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VIDEO: Post-decision, what’s up on and around the West Seattle Bridge? Here’s what the Community Task Force heard

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Though the big West Seattle Bridge decision has been made, there’s still a lot going on, and so the Community Task Force will continue.

That’s one of the headlines from the CTF’s online meeting this afternoon. Here’s the video:

Also discussed: Stabilization, repair timeline, West Marginal Way, the low bridge, and more.

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WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Menashe Family’s ‘mini’-display

This year’s mini-display at the Menashe Family‘s home (5605 Beach Drive SW) would qualify as maxi at any other house, but if you are familiar with their usual all-out display, you know these are lights-lite. As we reported last week, the family decided to lighten the display this year so as not to draw crowds and put people at risk of spreading COVID. But they didn’t want to go entirely light-free, so the family put up these decorations last weekend. We stopped by and talked with Josh and Jack Menashe:

They said the family talked about it for two months before deciding to have some decorations up. They stress that you’re welcome to come look but please do it from your car.

They’re hopeful that next year, they’ll be able to go back to the big display they’re known for.

Got lights to recommend for our spotlight? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Alki alley shooting

(Sunday’s arrest scene – WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

Three days after a man was shot while driving in an Alki alley, the suspect arrested shortly afterward is charged. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged 35-year-old Garrett R. Heinemann with first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The charging documents confirm that the victim is a neighbor of the suspect, in the same block of 60th SW where the shooting happened; the victim moved to Alki, from California, just two weeks ago. He told police he had never seen Heinemann before the shooting, which happened shortly after he left his apartment to drive somewhere to get coffee. He told police the suspect stepped out in front of his car in the alley, stopped him, and then told him to put his hands up, so the victim thought it was a robbery – but without saying anything else, he said, the suspect opened fire. Police say five bullets were fired into the victim’s front windshield, and six into the rear passenger-side window; 10 casings were found around his car.

(SPD photo, Sunday)

Minutes after the shooting, the charging documents say, Heinemann walked into a nearby apartment and attacked one of the two people who were inside; they managed to escape, and he fled out a window. The documents don’t have any information about a possible motive, noting that Heinemann refused to talk with detectives. As we previously reported, and as is noted in the charging documents, he has no criminal history. The charging documents say the gun Heinemann is accused of using, a .40-caliber pistol found at Alki Beach Park, is one that he has owned for eight years, and that he has a concealed-weapons permit. He remains in King County Jail, bail set at half a million dollars. Harborview Medical Center told us Tuesday that the victim had improved to satisfactory condition, though the charging documents note he faces additional surgery.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Delridge Grocery Co-op offering gift baskets

Yet another option for online holiday shopping – the Delridge Grocery Co-op, working toward a food store in the heart of Delridge, is taking orders for gift baskets through December 11th. You can support the co-op and local producers by buying one (or more)! If you haven’t already seen it in our Holiday Guide, here’s the announcement:

The Delridge Grocery Co-op is now selling its first Holiday Gift Basket in addition to its weekly DGC Essentials produce box. Packed full of sweet, savory, spicy, and soft local delights, the DGC Holiday Gift Basket is great for sharing with friends and neighbors, sending as a gift to work colleagues, or treating yourself. Priced at $60 for pickup or delivery, it includes a specially curated selection of delightful foods from local businesses around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest plus a hand-dyed tea towel — all in a reusable wooden half-bushel basket.

You can order the DGC Holiday Gift Basket now through December 11, and it will be available for pickup or delivery on December 19. You can get a box delivered to your home, or specify another West Seattle address to receive the box. (Deliveries are limited to the West Seattle peninsula, as far south as Roxbury.)

Here’s what you’ll get in the DGC Holiday Gift Basket:

Vanilla Salted Caramel Gourmet Popcorn (Cobb’s)
Preserved Lemons (Villa Jerada)
Pickled Green Beans. (Seattle Pickle Co.)
Black Truffle Mustard (Mustard and Co.)
Everything on Everything, Classic Blend (Stocked Kitchen)
Haxan Hot Sauce, Various Flavors (Haxan Ferments)
San Juan Sea Salt Chocolate Bar (Patty Pan Cooperative)
Blueberry Jam (Sidhu Farms)
Shibori-Dyed Indigo Tea Towel (hand-dyed in West Seattle by DGC board member)

Get details on all the Holiday Gift Basket contents at the DGC website.

As for the DCG’s ongoing Essentials Boxes – see our story from earlier this fall.

