News in a COVID 19 World | Northwest News | April 18, 2020

We are going back to our roots of covering Public Safety and other news in today’s COVID19 world.  Here are the stories that are happening in the Northwest on this Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Thank you for reading our post and we wish you to remain healthy and safe.  – Ed.

Washington State

COVID cases

  • In the State, there were 11,802 confirmed cases with 624 total deaths.  About 135,706 have been tested and cases are approximately 8.78% are testing postive as up to April 14, 2020. Datat was backlogged from April 4th.
  • There are 436 unassigned total confirmed cases.
  • Everyday, acute care hospitals are reporting the number of patients with lab-confirmed COVID cases in their hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) to the Department of Health.

Age Groups

  • 3% of those 0-19 years of age are confirmed cases; there have been no deaths among this age group.
  • 28% of the confirmed cases are those aged between 20-39 years of age and none of them have been reported as dying.
  • 34% of confirmed cases are 40-59 years of age and 8% in this age group have been reported as deaths.
  • 24% of confirmed cases are those aged from 60-79 years old. About 37% of them have died.
  • Those who are over 80 years of age are about 10% of the confirmed cases and over half of them are dying which equals to about 54% of this age group.
  • About 52% of the confirmed cases are women and about 43% of them are dying.
  • Men equate to 45% of the confirmed cases and about 57% of them are passing away.
  • There is a 3% unknown/give or take in the numbers.

Race Stats

  • Hardest hit populations of confirmed cases are:  about 54% are white or about 3,676 individuals (68% of the State population); 26% of the cases are hispanic or about 13% of the State population. Black population is about 451 confirmed cases and about 7% of the total cases, or about 4% of the State’s population.
  • About 416 white patients passed away which has been 75% of all total deaths followed by 11% Asian cases at 59 total deaths or 11% of the total deaths, about 9% of the State’s popluation.

Hospitalizations

The State’s residents and businesses have been pushing the local Government into reopening but some are warning of great impacts to more confirmed cases and increased deaths.

There are 92 acute care hospitals in the State, excluding 2 military hospitals. Behavioral health hospitals are excluded from the number count.  Information is reported daily to the State’s Public Health agency.

Here is what the week of April 10-17th looked like for our hospitals.

4/10/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reported in
  • 651 COVID cases
  • 191 in ICU

4/11/2020, SATURDAY

  • 50 hospitals reported in – decrease of reporting by 33 hospitals
  • 528 COVID cases – down by 123  COVID patients cases
  • 166 in ICU – down by 25 patients

4/12/2020, SUNDAY

  • 46 hospitals reporting in – decreased by 4
  • 388 COVID cases reported – a decrease of 140
  • 99 in ICU – down by 67 patients

4/13/2020, MONDAY

  • 89 hospitals reporting in – an increase of 43 hospitals
  • 645 COVID cases reported – a large increase of 257 cases
  • 194 in ICU – an increase up to 95 patients

4/14/2020, TUESDAY

  • 88 hospitals reporting – down by 1 hospital
  • 618 COVID cases reported – down 27 hospitalized
  • 201 ICU patients – increased up 7 patients

4/15/2020, WEDNESDAY

  • 87 hospitals reporting in – down by 1 facility
  • 622 hospitalized COVID cases – up 4 patients
  • 195 ICU patients – down from 6 patients

4/16/2020, THURSDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – down 4
  • 518 COVID hospitalized patients – down from 104 patients
  • 155 in ICU – down from 40 from the day before

4/17/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – remains the same
  • 586 COVID patients – up from 38
  • 193 in ICU – an increase of 38

4/18/2020, SATURDAY

ADAMS

  • Cases:  40 confirmed w/0 deaths.

ASOTIN

  • Cases: 12 total.. 0 deaths.

BENTON

  • Cases: 304. 34 total deaths.

Chelan

  • 65 total cases. 5 deaths.

Clallam

  • 14 total cases.  0 deaths.

Clark

  • 264 total cases. 15 total deaths.

Columbia

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Cowlitz

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

Douglas

  • 31 total cases. 1 death.

Ferry

  • 1 total case. 0 deaths.

Franklin

  • 177 total cases. 4 deaths.

