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CORONAVIRUS: More new cases in Seattle Public Schools this week than last

This week’s report about COVID-19 cases at Seattle Public Schools shows more new cases than the previous week, 70 newly reported among the district’s 90+. schools, up from 45 new cases in last Monday’s update. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, cumulative school-year totals plus the changes from a week earlier:

Denny International Middle School – 21, up 1
Chief Sealth International High School – 20, unchanged
Highland Park Elementary – 13, up 2
Roxhill Elementary – 12, unchanged
Arbor Heights Elementary – 11, up 3
Madison Middle School – 11, up 1
Genesee Hill Elementary – 11, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 9, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 8, up 2
West Seattle Elementary – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 8, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 7, up 1
Pathfinder K-8 – 4, up 1
Alki Elementary – 4, up 1
Sanislo Elementary – 4, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 4, unchanged
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #20, 11/21/2021

Here’s our every-Sunday-night update on local pandemic stats and notes.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday, since they’re not updated on weekends):

*171,007 cases – 2,125 more than a week ago (6,042 total in West Seattle, up 27)
*8,699 hospitalizations – 83 more than a week ago (257 total from West Seattle, unchanged)
*2,066 people have died – 16 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, unchanged)

VACCINATION RATE

King County is now making stats available for ages 5+, so we’re switching to counting that as of this week:
77% of King County residents 5+ have completed their vaccine series

By West Seattle zip code – note that these numbers are NOT yet available as 5+, so they reflect 12+:
98106 – 86%
98116 – 89.5%
98126 – 81.5%
98136 – 90.9%
98146 – 81.6%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

Boosters – Now available for everyone 18 and up, as explained in this state Health Department announcement.

‘Disability-friendly’ kids’ clinic – Announced at week’s end, “an upcoming disability-friendly COVID vaccine clinic in West Seattle, specifically for kids ages 5-11, scheduled for November 28 (with the 2nd dose event on Dec 19th). You must register for an appointment in advance. The nurses for this pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic are trained and skilled in working with kids with disabilities. They will have a separate area for kids with sensory needs. In-car vaccination may be possible if requested in advance. You can request accommodations through their online contact form.” It’s set for 8:30 am-4:30 pm next Sunday at Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. Register here.

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

VACCINATION: Today’s school clinic now open to all 5-to-11-year-olds

Update from one of today’s vaccination clinics – the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) clinic is no longer restricted to SPS students – ALL 5-to-11-year-olds are welcome, no appointments needed. Just be there before 3 pm.

VACCINATIONS: City’s West Seattle clinic gets mayoral visit; plus, another Saturday pop-up for 5-to-11-year-olds

Two notes about local COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

(WSB photo, this afternoon)

ANOTHER MAYORAL VISIT: Less than a month after visiting Neighborhood House High Point to announce a vaccination clinic would open there, Mayor Jenny Durkan returned today to tout its success. While the visit was announced before the news that the feds are authorizing boosters for all adults, Durkan took the occasion to hail that too. The High Point clinic is operated Fridays and Saturdays (here’s the appointment link), with Pliable as the provider – those are Pliable’s founders Nicole Warner and Tara Biller, both West Seattleites, above with the mayor. We asked them if they’re planning to add days of operation now that so many people are eligible for boosters; they said that’s up to the city and they hadn’t heard of anything yet. (P.S. The mayor had another unrelated West Seattle stop after that – that story later- and if you missed our coverage of her education-themed visit yesterday, that story’s here)

SATURDAY EVENING POP-UP KID CLINIC: Also at Neighborhood House High Point, but operated separately, a pop-up clinic is planned 5 pm-6:30 pm Saturday for 5-to-11-year-olds, with a second-dose follow-up clinic in three weeks. Here’s the announcement from Public Health Seattle-King County:

West Seattle COVID-19 Pop-Up Clinic
PEDIATRICS ONLY
Ages 5 to <12 years old only Pediatric Pfizer available for this clinic FDA Pediatric Pfizer (5 to <12) Fact Sheet

Neighborhood House High Point
6400 Sylvan Way SW

DOSE 1
Saturday November 20th
5 PM-630 PM

SIGN UP HERE FOR DOSE 1: prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/4012174969

DOSE 2
Saturday, December 11th
5 PM-630 PM

AND…SIGN UP HERE for DOSE 2: https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/7946704129

Again, the clinic for kids tomorrow night is separate from the daytime city-run clinic, so be sure to use the unique link above if you’re interested in that one.