Leadership post for West Seattle’s State Sen. Joe Nguyen

As the State Legislature gets ready for its mostly online session starting next month, legislators are choosing leaders, and one from our area has been chosen by his colleagues for a major role. 34th District Sen. Joe Nguyen, a West Seattle resident, has been elected as Assistant Floor Leader by the State Senate Democratic Caucus. The announcement explains, “The Assistant Floor Leader supports the Floor Leader in setting Senate floor agendas and works with bicameral and bipartisan leadership to facilitate discussion.” Sen. Nguyen is midway through his first 4-year term and also is on the Transportation, Environment, Energy & Technology, Rules, and Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation committees. The legislative session is set to start January 11th.

HEALTH: Two more flu-shot clinics for Seattle Public Schools students

Thanks to Janel for the tip: Two more outdoor flu-shot clinics open to all Seattle Public Schools students are coming up this month, at Madison Middle School, 8:30 am-4:30 pm December 9th and 1-5 pm December 17th. Here’s the flyer with a QR code you can use:

You can also register by using this form or calling 206-933-7842.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Two tree lightings to watch this week

This year, West Seattle’s two big tree lightings will be viewable from your own cozy home.

OLG VIRTUAL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, FRIDAY: At 7 pm Friday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School will be lighting West Seattle’s highest-elevation community Christmas tree (which is at 35th and Myrtle), “with song and joy.” The event will be streamed; viewing info is here.

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION VIRTUAL TREE LIGHTING, SATURDAY: At 7 pm Saturday, this too will be streamed – as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays (with community co-sponsors including WSB):

Join together online for a jolly good time, all from the comfort of your living room. Starting at
7 PM, tune into the Junction’s Facebook page as we light up the holidays with a West Seattle tradition – the lighting of the West Seattle Christmas tree!

Listen to the sweet voices of the Endolyne Children’s Choir. The children will bring you some holiday classics the entire family can sing along to, plus some new favorites from the archives.

Then settle in after the tree lighting as Santa reads children’s stories via Facebook and Instagram live, along with answering questions and reading aloud what you would like for Christmas.

These of course are also both listed in our West Seattle Holiday Guide for later reference.

HAPPENING TODAY/TONIGHT: West Seattle Bridge task force, District 1 Community Network, more

(Today’s sunrise, photographed by Jerry Simmons)

Here are highlights for today/tonight:

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE: Though the mayor’s decided to repair the bridge, this advisory group’s work isn’t over yet. Among today’s topics, low-bridge restrictions and enforcements. The meeting is online at noon; you can watch here.

MENTAL HEALTH 101: 6:30 pm online, first of two sessions presented, free, by Fauntleroy UCC. Details and participation information are here.

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: This community coalition for West Seattle and South Park meets online at 7 pm. Topics include ongoing issues such as the pandemic response and the bridge closure. We’re still awaiting a final agenda and viewing information – we’ll add both here after we get them, so check back if you’re interested in attending. (Added: Sorry, we never did receive accurate connection info.)

EMERGENCY SHELTER: If you know, or are, someone who needs a warm place to sleep, the West Seattle Veteran Services Center has opened its emergency shelter at 3618 SW Alaska.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, SHOPPING, MORE: See our ongoing, frequently updated West Seattle Holiday Guide!

SCHOOLS: West Seattle HS 8th-grade open house online Thursday

Though the rest of this school year isn’t settled yet, planning for 2021-2022 has to carry on too. If you have an 8th grader planning to go to, or considering, West Seattle High School, this invitation is for you:

West Seattle High School will be hosting our 8th Grade Open House virtually this year on December 3rd. Traditionally we would’ve invited 8th grade families to visit our school campus, meet their potential teachers, and ask any questions they had about us. This year, your 8th Grade families can access our virtual resources to learn more about the opportunities offered to students at WSHS.

We would like families to visit our 8th Grade Open House website. Teachers have made videos to share about some of the classes we offer to freshmen. We also included other resources that are available to all WSHS students and families. Lastly, we will be hosting a Virtual Open House Night on December 3rd from 6:30-7:30 pm via Live Teams Meeting, where key staff and a Student Panel will share important information and opportunities about WSHS. There will be some time at the end for Q&A.

If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Erica Nguyen at etnguyen@seattleschools.org or Ms. Mallory Neuman at mlneuman@seattleschools.org.

ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Wednesday 12/2 watch

6:07 AM: Welcome to Wednesday, December 2nd, the 254th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

ROAD (ETC.) WORK

Delridge project: Paving and utility work continues; see this week’s plan here.

Parking-lot repaving: Work is expected to wrap up today in the lot at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor)

Highway 99 tunnel: Southbound closure this Friday night-Saturday morning, 10 pm-7 am, for maintenance.

