JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – WEEKLY UPDATE 4/6/2020

Department of Health

  • An announcement will be made later today, and the website updated to show an additional (6) positive COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. This brings the county total up to 25.

Case / Test Data

  • Jeff Co. has a higher level of testing than do most rural counties.
  • Expectations are that we will experience a factor of 10X (250 in total during the whole outbreak) or more in positive cases.
  • Percent of positive cases per total tested is running at about 50% of statewide levels.
  • Washington is doing 10K tests a day… will be 2x that by next week.
  • Tests are being processed at UofW and local specialized testing locations for quick turn-around
  • National testing labs are no longer being used due to response time of test results which have run as high as 14 days.

Advisories:

  • 20% of people that are infected are a-symptomatic (no symptoms) or pre-symptomatic the 2 days prior to feeling any symptoms when your body is shedding the virus.
  • It is crucial to adhere to organized precaution efforts for the next 7 weeks.
  • King County cases expected to peak mid-April
  • Jefferson County cases expected to peak end of April
  • Highest risk of exposure will be during the next 4 weeks.
  • Case rates are climbing
  • Try to avoid:
    • In person grocery shopping during the next 4 weeks
    • Crowded areas even while social distancing
    • Vacation homes or short-term rentals.
  • If you are sick, do not leave your home.
  • Malaria drugs:
    • Testing should have results in two weeks.
    • These drugs could have some very serious, negative, unintended effects
  • Deaths from COVID-19 continue to be greater in the over 65 age group, with the 80+ being significant.

Updated protocol on grocery store visits.

  • If you do need to go to a grocery store:
    • Wash or sanitize your hands prior to going in the store
    • If wearing gloves, wash or sanitize those prior to going into the store
    • Adhere to the 6-foot social distancing protocol
    • Be aware that stores may be implementing one-way isles to help with distancing.
    • Do not touch anything unless you are taking it. especially perishables.
    • Wear a mask if you are comfortable in doing so.

Personal Protection Updates:

  • Washington State has a stronger supply of PPE – and has developed a more robust vendor supply chain.
  • Gloves – Non-medical personal that wear gloves often do not wash their hands enough due to a false sense of security that glove wearing gives.
  • Masks are good for source control but offer a false sense of security because of improper human use.
    • Masks can increase the risk of infectious spread if people touch the insides where droplets have been deposited.
    • Homemade masks with some filtering media between inner and outer layers are more relevant and act more like surgical masks.
    • Homemade masks should be thoroughly disinfected, washed and dried after each use.
    • People tend not to practice social distancing when wearing masks due to a false sense of security.

Jefferson Healthcare:

  • Has been planning for the surge that is likely to take place this month.
  • Only a limited number of infected patients have been admitted.
  • Although they normally only have 25 beds, there are ways in an emergency, to increase that number substantially
  • There are limited ventilators, however the number is enough for immediate requirements.
  • Jefferson Health is part of an area hospital collective which share resources or take overflow patients if needed.

HOW TO HELP 4/5/2020

Volunteer with Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management

The Department of Emergency Management is interested in volunteers with medical backgrounds (doctor, nurse, EMT, etc.), backgrounds in security (military, law enforcement), other emergency response (firefighters, Incident Command System) or other specialized skills.

More information can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Volunteer or Donate through OlyCAP

OlyCAP offers a wide array of community service programs and can provide help to those in need or can use your help if you’d like to give back to the community.

More information can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Help with Making Face Masks

While many people have stepped up to make face masks for community use, the demand has outpaced our supply! Jefferson County face mask volunteers have set up a Facebook page to help with locating resources. These masks are distributed to disadvantaged citizens, homeless and incarcerated persons; they are not available to the general public at this time.

If you are interested in helping with this project and need help with resources, you can find it here: www.facebook.com/groups/207602053835025/?ref=share

The face mask pattern and instructions can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Donate Blood

Jefferson County Department of Health has coordinated appointment-only blood donations in our area at the following locations:

Monday, April 6 – Port Townsend Elks Lodge, Room 555 Otto, 12 pm to 6 pm

Wednesday, April 8 – Port Hadlock Community Methodist Church, 130 Church Lane, 11 am to 5 pm

To make an appointment or for more information call 1-800-398-7888 or visit: www.bloodworksNW.org

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES 3/30/2020

From Jefferson County Mental Health

Benji Project Online Teen Drop-In

  • The Benji Project’s trained teachers will host a FREE one-hour session two times a week to share stress relief, connection and coping practices. Drop in to our Zoom online meetings every Tuesday at 7pm starting March 24, and every Thursday at 4pm starting March 26.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease

Discovery Behavioral Healthcare

  • DBH continues to provide a variety of mental health, crisis and medication management services. Please call our office at (360) 385–0321.

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Port Townsend Police Department 

  • Community members seeking resources, please contact Judson Haynes LMHC, SUDP at 360-531-3445 or jhaynes@cityofpt.us

Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others.