VACCINATIONS: Extra appointments available for 5-to-11-year-olds at city’s West Seattle clinic this Friday, Saturday, too.

We reported yesterday on extra appointment availabilities at this Saturday’s Madison Middle School clinic for local Seattle Public Schools students ages 5 to 11 whose parents want them vaccinated against COVID-19. Tonight, we just got word from the city that extra appointments are available for all children in that range this Friday and Saturday (November 19-20) at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW). Go here to make an appointment. Side note, Mayor Durkan is expected to visit the clinic tomorrow afternoon to commemorate its success – more than 4,000 doses administered to children and adults since opening October 29th, though it’s open just two days a week.

VACCINATIONS: Appointments available at Saturday clinic for 5-to-11-year-old Seattle Public Schools students

If you’re still looking for COVID-19 vaccination availability for your 5-to-11-year-old(s), appointments remain for the next Seattle Public Schools regional clinic in West Seattle, 9 am-3 pm Saturday (November 20th) at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW). It’s open to all SPS students in that age range, and an update sent to school health-care providers today says “many appointments (are) available and walk-ins are OK too” – the clinic has capacity for about 800 vaccinations to be administered that day. You can make an appointment by going here. Districtwide, today’s message to providers says, 28 total clinics – regional and individual scholols – have vaccinated 4,330 students.

CORONAVIRUS: Weekly total of new cases in Seattle Public Schools drops again

This week’s update of COVID-19 cases in Seattle Public Schools shows 25 percent fewer new cases than a week earlier – 45 newly reported cases this time, among the district’s 90+. schools, down from 59 new cases in last week’s update. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, and the changes from a week earlier:

Denny International Middle School – 20, up 1
Chief Sealth International High School – 20, up 1
Roxhill Elementary – 12, unchanged
Genesee Hill Elementary – 11, unchanged
Highland Park Elementary – 11, unchanged
Madison Middle School – 10, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 9, up 3
West Seattle Elementary – 8, unchanged
Arbor Heights Elementary – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 8, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 6, up 1
Concord International (Elementary) – 6, unchanged
Sanislo Elementary – 4, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 4, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 3, up 1
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #19, 11/14/2021

Here’s our every-Sunday-night update on local pandemic stats and news.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday, since they’re not updated on weekends):

*168,882 cases – 2,210 more than a week ago (6,015 total in West Seattle, up 81)
*8,616 hospitalizations – 85 more than a week ago (257 total from West Seattle, up 4)
*2,050 people have died – 16 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, unchanged again this week)

VACCINATION RATE

83.7% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .4% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 85.5%
98116 – 89.2%
98126 – 81.1%
98136 – 90.6%
98146 – 81.1%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

State health officials’ briefing – State Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah led a briefing on Wednesday – here’s the video:

Among the toplines: More than 10 million doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in our state. Cases are “stable” statewide, though at a “high level.” That includes all age groups, kids too.

Vaccinations for kids – The eligibility of 5-to-11-year-olds continues to be in the spotlight. Seattle Public Schools has started its clinics (see the schedule here); the city’s new West Seattle clinic is administering vaccine to children but does not currently appear to have appointments available.

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

VACCINE: Pathfinder K-8 clinic has kid doses available for walkups right now

4:08 PM: We’ve received two notes about this: Though today’s Pathfinder K-8 COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic was described on the district website as “full,” we’re told hundreds of doses for 5-to-11-year-olds are available to walkups until 6 pm. The school is on Pigeon Point qt 1901 SW Genesee.

4:15 PM: The district confirms this. But they have 5:30 pm as an end time, while the clinic was originally listed as lasting until 6 pm. (Added: A school employee tells us 6 pm is correct.)