Garfield

  • 0 cases.

Grant

  • 137 total cases. 2 deaths.

Grays Harbor

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Island

  • 157 total cases. 8 deaths.

Jefferson

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

King

Photo Credit:  City of Seattle.gov

  • 5,024 total cases. 339 deaths.
  • 136 total cases. 1 death.

(Source:  Seattle-King County Department of Public Health)

  • Amazon workers call for a virtual walkout in response to firings and working conditions amid the pandemic. (Source: Local news media)
  • UW coronavirus model says the State can safely reopen the week of May 18, 2020. (Source: News media)
  • Seattle: Parks remain open this weekend for walking, running, passing through. NO crowds or they’ll be shutdown. (Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County)
  • King County trails are closed and its making some residents unhappy. (Source: One poster asks the media)
  • Olympia: protesters plan to gather in Olympia to protest the stay-at-home order on Sunday, April 19, 2020. WSP won’t stop the protest but will enforce social distancing. (Source: Media)
  • COVID patients with Kidney failure: A nationwide alarm to get more ventilators for those with an unexpected toll on those with this medical condition. The plea has been ongoing for weeks. (Source:  Media)
  • Seattle’s Army Hospital: closes after 3 days without treating a single patient. (Source: US Army)
  • Online gardening classes:  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/education/events.aspx
  • Lake Washington Schools:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1250931932302438400
  • King County Metro:  1st Driver, Samina Hameed, 59 to have died from the coronavirus.
  • Duvall Distillery:  Produces hand sanditizer not vodka.

Video Credit King County TV

  • 27 confirmed cases from Life Care Center – Kirkland

Kittitas 

  • 14 total cases. 0 cases.

Klickitat

  • 16 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lewis

  • 20 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lincoln

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Mason

  • 22 total cases. 0 deaths.

Okanogan

  • 14 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pacific

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pend Oreille

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pierce  

  • 1,074 total cases. 32 deaths.

San Juan

  • 15 total cases. 0 deaths.

Skagit

  • 230 total cases. 7 deaths.

Skamania

  • 3 total cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish

Cases

  • 2,093 total confirmed cases.
  • 164 probable cases.
  • 267 isolated at home or in long-term care with 2 in a facility.
  • 1,503 recovered cases.
  • 91 total deaths.
  • 325 under investigation.
  • 69 hospitalized.
  • 1st confirmed case was on January 21, 2020.
  • 1,207 total cases are females; 1,050 are males
  • Snohomish Co Health District: Case counts updated twice daily

Spokane

  • 298 total confirmed cases. 15 deaths.

Stevens

  • 8 total cases. 1 death.

Thurston

  • 92 total cases. 1 death.

Wahkiakum

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla

  • 27 total cases. 0 deaths.

Whatcom

  • 273 total cases, 26 deaths.

Whitman

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Yakima 

  • 748 total cases. 35 deaths.

State Resources

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/19/2020 0100 PT

News In a COVID19 World: Global News | Sit Rep 8 | April 18, 2020

Sit Rep 8 – April 18, 2020 – Saturday

Incident Summary

The Novel Coronavirus or COVID19 as it is more commonly known as, is a pandemic that was first discovered in China has spread like wildfire around the globe.  There is no known cure or vaccine for this highly infectious and deadly virus. It’s origins are highly suspicious and its truth about where it came from is unknown.

Because of overwhelming information, we are breaking up our coverage into the Global coverage one post and our second on the United States.

Global

89 situational reports have been released the WHO organization. No  new countries or territories have reported new COVID19 cases but there have been from those previously calling in reports to the WHO organization.

Check out the numbers, significant events and news happening in each Country with total confirmed cases above 25,000.

Globally

  • 2,164,111 total confirmed cases from over 100+ countries reporting in daily COVID confirmed cases, new cases in the last 24 hours, total deaths and deaths in the last 24 hours.
  • 85,678 new cases in the last 24 hours (as of 4/19/2020 12midnight CEST)
  • 146,088 total deaths.
  • 6,170 total NEW deaths in the last 24 hours.