TRANSIT

Metro – Regular schedule

Water Taxi – Regular schedule, but note that there will be no Friday afternoon (12/4) service because of dock work

CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO

West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge (note: camera ticketing will NOT start today):

The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Checking for bridges’ marine-traffic openings? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 12/1 roundup

The tenth month to start during the pandemic has begun – here are today’s toplines:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health – the cumulative totals:

*45,138 people have tested positive, 732 more than yesterday’s total

*868 people have died, 9 more than yesterday’s total

*3,235 people have been hospitalized, 8 more than yesterday’s total

*627,813 people have been tested (this number remains “frozen” due to the state’s backlog of negative results – but it’s actually 789 higher than yesterday)

One week ago, the totals were 40,736/849/3,030/623.494.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 63.8 million cases worldwide, 13.7 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.

BRIEFING TOMORROW: State health experts are back to their weekly Wednesday afternoon briefings. You can watch at 2 pm Wednesday – here’s the link.

SAFE HOLIDAYS: Online gift fairs, livestreamed tree lightings, a link list of local independent businesses that offer online shopping, Christmas tree sellers with no-contact tree-buying – it’s all in our West Seattle Holiday Guide, with daily updates and additions.

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

UPDATE: House-fire callout on SW Roxbury

8 PM: There’s a big residential-fire callout on the county side of the 2400 block of SW Roxbury – that means the North Highline Fire District is the primary agency, but others are being dispatched to help, including some units from the city side of the line. We’re on our way to find out more.

8:15 PM: Roxbury is mostly blocked just east of 26th. The fire was small, we’re told, in a vacant house. No injuries reported.

SHELTER: West Seattle Veteran Center offers a warm place to sleep

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Veteran Center)

Tonight and every night for the rest of this week, temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s. If you know someone – or see someone – who needs a place to get in out of the cold, the West Seattle Veteran Center has opened its doors. From Keith Hughes:

The West Seattle Veteran Center Cold Weather Shelter opened this evening and will remain open at least through Friday night. The Center is open to all that need a warm place to sleep, veteran or not. It is beautiful with the newly painted walls and newly refinished maple hardwood floors.

The center is in The Triangle at 3618 SW Alaska (here’s a map).

WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: These are dog-gone cute

Christmas light displays don’t have to be big and bright to be memorable. Here’s proof. Tonight’s spotlight is a photo sent by Sarah, showing her family’s display on Puget Ridge: “We put up festive holiday lights that look like our dog – corner of 17th Ave SW and Graham.” Here’s a map. We’re adding this to the lights list in our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Got someplace to suggest? Email or text us – with or without a photo – westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302 – thank you!

UTILITY WORK ALERT: City Light project on SW Holly

Construction staging and signage are in view along SW Holly in the 40th/41st vicinity, as
Seattle City Light gets ready for a monthlong project. The work is “to repair and reconstruct” underground wiring for area streetlights, and to replace the fixtures and poles. The work will involve trenching, which SCL notes might affect traffic along SW Holly, which some use as an alternate to Fauntleroy Way. They’re planning to have flaggers on hand for that. SCL says no outages are expected during the work, which will be done on weekdays between 7 am and 3:30 pm, possibly starting later this week. Here’s the official flyer.

CRIME WATCH: Alki shooting followup; apartment peeper; baseball-bat burglar

Three items in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

(WSB photo, Sunday)

ALKI SHOOTING FOLLOWUP: The man shot in an Alki alley on Sunday has improved to satisfactory condition, Harborview Medical Center tells us today. Meantime, the man accused of shooting him remains jailed, bail set at half a million dollars. The probable-cause document doesn’t shine any light into a possible motive. It says the shooting was reported to 911` by someone who recognized the suspect as a nearby resident. Another caller said the same man had broken into their apartment and tried to pistol-whip someone who fought back and suffered only minor injuries. Yet another nearby resident said he saw the suspect, who he’s known for two years, walk down the alley holding a gun before crouching behind a truck, then standing up, stopping a car coming down the alley, and shooting into that car through its windshield. He then, police were told, ran to the beach, where he is reported to have dumped the gun and told someone, “Just watch, it’s going to get crazy.” Then, police say, the suspect ran back inland toward Admiral, and was arrested in the 3000 block of 61st SW. He is not yet charged but is being held for investigation of assault and burglary; as we noted in Sunday’s coverage, there’s no indication of a prior criminal record.