CORONAVIRUS: 59 more cases in weekly Seattle Public Schools update, fewer than a week earlier

This week’s update of COVID-19 cases in Seattle Public Schools shows fewer new cases than a week earlier – 59 newly reported cases among the district’s 90+. schools, down from 65 new cases in last week’s update. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, with the changes compared to what was on the dashboard last week – as always, the totals are cumulative for the entire school year so far:

Denny International Middle School – 19, unchanged
Chief Sealth International High School – 19, unchanged
Roxhill Elementary – 12, up 1
Genesee Hill Elementary – 11, up 1
Highland Park Elementary – 11, up 1
Madison Middle School – 10, up 1
West Seattle Elementary – 8, up 3
Arbor Heights Elementary – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 8, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 6, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 6, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 5, up 2
Sanislo Elementary – 4, up 1
West Seattle High School – 4, unchanged
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 2, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged

In discussion following last week’s report, a commenter reported that four cases attributed to the IN/Tandem program elsewhere on the dashboard were from the program’s location at the old Roxhill Elementary site. This week, one more case is attributed to that program, but we don’t know whether that case also has a local link. Meantime, now that vaccination is authorized for children 5-11, the district is offering clinics – dates, times, locations, and registration links are all here.

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #18, 11/7/2021

Sunday night brings our weekly update on local pandemic stats and news.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):

*166,672 cases – 2,453 more than a week ago (5,934 total in West Seattle, up 72)
*8,531 hospitalizations – 104 more than a week ago (253 total from West Seattle, up 5)
*2,034 people have died – 27 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, unchanged)

VACCINATION RATE

83.3% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .4% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 85%
98116 – 88.7%
98126 – 80.7%
98136 – 90.4%
98146 – 80.8%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

Vaccinations for kids – On Tuesday, the feds authorized the Pfizer vaccine for 5-to-11-year-olds, and our state concurred Wednesday. Many clinics started administering it by week’s end, including the city clinic in West Seattle, but appointments are required. In comments, readers mentioned where they were finding appointments.

Seattle Public Schools clinics – The district set regional clinics for all SPS students and school-day clinics that are only for the students of the schools where they are held. Here’s the updated list of days, times, and locations.

County health officer’s briefing – Dr.Jeff Duchin held a briefing/Q&A session on Thursday – see it here.

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

CORONAVIRUS: CDC gives final OK to Pfizer vaccine for 5-to-11-year-olds; where to find it locally

5:48 PM: Now that CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has given her OK to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11, parents can start arranging to get their kids vaccinated. We’ll be building a West Seattle list and appreciate any tips. For starters, we’re checking with the operators of the city’s newly opened West Seattle vaccine clinic – open Fridays and Saturdays – who told us at the launch announcement last week that they expected to be ready to go when pediatric clearance was given. We’ll add whatever we find out – updates to come!

ADDED: Alice says Walgreens is making appointments for kid vaccinations.

ADDED WEDNESDAY: The city says its clinics, which would include the one at Neighborhood House, will start vaccinating newly eligible children this weekend – by appointment only. Here’s the appointment link.

ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Thanks for the continued tips. A parent just scheduled through Bartell Drugs in White Center and says CVS (which has a location in Burien) plans to start offering vaccine appointments for that age group on Sunday. … Also, Seattle Public Schools has just announced vaccine clinics including three at West Seattle schools – details are here.

CORONAVIRUS: 65 new cases in Seattle Public Schools, similar to previous week

This week’s update of COVID-19 cases in Seattle Public Schools shows an increase similar to a week earlier – 65 newly reported cases among the district’s 90+. schools, down a bit from the 68 new cases reported a week earlier. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, with the changes compared to what was on the dashboard last week – again, the numbers are cumulative for the entire school year so far:

Denny International Middle School – 19, up 1
Chief Sealth International High School – 19, up 1
Roxhill Elementary – 11, up 1
Genesee Hill Elementary – 10, up 2
Highland Park Elementary – 10, unchanged
Madison Middle School – 9, up 1
Arbor Heights Elementary – 8, up 2
Lafayette Elementary – 8, up 1
Gatewood Elementary – 6, up 1
Concord International (Elementary) – 6, up 1
West Seattle Elementary – 5, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 4, up 1
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 3, up 1
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, up 1
Sanislo Elementary – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 2, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged

Statewide, most school outbreaks have been relatively small, according to this new report.