Spain

  • 188,068 total confirmed cases and 5,252 cases in the last 24 hours.  Spain has had 19,478 total deaths with 348 passing on since Friday. (Source: WHO)
  • 300 Spanish soldiers working with the U.S. Led coalition are leaving IRAQ at the request of their government.
  • 27,000 healthcare workers have tested positive for the coronavirus
  • A story of a tax driver known for taking patients to the hospital for free gets a call to pick up a patient from a hospital.  He is greeted by a standing oviation by doctors and nurses and collected donations given to him in appreciation.
  • 20,000 liters of disinfectants is reportedly donated by Poland to Spanish. It has just arrived today in Madrid. (Soure/Photo Credit: Poland Embassy in Madrid)

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  • Street art in communities showing soldarity.
  • Government is said to allow people to protest without any Social Distancing.
  • Spanish prisons reporting high number of inmate confirmed cases
  • Spain is in their 34th day of the State of Emergecy originally declared on March 15, 2020.
  • A Spanish ICU doctor tests a prototype ventilator for COVID19 patients developed by a consortium of companes in Asturias.
  • Nuns of the Santa Magdalena monastery make handmade masks that are distributed to centers who need them. (Source: diocese of Mallorca)
  • On this day, Spain celebrates “European Patients’ Rights Day”, a tribute to all those battling the COVID19 virus.
  • Today is the 70th year anniversary of the establishment of dipolomatic relations between Spain and South Korea. (Source: News media)
  • Spain recognizes its biggest assets are their healthcare workers and the solidity of their health care system. (Source: Government)

 

Italy

  • 172,424 total cases reported along with 3,493 new cases in the last 24 hours. Total death numbers rise to 22,747 and 575 more pass away in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Social Media video:  Shows 2 people playing tennis on the opposite rooftop of one another in Finale Ligure. (Source: News media)
  • Beautiful reminders all over Social Media why Italy is so attractive to tourists. (Sources:  Posters)
  • The country along with several others release inmates in light of the Coronavirus potential to spread in overcrowded prisons. (Source: Social Media)
  • Events such as football games have been cancelled well into the 2021 season. (Source: Italian Sports Teams)
  • Hungary has also donated donated 100,000 masks and 5,000 pieces of PPE. (Source: Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto).
  • Small firms due to reopen given the green light to do so while they wait for an official governmental approval will move forward unless told not to after 100,000 requests put pressure on the Italian government. (Source: Italian Financial News)
  • Government lockdown due to expire May 3, 2020 (Source: Italian Government)
  • Reports via Italian government:  6% deaths (90+ yo), 42% are 80-89 yo; 35% are 70-79 yo and 16% are 60-69 year-olds. (Source: Social Media)

Germany

  • There has been 137,439 total cases confirmed and 3,609 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There has been 4,110 total deaths and 242 more in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Germans find an old iconic outside activity: drive-in  movie theaters.
  • Germany, the lead Country in testing for infections, aims to same the entire population for antibodies and hoping to learn how deeply the virus penetrates teh socieity, deadly it is and whether immunity might develop.
  • Hundreds of candles to form a giant cross in memory of over 4,000 COVID victims (Source: Social media)
  • 14% of people in one town in Germany show their blood tests are now immune to the virus. (Source: Media)
  • Footage of non-compliance people who gathered against curfew restrictions are arrested by Berlin, GERM police. (Source: News media)
  • Video of those who choose to gather are sprayed by Police (more or less like Fire) masterstreams.
  • The country has greeted a group of unaccompanied children from an overcrowded refuge camp from Greece at a local airport. Their harsh conditions at the camps are cruel and inhumane even for any adult.(Media).

United Kingdom

  • 108,696 total cases have been reported with an increase of 5,599 new cases in the last 24 hours. 14,576 total deaths have been reported with 847 in the last 24 hours (Source: WHO)
  • Good Feel Story:  A woman, 106 yold great grandmother is the oldest living person in the Country to beat the virus is released from the hospital three weeks after contracting it. She recovers nicely and is resting at her home. (Source: News Media)
  • The first time ever in the UK Parliament House of Commons’ 700-year old history takes its first steps on April 16th  towards proposing a “hybrid” House.

