COVID 19 And Our Elks Community
(It's here, and we are all taking steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community)
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geographic.
Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State.
- The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
- The current count of cases of COVID-19 in Washington State is available on Washington State Department of Health's webpage at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- The current count of cases of COVID-19 in Kitsap County is available on the Kitsap County Public Health District's webpage at https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus.php
- A real-time tracker of cases around the world (created by a high school student!) https://ncov2019.live
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
- shortness of breath
What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, but people with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
Washington is Earthquake Country
On 7 June, 2016, over 20,000 tribal, state, and federal emergency managers kicked off the Cascadia rising exercise, a 4-day exercise designed to test response and recovery capabilities in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. During the four-day exercise, the National Guard prepared for 1,274,327 people needing mass feeding and water, 507,701 damaged homes and residential buildings, and 410,127 people needing emergency shelter. It even accounted for 254,357 pets requiring shelter. Should a 9.0 earthquake occur there are estimates that the whole area west of I-5 (i.e. Kitsap County in which Bremerton Lodge #1181 is located) could spend three to six months without electricity, one to three years without drinking water and sewage systems, and three or more years without hospitals.
In addition to the Cascadia Fault line, which is past its known cycle for an earthquake, there is another fault, the Seattle Fault, which runs directly through the city of Seattle on an east-west line from the Olympic Peninsula across the Puget Sound and through Alki Point, crossing central Seattle just south of I-90 into the Kitsap Peninsula. There is a 5 percent chance of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on the Seattle Fault in the next 50 years and about a 2 percent chance for an earthquake greater than a magnitude 7.0. If that happens, some estimates hold that damage will be even worse than a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.
Disaster preparedness for our community has to become a priority. All that we have done in the community and all we want to do will be inconsequential in the shadow of one of these disasters. Unless, we become part of the solution before the problem. Our solution: is to work with youth organizations, like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts to help build our community resiliency to disasters like earthquakes.
2019 - The Great Cascadia Zombie Challenge
This year’s annual Great Cascadia Zombie Challenge was held on October 5, 2019. During the first session 42 Girl Scouts and their leaders (22 adults) participated in a first ever Great Cascadia Zombie Academy. During this session they had deep-dive training into specific survival skills and they also participated in our Elk-led Great ShakeOut activity. After the training was over, more than 20 of the girls then went through the various rocker stations outside and also earned their Great Cascadia Zombie Challenge badge and rockers.
From 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. another 115 girls and their leaders (54 adults) went through the nine rocker challenge events. Several of these event stations were led by Elks and these girls also participated in the Elk-led Great ShakeOut activity.
The Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 received a $2,500 Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation (ENF) which enabled us to buy the Great Cascadia Zombie Challenge Center badge and 9-rocker sets for 250 Girl Scouts completing the challenge or academy.
We look forward to partnering to host this event next year. We loved being part of the training to help prepare girls and their 'zombie' families for disaster!!!