Department of Health (Dr. Locke):
- No new positive cases for Jefferson County reported from Sunday, April 19th.
Case / Test Data:
- Jefferson County has peaked during this first phase of the virus transmission. We can expect to see additional phases developing until we can develop a robust testing and tracing protocol.
- Jefferson County is ahead of the curve by 3 to 4 weeks. This is a good thing, but it also makes it harder to see if we are losing ground.
- 775,000 COVID-19 cases nationally
- 12,000 COVID-19 cases Washington State
- 41,000 deaths nationally
- 634 deaths in Washington State
- In WA State, of all testing, 9.0% are positive
- In Jefferson County, of all testing, 4.0% are positive
- The Washington State COVID-19 website with county data is currently not accurate for Jefferson County. The site is showing that we have 11.0% of all tests are coming back positive, when in fact it is running a little lower that 4.0%. The disconnect is potentially from the national reporting lab network
- Social distancing not only appears to be working – it is working.
- Models assume social distancing at least through May 5th.
- If we stop this mitigation too early additional virus phases will be upon us quickly
- Doing so could cause positive rates to increase at 3×5 times (worse) rate than we are currently experiencing statewide.
Roadmap to Reopening:
- How fast we move to re-opening will be based on how fast we can detect.
- Robust and sustainable testing for only those who are symptomatic and who have been exposed to the symptomatic population, medical/hospital workers, long care facility teams, and first responders.
- Testing program and protocol is critical, but testing is not enough.
- Ability to analyze tests and investigate contacts through active and passive surveillance.
- Outbreak investigations – positive cluster areas defined and mitigated.
- There was one cluster event in Jefferson County at a residential care facility. That cluster was mitigated very quickly with no additional transmission.
- Jefferson County is requesting clarification from the governor’s office to relook at some industries as being essential if social distancing protocols can be adhered to. Those would include, but not limited to:
- Caution should be heeded on portable immunity testing for anti-bodies. The companies producing the tests are unregulated and tests are typically unreliable.
- The unknown about re-opening strategies is FEAR. The higher risk population will show a great deal of caution regard moving around safely.
- We know the reopening is starting to happen because hospitals are starting to perform some elective surgeries.
- DEM states the COVID-19 is like a 26-mile marathon race, it is important to know that we are in the beginning stages of this race and we are far from the finish line.
- DEM is modifying and developing virus continency plan timelines for 30-day, 3-month, 6 month and 1-year scenarios.
- Protests about stay at home. 70 to 80% of the population supports and agrees with the stay at home program. Even though it is inconvenient and annoying, they see the need.
Personal Protection Updates:
- Jefferson County DEM continues to receive N-95 masks and gloves from WA. State Emergency Operations Center (EOC). There seems to be a shortage of gowns and eye protection. They expect more in the near term.
- DEM states that 1,000 homemade masks have been produced and distributed. A large demand still exists