Photo Credit:  UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

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  • Legal proceedings return on April 21, 2020. (parliament.uk)
  • The Elizabeth Tower in Big Bend continues to restore the iconic building that started restoration in 2017 will soon be revealed.  Everything is still under wrap. (Source:  UK news)
  • The government calls out to Social Media companies to stop the practice of spreading COVID19 misinformation leading to those being threatened in the telecom and utility infrastructure professions. (Source:  Julian Knight, MP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II cancels the UK’s traditional gun salute for her 94th birthday due to coronavirus concerns. Will instead celebrate instead on April 21, 2020. (Source: News media)

France

  • 108,163 total cases in France along with 385 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There have been a total of 18,659 total deaths with 760 in the last 24 hours alone. (Source: WHO)

China

  • 84,180 total confirmed cases w/31 new cases in the last 24 hours and the country has seen a total number of 4,642 deaths.  (Source: WHO)

Iran

  • 79,494 total cases have been reported along with 1,499 new cases since yesterday.  There have been 4,958 total deaths with 89 new reports of more deaths in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)

Turkey

  • 78,546 total cases have been reported with 4,353 new ones in the last 24 hours. There have been 1,769 total deaths with 126 since Friday. (Source: WHO)
  • Country send 400,000 surgical masks to UK or 84 tons of PPE with healthcare workers saying this is only enough for three days. (Source: Media)
  • Country has the highest capacity of treating patients requiring ICU care among the countries with the most COVID19 cases. (Source: Media)

Russia

  • 36,793 total cases reported with 4,785 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There have been a total of 313 total deaths and 40 new ones in the last 24 hours.

Belgium

  • 36,138 total cases were reported with 4,785 new ones since Friday.  There have been 5,163 total deaths reported and 306 in the last 24 hours.  (Source: WHO)
  • Belgium Singer Angele joins the #TogetherAtHome broadcast (Source: Belgium Singer)
  • Largest cases found to be in nursing homes. (Media on 4/16/2020)

Canada

  • 507,701 tested the population found there are 31,872 total positive cases with 12 probable cases.  There have been 1,775 new cases since Friday. Along with that there have been 1,309 total deaths and 202 in the last 24 hours. (Sources:  WHO, Canadian Government)
  • Air travellers as of April 20th, must bring and wear own face covering when travelling. Not provided to them at the airport. If you don’t have one, you will not be able to fly. Details:  https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/04/new-measures-introduced-for-non-medical-masks-or-face-coverings-in-the-canadian-transportation-system.html  (Source:  Canadian government)
  • US-Canada border closure extended another 30 days. Due to expire 5/18/2020. (Source: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada)
  • The country helps bring home its citizens from Eritrea, Guyana and the Philippines. Must self-isolate for 14 days. (Source/Photo Credit:  Travel.gc.ca)

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  • Canada is deeply concerned about the food security for the poorest and most vulnerable populations. A meeting was held by Minister Gould to counter this deadly virus. (Source: Development Canada).

Netherlands

  • 30,449 total cases with 1,235 new ones in the last 24 hours; 3,459 total deaths reported along with 144 new ones since yesterday. (Source: WHO)
  • A flower grower had to throw away about 140 million tulips after demand plummeted and was forced to shutdown. (Media)
  • A strong suggestion was made on Social Media reporting that 3% of Dutch blood donors may be have developed antibodies to the COVID19 virus. (Source: Media)

Brazil

  • 30,425 total cases;  2,105 new cases in the last 24 hours; 1,924 total deaths with 188 new ones reported in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Hundreds of people protest in front of one of their hospitals – not a thank you but protests.  (Media footage).
  • The economy could recover in the fourth quarter. (Financial news)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 hours PT

BC WILDFIRE | Squamish Valley Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – APRIL 16, 202 – PM UPDATE

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Photo Credit | Squamish RCMP

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Wildfire Name Changes

The SQUAMISH VALLEY FIRE, originally called the Squamish Valley Road Fire has received a secondary designation as Magee Road Fire by other media outlets.

Date/Start Time

Fire ignited on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from an unknown cause.

Initial Reporting

Reporting party contact Law Enforcement officials at 1615 hours PT.

Current Status

About four hours ago, there has been no fire growth reported and fire behavior has slowed.

