you. Tickets here. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA’: The world-premiere play at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) is in its final weekend – next performance at 7:30 tonight. Read about it here; buy your tickets here.
WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW: With Dolly Madison, at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
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