  • Or call 1-888-910-0416

 

COVID-19 TASK FORCE FORMED

Members of two Village Council Committees, Health & Wellness and Emergency Management, have been combined to form a COVID-19 Task Force to provide two-way communications between Port Ludlow residents and the experts for this pandemic. As the chairs of the two Committees, Jim and Kim Moffitt are heading up this effort and our two Block Captain Coordinators, Pat Lohrey and Mike Towner will help lead the effort. In addition, Paul Hinton and Phyllis Waldenberg from Health & Wellness and PLVC President Bill Dean are actively involved.
The first assignment of the Task Force has been to declare a Limited Activation of the Port Ludlow EM Block Captain program. This is in concert with the limited activation of the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center. In both cases, individuals will not be meeting, but will be using electronic means to perform their duties. If you have a question or need, contact your Block Captain. If you don’t know who your Block Captain is, contact us through the PLVC website (www.plvc.org/contact) and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Click HERE to see more details on how the Port Ludlow activation will commence.
We are anticipating the need to communicate what is going on in the area and share information with the County about our situation here in Port Ludlow. COVID-19 Communication with residents will be updated on a regular basis. This has started with take-out food options, along with grocery purchase availability. Opportunities for blood donation and consolidated contact information for Utilities and other subjects is being worked on.
Bill Dean
PLVC President

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT LIMITED ACTIVATION (March 23, 2020)

On Monday, March 16, Jefferson County declared a county-wide state of emergency, and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) announced a “Limited Activation” of Emergency Services. In a normal activation, the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) becomes the central coordination point to serve the County.

A Limited Activation means the EOC has been activated, with only limited personnel working at the EOC, and most activities will be performed by telephonic or electronic means.

In Port Ludlow a COVID-19 Task Force has been established which combines the resources of two PLVC Committees, Emergency Management and Health & Wellness.  The Village Council Emergency Management Committee is initiating a Limited Activation of the Block Captain network.  Block Captains will be reaching out to their respective neighborhoods via phone, email or in person, considering social distancing as a priority, to assess the community. Block Captains will answer questions as well as gather needs information.

The COVID-19 Task Force is working with the DEM and Jefferson County Department of Health to provide relevant information on the pandemic and develop methods to respond to our community. We will be sending out additional information about this shortly.

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

OBJECTIVE:  To provide the entire Port Ludlow community with information relative to the coronavirus outbreak and be a resource to assist residents in obtaining supplies and services as required.

PARTICIPANTS:  

  • Health & Wellness Committee
  • Emergency Management Committee
  • Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM)

ELEMENTS:

  • Use PLVC eblast system to communicate information and status
  • Post information on PLVC website
  • Use NextDoor social media system to further communicate info and status
  • Share all information with SBCA & LMC
  • Develop and maintain resource lists for food, prescriptions and supplies (open?)
  • Monitor Weekly Jefferson County Commissioners’ Meeting COVID-19 Update
  • Monitor Jefferson Healthcare website and information
  • Monitor Jefferson County Emergency Management website
  • Monitor Jefferson County Department of Public Health website
  • Limited activation of Block Captain Program to assist residents
  • Encourage residents to contact Block Captain with questions or problems
  • Encourage residents to use PLVC website to obtain information or assistance

COVID-19 What you need to know

COVID-19 is spreading in Washington state. Everyone should take
steps to protect their health and the health of people around them.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new type of coronavirus.
  • Most people who get COVID-19 experience mild symptoms
    similar to a cold.
  • Some people, including older adults and people with other
    health conditions, are at higher risk for severe illness.
  • Currently there is no vaccine available.

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Transitions – Coping with Life’s Changes

Presented by: Barbara Berthiaume, M.S.W.
The Beach Club in Port Ludlow
Friday, September 20, 2019, 1pm~3pm

We have all had welcomed and unwelcomed changes in our lives. Changes such as moving, illnesses, children leaving home, aging, becoming grandparents and many more. Some are happy, some are difficult. 

Do you have the coping skills to manage these changes? Some life transitions are subtle and hard to identify. You feel the stress but wonder why. 

This workshop consists of understanding the transition model, how it applies in a variety of life situations, the role of stress, emotional management and why communication skills disappear. This is a powerful program, including goal- setting exercises and is applicable to all areas of life. 

TO RSVP:

 

 

Advance Planning Seminar

The Beach Club
121 Marina View Drive, Port Ludlow
Saturday, March 2, 2019

12:30 Sign-in
1:00 – 4:00 Program

Cost of seminar: Free
Peace of Mind: Priceless!

  • Get some tools to help you have crucial conversations with your loved ones about end-of-life options.
  • Learn how to maximize your quality of life in your final days.
  • Leave with a completed Advance Directive which reflects the latest thinking on the medical realities facing all of us at end of life.
  • You are encouraged to bring your adult children with you.

Sign-up at the Beach or Bay Club
SPACE IS LIMITED!

This seminar is sponsored by: VILLAGE COUNCIL HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE & END OF LIFE WASHINGTON, LMC, BEACH CLUB