The size and containment status are unknown.

Resources

Incident Cooperators for this event include: Squamish RCMP, BC Wildfire Services, Town of Squamish, Search and Rescue Teams

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Keep Roads Clear

Police are asking folks to stay out of the areas where firefighters and heavy fire equipment and for the safety of personnel.

Burn Bans

As of noon today, most open burning is now prohibited throughout BC to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires. This applies to all public & private land unless specified otherwise by a local government bylaw.

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Preparedness

Pack up your pets and kids, important documents, medications, food and water and Monitor @slrd_bc  @Squamishtown@SquamishRCMP

Photo Image Credit | Red Cross Canada

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HASHTAGS, SOCIAL MEDIA

#BCwildfire #SquamishValleyFire #Squamish  #MageeRdFire #SquamishValleyRoadFire

This will be our last and final update unless there is a significant change in fire behavior or something as deemed by Fire Officials.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1950 hours PDT

 

Product Recall | 2018-2020 Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Product Recall Summary

About 80,000 2018-2020  vehicles are currently being recalled due to Fire Hazard.  Purchasers are being recommended to have the products repaired.

Sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from October 2016 through October 2019 for between $15,300 and $27,500.

Recall # 20-733.

Product Description

Models include;  2018 Ranger XP 1000 EPS, 2019 & 2020 Ranger XP 1000 and Ranger CREW XP 1000

Recalled 2018 Polaris RANGER XP 1000 EPS

Danger

The clutch belt can break and damage the secondary clutch and the fuel line, posing a fire hazard to the rider.

4 reports have been received, no injuries reported.

Customer Contact

Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.polaris.com  and click on “Off-Road Recalls” for more information.  In addition, check your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the “Product Safety Recalls” page to see if your vehicle is included in any recalls.

Manufacturer

Polaris Industries Inc., Medina, Minnesota.

Photo/Source Credits

CPSC.gov

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/16/2020 1825 PDT

BC WILDFIRE | Squamish Valley Fire | 2

AM UPDATE 2

Thursday | April 16, 2020

Brief Summary:

A wildfire is burning near Squamish, BC in Canada.  The wildfire name has  been changed from SQUAMISH VALLEY ROAD FIRE to new name of SQUAMISH VALLEY FIRE.

Incident Summary:

  • Started April 15, 2020
  • Reported at 1615 hours PT
  • Reported to Squamish RCMP and Integrated Police Dog Services
  • Cause: unknown
  • Size: unknown
  • Containment: unknown
  • Minimum of 60 hectacres
  • Unknown containment status

Resources:

  • Squamish RCMP
  • BC Wildfire Services
  • Town of Squamish

Evacuations:

  • RCMP and SAR teams worked feverishly to evacuate residents, while homes burned to the ground. (4/15/2020 2153 PT)
  • Evacuation map (0750 PT) Credit: Squamish RCMP

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Hashtags used on Social Media

  • BCwildfire
  • SquamishValley
  • Squamish
  • SquamishValleyRdFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1150 PT

 

Community News | West Coast | March 29, 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS is our newest launched daily post that includes Alerts, Public Service Announcemtns and Community Needs gleaned from those across Social Media channels.

We will be posting these under this new column by each region due to the influx of massive messaging, until all of the needs have been met and/or this is all over and done with.

We ask that you partner with us by sharing this post with others in your network, friends, family, employer and other people who can be helped by this post.  This is how we know to help our West Coast peeps.

Thank you and Be Safe all.

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NATIONALLY SPEAKING

NEW! | CDC Health Alert

CDC has now issued an Alert on the severe illness associated with using Non-Pharmaceutical chloroquine Phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease.  They are warning those who take this without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including being fatal.

2 cases reported to the CDC who ingested this drug, a chemical in it is uded for aquarium usages that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. One of the individuals died shortly after the arrival at the hospital. The second patient is critically ill with severe gastrointestinal symptos and cardiac conduction abnormalities.  After the patient recovered, he reported that he saw on TV the usuage of this product to provent COVID19.

The product was in his possession in a powder form inside a 2.2# container labeled “for Ornamental Fish Only”.  The CDC is aware of unconfirmed reports of this product being out-of-stock due to an alarmingly increased rate of public demand.

