CORONA VIRUS 2019 | Sit Rep 7 | March 22, 2020

Washington State | Almost every single person in this State and beyond has been impacted by the COVID19 virus in some shape or form.  I have been  working from home the last few days and like, many others for weeks or until the unforseeable future.  We are all going to get through this.

Even though our last post was near the beginning of March, 2020 – we are again sifting through all of the overwhelming information and bringing current news and resources for those who need it most.

Please bare with us as we catch up and bring you moment-to-moment news throughout the day.

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SUMMARY

The first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States was at the LifeCare Assisted Living Center in Kirkland, Washington on January 21, 2020.  This has been deemed ground zero. However, there has now been a widespread throughout the United States overall.

Here in Washington State, where we are located – 39 counties are now reporting in with at least one or more confirmed cases as more and more people are getting tested.

We cannot stress enough, along with everyone else – Social Distancing which has become a new norm for all of us is one that young people are not taking seriously.  The COVID19 does not care who you are, what age you are or where you live in this world.  It is impacting ALL ages, genders, religions, ethinicities, races, etc.  Please listen to all COVID19 messaging, including ours. We depend on you, as you may depend on us.– Ed.

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WASHINGTON STATE

According to the Washington State Department of Health’s website, the following cases have been confirmed in each 39 counties with 1,996 cases.

Benton County | 7 cases. 2 deaths

Chelan County | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Clallam County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Clark County | 10 cases. 3 deaths.

Columbia County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

FACT | About 50% of deaths in Washington State are those over 80-plus years old. 50% are female and 44% are males.

Cowlitz County | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Franklin County  | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Grant County | 18 cases. 1 death.

Grays Harbor County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Island County | 21 cases. 1 death.

Jefferson County | 6 cases. 0 deaths.

King County (epicenter) | 1,040 cases. 75 deaths.

FACT | About 9% of the confirmed COVID19 cases are those aged 20-29 years of age (females) . 

Kitsap County | 18 cases. 0 deaths.

Kittitas County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Klickitat County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Lewis County | 2 cases.  0 deaths.

Lincoln County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Mason County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pierce County | 107 cases. 1 death.

FACT | About 14% of those aged 30-49 years old have the COVID19 virus.

San Juan County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Skagit County | 33 cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish County | 480 cases. 10 deaths.

Spokane County | 20 cases.  0 deaths.

Stevens County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Thurston County | 11 cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Whatcom County | 14 cases. 2 deaths.

Yakima County | 16 cases. 0 deaths.

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RESOURCES

Free Sanitizer | The Sandstone Distillery, is making a new product: Sanitizer and they are giving it away to 1st Responders, Hospitals, Doctor offices and the public.  You can visit them at 842 Wright Road SE, Tenino, WA 98589.  They are asking for you to donate glycerin which is a key ingredient in their sanitizer recipe which is from the CDC.

Studded Tires | The date to have your studded tires removed has been changed from March 31st to April 30th. (Source: WSDOT)

Taxes | The filing date has been moved from April 15th to July 15, 2020.

Emergency Declaration | The City of Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is expected to issue an emergency order tonight for residents to stay indoors, after the city council voted today to expand his authority during the COVID19 pandemic. (Newsmedia)

Emergency Management Center (Bellevue) | The Faces who work around the clock to help coordinate essential services 24/7/365.   “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Photo Credit | City of Bellevue

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Alert | Tribal

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Goes into effect tonight at 2359 hours PST until April 5th 2359 hours PST.  Shelter-in-place.

New Recovery Center | King County joins Harborview Medical Center in opening a new 41 Recovery Center. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/21-covid.aspx?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Source: King County gov)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donate Blood | The American Red Cross needs healthy volunteers to donate blood during this health crisis/blood shortage.

Social Distancing | Stay home unless you are an essential employee, like a Police Officer, Firefighter, Highway worker, Food / Grocery Worker, etc. or anyone else who cannot telecommute from home.  People whom are congregating in large groups are causing panic among others and are potentially spreading the virus, as learned about the young people in Florida who defied the quarantine mandate.  Several of them gathered on Florida beaches during Spring Break and now, they have acquired the virus which could have been completely preventable.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | Updated 3/22/2020 @ 2000 hours PST

Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 4 | March 3 , 2020

SIT REP – 4

MARCH 3, 2020 | TUESDAY

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

UNITED STATES

There are a total of 60 cases with 12 states reporting in. Six deaths have been reported according to the CDC, as of March 3, 2020.