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #17, 10/31/2021

Sunday night brings our weekly update on local pandemic stats and news.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):

*164,219 cases – 2,813 more than a week ago (5,862 total in West Seattle, up 93)
*8,427 hospitalizations – 83 more than a week ago (248 total from West Seattle, up 3)
*2,007 people have died – 37 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, up 1)

VACCINATION RATE

82.9% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .5% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 84.5%
98116 – 88.4%
98126 – 80.2%
98136 – 89.9%
98146 – 80.3%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

New vaccination location – Friday and Saturday were the first days of operation for the city’s new West Seattle vaccination site, at Neighborhood House High Point. We had first word of the location on Monday and covered the briefing there on Tuesday. They’re accepting walk-ins as well as offering appointments.

Vaccine for kids under 12 – Vaccinations for ages 5-11 might be authorized as soon as this week. The new West Seattle hub’s operators say they’ll be ready to offer them as soon as they’re approved.

Outbreaks in schools – The state issued a new report this week. State health official Lacy Fehrenbach is quoted in the announcement as saying, ““While we never want to see an outbreak occur in a school setting, the relatively small size of outbreaks is an indication that schools are working very hard to respond when there are cases among students, teachers, and staff.”

Vaccination verification – Tomorrow marks 1 week since King County’s vaccination-verification rule took effect for.a variety of venues, as explained here. No

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle-based Pliable gearing up to run city’s new vaccination hub in High Point – and looking to add vaccinators

(WSB photos/video)

Nicole Warner and Tara Biller are the West Seattle nurse practitioners who started the mobile health-care service Pliable as a pandemic ‘pivot” in their careers. And now their company is on board as the vaccination providers for the city’s new clinic at Neighborhood House High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW). We first reported on Monday that the city had chosen this location for the West Seattle clinic it’s been promising for a month, and today Mayor Jenny Durkan led a media briefing there. Here’s our video:

The mayor was joined by City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and Neighborhood House executive director Janice Deguchi, as well as by the Pliable co-founders. Here are the basics: The clinic will be open 11 am-7 pm Fridays and 8:30 am-4:30 pm Saturdays for starters, beginning this week (but skipping some dates such as the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving). They have capacity up to 800 vaccinations a day – you can make an appointment if you want a guaranteed time, but they will accept walk-ups too. They’ll have all three vaccines, with separate rooms in Neighborhood House (this is indoors) for each one – first shots, second shots, or boosters – what you get is what you request. (Yes, they’ll do mix-match boosters if that’s what you request.) If you want to make an appointment, you can do it through the city website.

They’re also prepared to scale up once vaccinations are approved for younger kids – they’ll have a separate pediatric area at the clinic. Warner noted that if you’ve been to one of their pop-ups, you know they try to make it a “fun” atmosphere. They say they’re excited to help “fill in the gaps” in the local vaccination-access system.

Pliable also tells us they’re adding to the team of vaccinators – “We are looking for medical professionals (retired medical professionals are also great) to help vaccinate.” This is paid-hourly work (if someone would rather do it on a volunteer basis, they’re open to that). Here’s the flyer; the link to sign up for shifts is here.

P.S. Here’s how to get to the new clinic location – including free rides.

CORONAVIRUS: 68 new cases reported in Seattle Public Schools’ weekly update

Every Monday, the Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 data dashboard is updated. This week, it shows 68 new cases (compared to 58 new cases a week before) among the district’s more than 90 schools. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, with the changes compared to what was on the dashboard last week – again, the numbers are cumulative for the entire school year so far:

Denny International Middle School – 18, up 3
Chief Sealth International High School – 18, unchanged
Highland Park Elementary – 10, up 1
Roxhill Elementary – 10, unchanged
Genesee Hill Elementary – 8, up 2
Madison Middle School – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 7, unchanged
Arbor Heights Elementary – 6, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 5, up 1
Concord International (Elementary) – 5, unchanged
West Seattle Elementary – 5, unchanged
Sanislo Elementary – 3, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 2, up 1
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 2, unchanged
Fairmount Park Elementary – 2, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged

The dashboard still does not break down student cases/staff cases school by school; for the Southwest Region – West Seattle and South Park – 91% of the cases are among students.