There is currently no approval by the FDA for use of this unprescribed chemical for prevention or treatment of the COVID19 virus.

Details here —-> https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285 (Source:  CDC)

NEW! | National Flood Insurance 

FEMA is granting those who pay flood insurance in the National Flood Insurance Program, an 120-day grace period.  Details here —> https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/29/fema-extends-grace-period-flood-insurance-renewal-premiums (Source: FEMA)

NEW! | Seniors Day

Walgreens has introduced a new service to keep Seniors Safe, supplied and connected. Every Tuesday is now Seniors Day with all-day discounts and seniors-only shopping from 8 am – 9 am. Pharmacy hours may vary.   Details here:  https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/seniorday.jsp?ext=twad_COV2a (Source: Walgreens)

NEW! | Mental Health/Illness Awareness

The National Alliance on Mental Health/Illness has a free helpline:  NAMI Helpline Monday – Friday, 1000 hours – 1800 hours (10-6) EST. Call 800-950-6264. (Source: NAMI)

HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

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WASHINGTON STATE

NEW! | Drivers License and ID Cards

Effective March 23, 2020, customers can renew their drivers licenses an ID cards online. Those who require a visit to a driver licensing service office will be served upon appointment only.

Go to dol.wa.gov for information as your first step.  Persons under age 24 and over 70 may renew online for the next 30 days, longer if deemed necessary. They are also suspending the requirement to visit a licensing office every other renewal thereafter.

Most vehicle renewals can also be done online, by mail or over the phone.

See more information here —> https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/dol-takes-steps-to-protect-the-health-and-safety-of-customers-and-employees/

NEW!  | Funeral Guidelines

The Governor has issued guidelines on funerals and licensng to funeral homes and cemetaries.

Details here — > https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/governor-inslee-issues-additional-guidance-on-funerals/ (Source:  Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office)

NEW! | Groceries/Take Out Food Orders

There is misleading information that the virus is spreading through foods in the grocery stores and via drive-thrus at restaurants.  This is FALSE, but it is recommended after going to the grocery store to WASH YOUR HANDS. (Source:  WA DOH)

Photo Credit | WADOH

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

State Call Center

A Washington State Call Center is taking calls regarding COVID19 related questions, information on how it spreads, what to do if you have symptoms.  Call 1-800-525-0127 and press ” # “.

OREGON

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CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

image with tv, computer and radio for march 31 town hall

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 – 2215 hours PST

US Navy Medical Facilities Arrive in New York, California

New York and California

The United States Navy’s Comfort, a Military Sealift Command hosital ship has arrived to New York City on Sunday, March 29th around 1330 hours EDT (or 1030 PST – West Coast time) and guided in by tug boats to port.  This is in  response to the COVID19 virus response.

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USNS Comfort arrives in New York on March 29, 2020

“…our nation, specifically the people of New York, have requested our assistance and we are ready to respond.” – USNS Capt. Patrick Amerbach, CO, Medical Treatment Facility aboard the Comfort.

The facility will be used for non-COVID19 infected patients, which will provide a full array of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, while allowing shore-based civilian hospitals to focus on their medical care to the treatment of virus infected patients.

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Comfort arrives in New York, shows its mammoth size. Credit: USNS

Comfort departed from the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia and has a crew of over 1,100 Navy medical personnel and support staff with over 70 civil service mariners on board.  The Comfort is a converted San Clemente-class supertanker, that was delivered to the Navy’s Miltary Sealift Command on December 1, 1987 and is one of two Mercy-class hospital ships.

A second USNS ship, Mercy arrived in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020.

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Los Angeles, March 27, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mora Jr. (Released) 200327-N-UV609-1087

USNS Mercy arrives in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020. Credit: USNS

The Comfort  and Mercy are operated, navigated and maintained by a crew of civil service mariners working for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

Washington State was due to have the Mercy arrive to Seattle, but POTUS redirected it to Los Angeles, California instead.   Washington State is receiving assistance from local Military resources.

A field hospital is being set-up at Seattle’s Century Link to take care of those with non-COVID19 medical needs which will free up local health facilities.  Another facilty is being erected in Shoreline as more cases break out across the State.