Next, a reader report:

APARTMENT PEEPER: Elsewhere on Alki:

(Sunday) night at about 10:15 pm my boyfriend and I were lying in bed at our apartment, which is on the bottom floor of a complex on Bonair Pl SW, right off Alki. When he got up to go to the bathroom, I looked out the bedroom window to see a man on his stomach peeping into our bedroom watching me and potentially us for the past 15 minutes. When I yelled for my boyfriend and ran out of the room, I went into the living room where I could see him army-crawling away into our neighbor’s side yard. He then got up and walked onto the street where he began to peer into their car windows. He then continued to look at our bedroom window but then noticed me in the living room calling the police and took off running. He was wearing darker jeans and I could see his white underwear because his pants were falling down a bit (either from crawling or because they were undone) and he had a grey puffy jacket on. He is medium build, between 5’10 and 6 feet tall and of hispanic ethnicity. Please use any of this information to let our community know that this guy is on foot and either lives in the area or visits frequently enough to know the neighborhoods off of Alki. This is disgusting and outrageous and a complete violation of privacy.

A police report was filed.

And from the Southwest Precinct:

BURGLAR SOUGHT: The photo and report are being circulated by police:

On 11/12/2020 just after 0300 hours, the male suspect pictured above forced entry into the secured parking garage of the Holden Court Apartments at 931 SW Holden St. While inside, the suspect prowled a vehicle and broke into several storage units using a baseball bat to damage the locks and doors. The suspect was associated with a female … who was contacted and released at the scene. (She) claimed she only knew the suspect as “James” and just gave him a ride to the location. Assistance is requested in identifying this residential burglary suspect.

If you have any tips, refer to SPD case 20-317947.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Submarine, outbound

Thanks to Stewart L. for the photo! That submarine was in view off West Seattle, northbound in Puget Sound, a little over an hour ago. While MarineTraffic.com doesn’t ID it beyond “submarine/military ops,” the tracker does show that it’s continuing that way, off south Snohomish County’s shore at last check.

WATER TAXI ALERT: No Friday pm service from/to West Seattle because of dock work; Seacrest Pier closure, too

11:56 AM: Just announced by King County Metro:

If you are planning to travel by water taxi to or from West Seattle on Friday, Dec. 4, please note that afternoon service will be canceled so that Seacrest Park can receive a brand-new, stronger float. The pier at Seacrest Park will also be closed when construction crews are onsite. Construction will begin after morning service on Friday and is scheduled to be completed early Sunday, Dec. 6. Service is expected to resume as normal Monday morning, Dec. 7.

The float being replaced, Float A, is one of three located at Seacrest Park. Float A is the northern-most float where the passenger ramp lands. This float is listing to one side, likely caused by water retention from failing pile guide mounting bolts. This listing is causing further issues with the passenger ramp connection, the ramp’s rollers on the float end, and the float’s connection to Float B.

Four kayak floats are also being removed in order to maintain the same footprint overwater once the larger, new float is installed.

Photo from kingcounty.gov: The passenger ramp lands on the float being replaced (Float A); extending to the right is Float B. The “fingers” extending from Float B are the four kayak floats being removed.

Float A takes the brunt of the weather and wave action which has led to several repairs to pile guides. A new design from the manufacturer now features integrated pile guides, which will minimize maintenance to the float and better endure the weather. The new float has a life expectancy of 25 years.

The existing float being removed is 320 square feet (10 feet by 32 feet) and the kayak floats being removed are 290 square feet. The new float being installed is 448 square feet (14 feet by 32 feet).

The Seacrest Float Replacement Project is a capital project planned for in the 2019/2020 biennial budget. The budget is $300,000, and the project is currently targeted to be underbudget by approximately $60,000.

Water Taxi service is expected to resume Monday morning; Metro will confirm on Sunday.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: As for the fishing pier, here’s what Seattle Parks tells us: “It will also be closed for safety reasons. This is because the new docks will swing up and over the Pier and gangway. It won’t close until 9:00 am Friday morning and hope to have it back open Saturday afternoon.”

WEST SEATTLE TUESDAY: 4 notes

(Monday sunset at Lincoln Park, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

We’ve made it to another month, last one of 2020. Here are highlights for the hours ahead:

POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE: The multi-faceted all-month-long community event officially starts today – with several ways you can be part of it. See our preview from Monday.