WASHINGTON STATE

7 New Cases

  • LifeCare employee, female, 40’s. Never hospitalized, recovering at home.
  • Family member of confirmed case, female, 60’s, never hospitalized.
  • LifeCare frequent visitor, male, 70’s, unknown condition.
  • Male, 20’s, unknown exposure.  At Swedish Issaquah.
  • Second male, 20’s, unknown exposure. At same hospital.
  • LifeCare resident, female, 80’s, never hospitalized. Died on 2/26/2020.
  • LifeCare resident, male, 50’s, Died on 2/26/2020 in Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.

There are 14 current confirmed cases in Washington State.

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

KING COUNTY

The Seattle – King County Public Health has confirmed there has been seven (7) new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, making the total in Washington to 21 infected individuals.  Of these total cases, eight (8) have died.  One person was reported as ill but has since died.

If you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed virus case, call 206-477-3977 from 8am – 7pm PST  This is the King County has a Novel Coronavirus Call Center.

If you are Healthcare Provider, call the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center.

Call 9-1-1- if, you are having a medical emergency only. Do not go to the ER.  The ER is for most critical needs.

Call Your Healthcare Provider if, you have a cough, fever, other respiratory problems. Do not go to the ER.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/3/2020 – 2111 PST

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 3 | March 2 , 2020

SIT REP – 3

MARCH 2, 2020 | MONDAY

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

GLOBALLY

New Cases – Last 24 hours

Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Iceland and Indonesia.

Total Confirmed Cases

88,948 confirmed cases with 1,804 new confirmed cases reported.  Outside of China, there are 8,774 confirmed total cases, with 1,598 new confirmations in the last 24 hours in 64 countries.  Of those countries, six new ones are reporting in in the last 24 hours.  128 deaths have been reported totally with 24 new ones since yesterday.

WASHINGTON STATE

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

King County

The King County Department of Public Health states as of March 2, 2020 at 1736 hours PST there have been five (5) confirmed deaths have died.

Novel coronavirus fact sheet

Four additional confirmed cases have been reported in King County, Washington. The total confirmed cases are now 14.

First notable response actions is purchasing a motel, setting up modular housing units on publicly-owned parking lots and on other available land(s).

“We have moved to a new stage in the fight to contain and mitigate this outbreak. King County is aligned and organized behind this common mission, with Public Health – Seattle & King County as our lead agency,” said Executive Constantine. “We will direct all available resources to help cities, health-care facilities, businesses, and families continue life as normally as possible. But our best strategies depend on millions of residents actively following established disease prevention guidelines.”

Kirkland

25 Kirkland and seven firefighters, along with two Kirkland Police Officers were quarantined as of February 29, 2020. This was due to an exposure at the long-term REHAB and nursing facility.

Seattle

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, the first step is to contact your primary physician via telephone. Avoid calling 911 unless faced with a life-threatening emergency. – Fire Departments

RESOURCES

AMA

For Doctors

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians?utm_source=fbpage&utm_medium=social_ama&utm_term=3166739072&utm_campaign=Public+Health

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stopping the Spread

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Public Health Department reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Don’t go to the ER unless life-threatening.

Sources |  CDC Seattle, Seattle – King County Public Health, Fire Departments.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/2/2020 – 2105 hours PST

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 2 | March 1, 2020

SIT REP – 2

MARCH 1, 2020 | SUNDAY

Information in this post is from verified sources.  Please see the bottom of this post for great organizations and agencies for ways you can protect yourself and your family, communities, businesses, etc. and resources to help you during this global event. 

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Photo Credit | Jefferson County (WA) Public Health

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

COVID19 NEWS

GLOBALLY

New Cases – Last 24 hours

Azerbaan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar all report in with their first new confirmed cases.

Total Confirmed Cases

There are currently, 87,137 confirmed cases. 1,739 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Outside of China, 7,169 confirmed cases with 1,160 newly reported. 58 countries are impacted with 5 new ones reporting in. 104 deaths with 18 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

CHINA

New Increases After Steady Decline

After a drop in new cases in China, there has been a shift and now after two consecutive days, there is another increase and the WHO organization is watching and investigating what is causing the surge.

WASHINGTON STATE

Presumptive Positives

Week of February 23, 2020, the CDC announces community to Washington, Oregon and two locations in California have occurred, with one healthcare worker with a presumptive positive.

