West Seattle, Washington
After a third week of reduced restriction, it’s time to again check where key local numbers stand, via the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard. Cases are up for a second week, but hospitalizations and deaths continue trending downward:
*51 percent more cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 281 new daily cases countywide (up from 183 when we checked a week ago)
*23 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 3 new hospitalizations daily (down from 4 a week ago)
*38 percent fewer deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 2 deaths daily (down from 3 a week ago)
For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge):
*157 cases between 3/14 and 3/28, up from 140 between 2/27 and 3/13
*4 hospitalizations between 3/14 and 3/28, up from 3 between 2/27 and 3/13
*No deaths between 3/14 and 3/28, down from 1 between 2/27 and 3/13
And checking vaccination rates:
*80.4 percent of all King County residents have completed the series (up .1% from a week ago)
*85.2 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the series (up .2% from a week ago)
*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 – 87.5% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98116 – 92.2% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98126 – 83% (unchanged from a week earlier)
98136 – 93.2% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98146 – 82.2% (up .1% from a week earlier)
VACCINATION AND TESTING: Although the city’s West Seattle clinic has permanently closed, you can still find vaccination locations via this statewide lookup. If you want to get tested and don’t have a kit at home, public testing sites include the city-supported site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle, 9 am-5:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays), the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW, 7:30 am-3 pm Monday-Friday), and the Curative van at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury, 8 am-noon Tuesday-Friday).
Sent by George:
When I was out of town, someone tried to break into my house on 35th Ave SW just south of Camp Long. They tried to remove the window frame (odd), and also tried to remove the door frame around my basement door. Neither attempt was successful. My alarm wasn’t triggered because of how they tried to break in. I filed a police report, but wanted to alert everyone in the area to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
The photos and report are from Sean:
First, I saw this chair fall out of am moving truck around 10 am today on Charlestown near 48th. I moved the chair to the sidewalk afterward. I then found this toolbox a block away on the side of the road. This does contain tools that the owner may wish to see again. If someone can properly describe the contents, I will get it to them.
If one or both of these items might be yours, email us – email@example.com – and we’ll connect you.
Thanks to local photographers sharing their work, we are able today to present another gallery of West Seattle birds! First, seabirds – above, a Horned Grebe photographed by Matt Olson at Duwamish Head, where he also saw this Red-necked Grebe:
From Jim Clark, Mergansers at Seola Pond:
James Tilley, from afar, photographed a Great Blue Heron hunting for food along Alki:
He also sent this photo of a Pileated Woodpecker at Lincoln Park:
Elsewhere in Lincoln Park, Anthony Beas took this photo – can you ID the bird?
Hummingbirds are popular subjects – Sarah Miller saw this Rufous:
And from Jerry Simmons, an Anna’s:
Barred Owls also have drawn a lot of attention lately. Marc Fendel photographed this one:
And we can’t resist publishing one more photo of the owl who photogenically hung out in an Admiral cherry tree all day – this one is from Alex Anderson:
One more big “thank you” to everyone who shares photos, from birds to breaking news and beyond – firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to send them if it’s not urgent, or text 206-293-6302 if it is!
12:28 PM: Could get windy starting early tomorrow morning, the National Weather Service says, so it has our area under a Wind Advisory alert for 2 am to 8 pm Monday. According to the alert, “Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected.” So far the full forecast suggests the strongest gusts are due Monday afternoon.
ADDED EARLY MONDAY: The NWS moved the alert two hours earlier, so it took effect at midnight. If you see or experience weather trouble – power outage, downed tree, etc. – please let us know after you’ve notified authorities – texting 206-293-6302 is always the fastest way to reach us – thank you!
While real trains are still ~10 years away, cardboard light-rail trains are being clutched by kids at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market today, part of the freebies at Sound Transit‘s info table. Both ST and SDOT have tables at the market today, we noticed while walking through, so if you have questions for either transportation agency, this is an opportunity to get answers. ST of course is focused on the 25 days remaining to get your comment in about the West Seattle light rail Draft Environmental Impact Statement, while SDOT is mostly there to talk about commuting alternatives. Both tables are on the east side of the market, closer to the north end than the south end. As always, the market is open until 2 pm.
10:30 AM: An early-morning fire damaged that house in the 9000 block of 17th SW. The initial callout was just after 6 am; firefighters were still on scene a few hours later. They tell us no one was hurt – everyone got OK – but there’s too much damage for them to be able to go back inside. SFD investigators are looking into the cause. SFD is keeping an engine there for a while on “fire watch,” in case of flare-ups.
11:50 AM: As posted in comments, Chris recorded this (update: click here for video) while the fire was burning:
We’re still waiting to hear back from SFD on what investigators found.
1:17 PM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB that investigators ruled the fire “accidental,” ignited by a candle. Damage is estimated at $230,000. (SFD recently published this advice about candle/incense safety.)
Here’s our list of what’s happening today, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BOOSTERS-ONLY CLINIC: Local providers Pliable are offering a boosters-only COVID vaccine clinic 8 am-noon at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW), walk-ins welcome – info in our preview.
CHURCHES: Many West Seattle churches are continuing online services, with most resuming in-person too – here’s our weekly update on 20+ churches.
DONATION-ONLY YOGA CLASS: 9 am at Jet City Labs (4546 California SW) – details in our calendar listing.
WEST MARGINAL CLEANUP: 10 am-noon, adults only – equipment/bags provided but if you have your own stick/bucket, bring it! Meet at Həʔapus Village Park, 4500 Duwamish Trail.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – at the weekly WSFM (WSB sponsor). (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
ARTSWEST MATINEE: ArtsWest‘s play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” continues this afternoon, 3:00 pm, in the theater at 4711 California SW. Tickets available here.
CAKE POP-UP: Lovely & Dapper Desserts at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 3 pm-6 pm.
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: New time, 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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