SW SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY BIDDING BEGINS: Happening now – here’s the update:

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is thrilled to announce that its online auction opens today, Tuesday, December 1. Register HERE to bid on a range of uniquely West Seattle experiences and items. Auction items include an autographed Pearl Jam poster, the opportunity to create and name your own flavor of ice cream at Husky Deli, a walk in the ancestral lands of the Duwamish people led by Ken Workman, 4th great grandson of Chief Seattle, paintings created by local artists, and so much more. There is something for everyone in the auction and featured items and experiences make for excellent holiday gifts. Every bid supports the mission of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which is to preserve and promote local history through education, preservation, and advocacy.

Bidding on auction items closes during the Historical Society’s Virtual Champagne Gala on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 PM. Registration is required for this digital event, but admission is free. Please register HERE today.

DEMONSTRATION: Organizer Scott continues to lead this:

Black Lives Matter sign waving

Tuesday, December 1, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden

Thursdayk December 3, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

(Monday moonrise from Duwamish Head, photographed by David Hutchinson)

HOPE LUTHERAN KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT: Future kindergartener in the household? 6 pm online information night at Hope Lutheran School (WSB sponsor) – if you’re interested, register here to get the participation link.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen white CR-V, with dog (update: found!) inside

9:49 AM: Just got this by phone – please help watch for this stolen car, whose owner tells us her senior dog was inside. The car is a white 2010 Honda CR-V, stolen just before 8 this morning from an alley between 55th and 56th SW, off Alki Avenue SW. \

The dog is a 14-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua, black with a pink harness, chipped, with tags that have her phone number. If you see the car, call 911; if you find her dog, 206-330-5057.

1:01 PM: We got word that Dottie the dog has been found, in Burien. No word yet on the vehicle’s status.

2:20 PM: Peggy, Dottie’s person, says the car hasn’t been found yet. Dottie, meantime, is home and doing OK.

MENTAL HEALTH 101: Invitation for you

You’re welcome to be part of a “Mental Health 101” workshop the next two Wednesday nights, online. Here’s the invitation:

Recognizing that the rainy season, pandemic restrictions, and holiday stresses can be hard for people prone to depression or other mental-health issues, Fauntleroy Church, UCC, will host a free two-part workshop, “Mental Health 101,” on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.

Experienced facilitators with the National Alliance on Mental Illness will lead the 6:30 – 8:00 pm Zoom sessions with a focus on how to support caregivers and those struggling with mental-health issues, along with tips on self care.

“Mental health topics can be scary and carry a stigma that often makes them a taboo topic of discussion,” said Molly Seaverns, a member of the church’s Christian-education ministry. “We’ll provide a safe place to explore any misconceptions about mental health and learn practical skills for caring for ourselves and walking beside those who need support, especially now.”

All are welcome to register with the church office (jackie@fauntleroyucc.org) to receive the Zoom link. Find details at fauntleroyucc.org/congregator-posts/mental-health-101-dec-2-and-dec-9-2020-630-800-pm.

ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Tuesday 12/1 watch

6:07 AM: Welcome to Tuesday, December 1st, the 253rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

ROAD (ETC.) WORK

Delridge project: Work continues; here’s this week’s plan.

Parking-lot repaving: Work continues today in part of the lot at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor)

Highway 99 tunnel: Southbound closure this Friday night-Saturday morning, 10 pm-7 am, for maintenance.

TRANSIT

Metro – Regular schedule

Water Taxi – Regular schedule

CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO

West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge (note: camera ticketing will NOT start today):

The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Checking for bridges’ marine-traffic openings? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

CORONAVIRUS: Monday 11/30 roundup

Here’s tonight’s roundup of virus-crisis news:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: On to today’s daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health – the cumulative countywide totals:

*44,406 people have tested positive, 666 more than yesterday’s total

*859 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total

*3,227 people have been hospitalized, 37 more than yesterday’s total

*627,074 people have been tested (note: the dashboard continues to cite the state’s pause on reporting negative results and says this number is “frozen,” but it’s up 639 since yesterday)

One week ago, the totals were 40,065/835/3,020/622,741.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.

WA NOTIFY: Centerstage when the governor held a briefing today – the new smartphone feature WA Notify, meant to provide an anonymous notification if someone you’ve been close to tests positive for COVID-19. It’s an app to download if yuu use an Android phone; for iPhones, it’s a feature to activate in your settings (provided your software’s up to date!). P.S. The governor also talked about vaccines and the outlook on removing restrictions in mid-December.

WHEN WILL SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS REOPEN? Logistics were the heart of the discussion at a School Board work session tonight.

COFFEE SHOP REOPENING: After being closed since Thanksgiving because a staff member tested positive, Realfine Coffee is reopening tomorrow morning.

NEED FOOD? On Friday, food boxes will be available 2-5 pm at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th).

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!