State Level

Governor’s Office

Declares a State of Emergency.

WA Department of Health

Call Center created for Questions and Answers, report unwellness or symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

King County

North Bend 

The Fire Training Center in North Bend was removed from the Quarantine Site list as a potential site is no longer needed.  Current academy firefighters have returned to their quarters as previously occupied.  https://northbendwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=972 – City of North Bend.

Kirkland

25 Kirkland Firefighters and 2 Kirkland Police Officers are placed in 14-day quarantine along with the closure of Fire Station 15, as being overly cautions.

Lake WA School District 

“In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.

LWSD has activated our Emergency Operations Center. This team of LWSD staff is actively working to coordinate information, communications, and operations to ensure that we are being intentional about how best to prepare for and respond to the needs of our students and staff. As part of this activation, we have been in contact with EvergreenHealth, emergency management departments from our three cities, and the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County to provide the most current and factual information.

We know that many of you are wondering about school closures. At this time, we are planning to open schools as usual on Monday. We will update families should this decision change based on guidance from the Department of Public Health.

Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in our schools:

  • Keep students home if they are sick. We have prepared general guidance for our families and staff on when to keep students home from school. It is available here: https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-ser…/…/too-sick-for-school.
  • Students who meet these criteria while at school will be isolated and sent home.
  • Symptoms that a child is too sick for school:
  • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
    Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
  • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge.
  • Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
  • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
  • Ear infection: with fever.
  • Ear infection: without fever. Student can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
  • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.

Wash hands frequently. Staff will work with all our students when they return to school on Monday to remind them of good hand washing procedures.
Avoid hand to face contact, avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
In addition, custodians will continue with regular cleaning with an emphasis on touchpoints at all buildings and schools.

We will continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), should a case occur in one of our schools.

Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher, counselor or school administrator. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma at: kingcounty.gov/ncov/anti-stigma.

We will provide more frequent updates to families as we have updates or additional information to share. You can find these resources on our website: https://www.lwsd.org/…/health-servi…/coronavirus-information.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to use our Let’s Talk button on the front page of our website and select “Coronavirus” as the interest area.

We know this is an uneasy time for our communities, and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together to keep kids and adults healthy.

Sincerely | Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent – Lake Washington School District” – Lake WA SD Website and emailed to parents on 2/29/2020 around 2030 hours PST

Seattle

Seattle – King County Public Health releases statement today, two more confirmed cases bringing total to six.

  • Female, 50’s, traveled to South Korea. Recovering at home. Confirmed case reported.
  • Female, 70’s resident of LifeCare in Kirkland.  At Evergreen Hospital. Case reported.
  • Female, 40’s, Lifecare Employee, hospitalized at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Case reported.
  • Male, 50’s, was hospitalized has died at Evergreen Hospital. Reported case and first death.
  • Male, 60’s hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in Renton. Has underlying health conditions, in critical but stable condition. New confirmed case reported.
  • Male, 60’s in Virginia Medical Center (hospital). Has underlying medical conditions. Is in critical condition.

Redmond

  • Out of an abundance of caution, 7 of our medics have been quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Redmond Fire Dept is fully staffed & responding to calls as normal. We are monitoring the situation alongside KC Public Health.

Renton 

  • Hazen High School will be closed on Monday, March 2, 2020 for cleaning after a student and a parent are experiencing flu-like symptoms and tested on Saturday for the virus. They are self-quarantined at home, while awaiting the test results.

Emergency Services

“We along with other fire agencies in King County continue to collaborate closely with Public Health, King County Emergency Medical Services and our Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking appropriate safety measures to protect our personnel while continuing to respond to medical emergencies.

Members of the public who think they may have contracted the virus and are in stable condition should consult with their primary physician via telephone, instead of calling 911 (unless symptoms are more serious).”

Read more about preparation efforts by King County fire agencies: https://www.kingcountyfirechiefs.org/king-county-fire-agen…/ – King County (WA) Fire Chiefs

Snohomish County

Current Status

  • 1 new case as of 3/1/2020. Male student, pending results.
  • Previous case in January was a Bothell High School student. Results were negative.

Snohomish Health District

“The Snohomish Health District is aware of the preliminary findings released by the Seattle Flu Study, suggesting that coronavirus has been spreading for close to six weeks. We are still evaluating the findings with our state and local partners and coordinating on next steps.