The Governor of Washington State issued a Stay at Home. Stay Safe. Mandate for all non-essential employees on March 23, 2020.

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Gov Inslee at the Seattle Convention Center speaks to local media. Credit: Gov Jay Inslee

We cannot thank the men and women on these two ships for taking time from their own families to help care for the sick while local Cities are dealing with the COVID virus spreading like wildfire.

This is a godsent gift to Cities and their residents who will benefit from overflow of regular people with regular medical needs that are unrelated to the virus outbreak.  I think, we can say wholeheartedly that we speak for the residents of where these ships are arriving to, that we all will be eternally grateful.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated  Sunday, 3/29/2020 @ 1350 PST

March 28 2020 | Social Distancing on Social Media | Community Needs

We  will be reporting on communities needs, alerts, other communication on the COVD19 virus.  We will post other helpful links that may help you as a 1st responder, impacted patient/family member, general public, government official and any other topics by State.

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HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

ARIZONA

Hospitals Brace for Surge

Hospitals in the State are urgently seeking out an additional 8,000 hospital beds to meet the Governor’s April 24th deadline and be prepared for a surge of anticipated high numbers of COVID patients. They are looking at creative ways to turn hotels, churches, sports fields into hospitals. (Source: CEDR Digital Corps)

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

101 Dignity health locations in Arizona.  Check this website for a free virtual care visit. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/

CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

image with tv, computer and radio for march 31 town hall

COLORADO

Health Partners Helping the Food Industry

El Paso County Public Health and the Community Health Partnership are thinking outside of the box to help businesses with donations/sale of excess food and goods to the help the coomunity during this virus outbreak.

Visit their story here: https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/el-paso-county-encourages-restaurants-food-stores-to-donate-sell-excess-food-to-service-organizations (Source: Local News Media)

MASSACHUSSETTS

Major Disaster Declaration Granted

Governor Charlie Baker requested federal disaster assistance from the Federal Government and they heard today from the White House and FEMA issuing the proclamation.

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-federal-disaster-declaration-for-covid-19-response  (Source:  CEDR Digital Corps/MASS Gov Charlie Baker)

NEVADA

Free Virtual Doctor Visits

Dignity Health is offering free virtual visits with a doctor. Check this website how you can visit their site and if it is more severe where to go for assistance. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/ (Source: Dignity Health)

NEW JERSEY

Red Cross Needs Your Help!

Donating Blood | Red Cross New Jersey (@NJRedCross) is asking those who can donate blood, to do so. They are at an all-time critical low. (Source:  RedCross)

TEXAS

Medicaid and SNAP Programs Renewed

The TX Health & Human Services have received additional funding from the Federal Government to automatically renew Medicaid and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for an indefinite period. No  need to call to renew.

What To Flush, That is the Question

Sanitary issues are starting to become an issue for those sheltering-in-place for the City’s Solid Waste services, as people are flushing things that should not be sent down the toilet, like disposable disapers, baby wipes, facial wipes, rags, cleaning or polish wipes, kitty litter, paper towels or any other items.  Food cooking oil and grease, food scraps, shortening, lard, butter, margarine are just a few items that should not be flushed.  These items should be tossed in the trash instead. (Source: City of Irving)

VERMONT

Burlington Homeless

The City is setting up RVs to house the homeless population at the North Beach Campground during the virus outbreak. (Source: News Media https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2020/03/26/burlingtons-homeless-population-has-new-home-north-beach-campers-wake-covid-19-rvs-anew/2918238001/)

WASHINGTON STATE

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1905 hours PST

Another Disaster Hits State of Arkansas | 1

UPDATE 1 – 3/28/2020 – 1730  HOURS PST

Craighead County, Arkansas.

A tornado touched down early in the evening on Saturday, March 28th in Jonesboro, Arkansas, causing significant damage to homes, businesses, a shopping mall and utility infrastructure.

Video footage | AR DOT

Resources involved in the incident includes Volunteer Fire Departments, along with the Red Cross and the Arkansas Governor’s office.

Red Cross:  50 volunteers.

Governor Asa Hutchinson:  Monitoring situation. Wishing all are safe.