UPDATE: City chooses location for West Seattle vaccination hub

11:15 AM: One month after the city announced it would open a new West Seattle COVID-19 vaccination hub – 4 1/2 months after closing the previous one – the location has finally been made public. During this morning’s City Council briefing meeting, a weekly chance for councilmembers to present quick updates, West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold said the location would be Neighborhood House, which has a center at 6400 Sylvan Way SW in High Point. She said the official announcement is planned tomorrow (Tuesday, October 26). The city’s announcement last month said West Seattle would be one of three new vaccination hubs to help with the increased volume following booster recommendations. So far it’s opened one downtown but the West Seattle and South Seattle plans had remained undisclosed.

2:48 PM: We’ve since received the advisory that Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember Herbold will be at Neighborhood House tomorrow morning for the announcement. The partner will be Pliable, the mobile health service that’s already had multiple pop-ups around West Seattle. According to the advisory:

Over the coming weeks, the clinic will operate on most Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm and on most Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments and more information is available at seattle.gov/vaccine.

We’re checking to see if its first day will be this Friday.

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #16, 10/24/2021

Every week on Sunday night, we update local pandemic stats and recqp ihe week’s news.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):

*161,406 cases – 2,813 more than a week ago (5,769 total in West Seattle, up 84)
*8,344 hospitalizations – 95 more than a week ago (245 total from West Seattle, up 3)
*1,970 people have died – 28 more than a week ago (73 total in West Seattle, unchanged)

VACCINATION RATE

82.4% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .5% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 84.2%
98116 – 88%
98126 – 79.9%
98136 – 89.7%
98146 – 79.9%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

VACCINATION VERIFICATION

Tomorrow’s the day the new King County requirements take effect for:

*Restaurants/bars (if you’re dining/drinking indoors)
*Indoor recreational events or establishments (that includes many Seattle Parks facilities/programs)
*Outdoor events with 500 people or more

Details, and how to show your vaccination status (or a negative test result), are here.

NOT VACCINATED YET?

Go here to see where you can change that. Otherwise, for everybody waiting for the city to announce its promised West Seattle vaccination hub – no word yet; the last update was that they hoped to have it in operation by “early November.”

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

Boosters – After this update from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, they’re now recommended in our state for all J&J recipients and certain Moderna recipients, plus the previously recommended Pfizer recipients. See the newest details here.

Grants – This week, the city announced a new round of small-business-stabilization grants.

VACCINATION VERIFICATION: Seattle Parks facilities starting Monday, too

Monday, October 25th, is the date set for vaccination-verification requirements at many establishments/facilities in King County. This morning Seattle Parks has a reminder about what that means for people using its facilities:

As directed by Seattle King County Public Health, Seattle Parks and Recreation will require proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative test, for entry to all recreation facilities starting Monday, October 25. 

These facilities include: 

-All community centers 
-All public pools 
-Amy Yee Tennis Center 
-Volunteer Park Conservatory 
-Environmental Learning Centers 
-And all indoor rental facilities owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation (community centers, pools, and event facilities) 

For visitors ages 12 and above, staff will check for the following acceptable forms of vaccination upon each entry to a recreation facility: 

CDC vaccination card or photo of vaccine card. 
Documented proof of vaccination from medical record or vaccine provider. 
Printed certificate or QR code (available at the end of September) from MyIRMobile.com.
You do not need to show identification with proof of vaccination. 

People who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccination status will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours. Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered rapid tests (also called at-home tests) will not be accepted. 

Vaccination exemptions will not be accepted. Proof of a negative test can be shown for those who cannot be vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination will be required for each entry to a recreation facility, for every visit. Vaccination proof will not be stored.

Read the full announcement here.