It’s important to remember that national testing capabilities have only been available for about six weeks. Here in Washington, we’ve only had the ability to test locally for a few days. It is definitely possible that COVID-19 has been circulating, with people experiencing mild symptoms just like the flu.”

STATE OF OREGON

Current Status

  • 1 new confirmed case on March 1, 2020
  • 3 tested negative for the virus
  • Total tested 4, 7 are pending results
  • 88 are currently being monitored as of 2/28/2020
  • 229 have completed monitoring without symptoms
  • 8 are under investigation with 2 have been completed w/o symptoms. Total 10 have been investigated.

CALIFORNIA

Fairview Development Center

“Today, the federal government informed the state that it has determined it does not need to use the Fairview Development Center site for the isolation of passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship given the imminent end of the isolation for those passengers and the small number of persons who ended up testing positive for COVID-19.”

Tulare County, California

No Confirmed Cases

“There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tulare County at this time, and immediate health risk to Tulare County residents is low,” states Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. “COVID-19 is considered an emerging disease, and there is more to learn about it; however, like influenza, it is a respiratory disease, and there are measures community members can all take to prevent illness.” – Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency

Santa Clara County

Current Status

  • Total 7 confirmed cases including 3 new reported today alone.  One is an adult female with an unknown age and the last two are a couple who traveled to Egypt, Patients #5 and #6 had underlying medical conditions.

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Test Kits

NEW YORK

Current Status

  • 1 confirmed case as of 3/1/2020. Female patient contracted virus when visited Iran. Has respiratory issues but not in serious condition. Has been in a controlled situation since arriving to the State. In her late 30’s.

Emergency Legislature

“Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation — I look forward to its swift passage.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” – NY Governor Cuomo

RESOURCES

AMA

For Doctors

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians?utm_source=fbpage&utm_medium=social_ama&utm_term=3166739072&utm_campaign=Public+Health

IAFF

Monitoring

Continues to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, WHO and OSHA.   See updates on their website:  https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR36kCu8_vG8lLVF18hHeHIkBXHYZ6Eb4KI0kTPAZY7jqVZvco8MklfeDoQ

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stopping the Spread

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Public Health Department reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Don’t go to the ER unless life-threatening.

CONFIRMED CASES BY THE NUMBER

Globally

Some on Social Media including a few unnamed U.S. governmental officials are calling this deadly virus a hoax and that it is just going to go away.

Unfortunately, here area the hardest hit Countries reporting into the CDC the numbers of confirmed and new cases; total number of and new deaths in the last 24 hours and can rest assure this is not a joke by a longshot.

We are reporting data of 25 or more confirmed cases due to the high volume of data being recorded.  You will find the number from the highest to the lowest to get the reality of the spread, the impacts and the deaths recorded.

China

142,823 confirmed cases.

Republic of Korea

3,736 total confirmed cases. 586 new in the last 24 hours. 18 total deaths. 1 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

Italy

1,128 total confirmed cases. 240 new cases in the last 24 hours. 29 deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmissions.

Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

705 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases in the last 4 days. 6 total deaths. 0 in the last 24 hours.

Iran

593 total confirmed cases. 205 new in the last 24 hours. 43 total deaths. 9 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

Japan

239 total confirmed cases. 9 new ones in the last 24 hours. 5 total deaths, 0 in the last 24 hours.

Singapore

102 total confirmed cases. 4 new in the last 24 hours. 0 deaths. Local transmission.

France

100 total confirmed cases. 43 new in the last 24 hours. 29 total deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

German

57 total confirmed cases. 0 new in last 24 hours. 0 deaths.

Kuwait

45 total confirmed cases. 13 New in last 24 hours.  0 deaths. Local transmissions.

Spain

45 total confirmed cases. 0 deaths. Imported cases only.

Tailand

42 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases. 0 deaths. Local transmission.

Bahrain

40 total confirmed cases. 2 new cases. 0 deaths reported. Imported cases.

Australia

25 total confirmed cases.  1 in the last 24 hours. No deaths.

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Photo Credit | Snohomish County Health District

SOURCES

While we try to research each source, resource and its information, it may change from each update as this is a rapidly evolving topic and updates are released from many locations. – Ed.

Sources |  CDC, Seattle – King County Public Health, WA State Department of Health, Governor Jay Inslee, WA Emergency Management,  Oregon Health Authority, California Department of Public Health, OSHA, IAFF, City of Kirkland, City of North Bend, State of California and State of New York.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/20/2020 – 1915 hours PST