Lake City VFD:   Rescue, Brush, 7 personnel.

Caraway FD: 7 personnel, pumper truck.

Monette FD:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Southridge : 12 personnel.

Valley View Fire Protection District:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Cash FD:  # of personnel/equipment unknown.

Philadelphia Fire Protection District:  6 members.

Brookland Fire Protection District:  1 squad, 5 personnel.

Bono Fire Protection Dist:  Unknown # of personnel/equipment.

Operations quickly came together at the helm of the local Jonesboro Police Department, County Sheriffs and State Police in what appears to be Unified Command at the Turtle Creek Mall.  Emergency responders are working diligently to search, rescue and treat injured, as well as addressing potential hazardous conditions out in roadways, highways, homes and structures.

Photo Credit:  Jonesboro E911

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Officials are asking all to stay home where you are safe and healthy.

Photo Credit:  City of Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Current Alerts that are in effect currently are:

Citywide curfew has been issued by the Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin for 1900 hours PST. No one should be on the streets.  (Mayor’s Office)

Damage reports coming in on Social Media, showing :

Caraway/Race intersection.  German auto, Aldi and Gateway Tire look like they took a direct hit.

A local meteoroligst says based upon some of the damage, this appears this could be the worst tornado to hit the area since the F3 on April 3, 1984 (36 years ago).

This tornado is said to be at a F4, which ripped through the heart of downtown Jonesboro.

More updates will be posted as information trickles through.  Please be safe, Arkansasians.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1730 hours PST

Friday Night Fire Breaks Out at Seattle Marina

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a well-involved fire at a local Marina located in the 1300 block of SW Spokane Street on Friday night at 2127 hours PST.

This incident was designated as “Spokane Command” by the Incident Commander.

The fire broke out from an unknown cause at the Jim Clark Marina located near Harbor Island in West Seattle with crews emptying out several Seattle fire stations.

Units dispatched were:

  • Medical: Aid10, Aid14, Medic1.
  • Battalion Chiefs: 5, 7.
  • Command Staff:  Deputy1, Safety2, Staff 10.
  • Engine Companies:  10, 13, 27, 29, 32, 36, 5, 8, 30, 11.
  • Marine Group:  Fire Boats 4 and 5. Patrol 4 (Seattle PD), Marine 1, Rescue1.
  • Ladder Trucks:  L1, 3, 11.
  • FIU: Marshal5.
  • Firefighter REHAB:  REHAB1 (Ladder 27, Seattle Fire Buff volunteers).

Fire operations included limited access, so firefighters were being shuttled around by both Seattle Fire Boats to access points on the dock.  Due to the severity of the fire, the IC was concerned with putting too much weight on the docks and quickly pulled  crews off.  He also did not want them going too deep into boathouses, docks and boats putting themselves in harm’s way.

First due units reported that the fire was on a dock and heading towards the marina. Units found limited access and fire boats were being used as primary firefighting suppression resources.

Video Credit | Bryan Vlok (used with written permission)

Fire Boat 4 came around the water side through a railroad trestle (bridge goes over the water) and to the fire scene.  Due to limited access by firefighters on the shore side, FB4 and crew were tasked with primary fire suppression activities.  A masterstream was used at that moment to put water on the fire.

Eventually, when they were done – they were sent around to another side of the fire.  Later, when firefighters were pulled off the dock – FB4 and crew stopped the masterstream and used handlines.

At the end of the fire incident they used their masterstream again but this time for a foam blanket over the fire damaged areas.

The train trestle that goes over the water was secured for crews to lay hose down to extend near the marina.  This worked in their favor.

Units would soon be released from the scene, while a few remained to address the spot fires.

All-in-all, it was estimated at a loss of 1 boat (east side of fire) and 12 boats (including a houseboat and boathouse) on the west side.  It was reported that a boat appeared to be drifting, eventually sank completely under water.

Though a foam blanket was being applied to the fire ravaged scene, some may be conducting “fire watch” throughout the night until they are relieved by other crews.

Fire History at this Marina

There was one previous fire that broke out at this marina on December 29, 2015 from an unknown cause, which burned two boats and damaged two more.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2350 hours PST