APPLICATION TIME: New round of city grants for small businesses

Starting today, the city’s Small Business Stabilization Fund is accepting applications. The available grants are $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000, which the city says can “be used on operational expenses such as rent, wages, equipment, and more.” The announcement also notes, “For this new round, the Stabilization Fund will support small businesses with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees and accept applications from those who received a Stabilization Fund grant in past rounds” You can find out more about eligibility here; go here to apply. The application is available in eight languages, and you have to file it by November 9th. Questions? oed@seattle.gov is where to send them.

FOLLOWUP: Deadline arrives with all but a few Seattle Fire, Police either vaccinated or exempt

Today’s the day city employees had to either be vaccinated or be exempt. Advance concern focused on the police and fire departments, which already had staffing struggles. Here are the newest numbers released by Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s office:

Citywide

99% of our 11,000 employees have complied

94% vaccinated
5% exemptions
1% not submitted – approximately 150 individuals

Seattle Fire

93% vaccinated
6% exemptions
1% not submitted
Only 16 individuals have not submitted

Seattle PD

91% vaccinated
7% exemptions
2% not submitted
Only 24 individuals have not submitted

Both SPD and SFD had contingency plans if needed; City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, explained them at the council’s briefing meeting this morning – watch starting at 41:15:

In short, SPD, if necessary, would move to “Stage 3 operations,” in which all sworn personnel would be ready to staff precincts if needed; SFD’s contingency plan also would include moving personnel from desk to operations jobs, along with steps such as reducing the number of units initially dispatched to certain types of calls.

CORONAVIRUS: Seattle Public Schools’ weekly update shows 58 new cases, fewer than a week earlier

The weekly update of the Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 data dashboard is in: 472 total cases reported districtwide since the school year began. This week’s increase – 58 – is down from last Monday’s update, when 71 new cases had been reported. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, with the changes compared to what was on the dashboard last week – again, the numbers are cumulative for the entire school year so far:

Chief Sealth International High School – 18, up 2
Denny International Middle School – 15, unchanged
Roxhill Elementary – 10, up 1
Highland Park Elementary – 9, unchanged
Madison Middle School – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 7, up 1
Arbor Heights Elementary – 6, up 2
Genesee Hill Elementary – 6, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 5, up 2
West Seattle Elementary – 5, up 1
Gatewood Elementary – 4, unchanged
Sanislo Elementary – 3, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 2, up 1
Fairmount Park Elementary – 2, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 1, newly reported this week
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, newly reported this week

The dashboard does not break down student cases/staff cases school by school, but for the Southwest Region – including West Seattle and South Park – 91% of the cases are among students.

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #15, 10/17/2021

As the weekend wraps up, here’s our weekly collection of local pandemic updates, starting with the newest numbers.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (as of Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):

*158,593 people have tested positive – 3,267 more than a week ago (5,685 total in West Seattle, up 126)
*8,249 people have been hospitalized – 95 more than a week ago (242 total from West Seattle, unchanged)
*1,942 people have died – 22 more than a week ago (73 total in West Seattle, unchanged)

VACCINATION RATE

81.9% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .5% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code (note: all zip codes have risen at least one full point since last week, more than previous weeks):
98106 – 83.8%
98116 – 87.5%
98126 – 79.5%
98136 – 89.4%
98146 – 79.2%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)

NOT VACCINATED YET?

Go here to see where you can change that. Also note the South Park Senior Center is hosting a pop-up clinic on Tuesday, 9 am-1 pm – details are in our calendar listing.

THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES

Vaccine-mandate deadline – Monday is the deadline for many government workers in our state to show proof of vaccination. How many won’t? The City of Seattle, for example, released some stats on Friday:

As of Thursday, October 14th, more than 25 departments have 95%+ of employees vaccinated.

As of October 15, the Seattle Fire Department is at 88% vaccinated, SPD is at 82% vaccinated, Seattle Department of Transportation is at 91% vaccinated, Seattle City Light is at 90%, and Seattle Public Utilities is at 90%.

Briefings – Two this past week, both with some encouraging news. State health officials held theirs on Wednesday:

And the governor on Thursday:

NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?

The UW Medicine testing service at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.