March 2020

Ex-Microsoft employee built a close-to-real-time map and opened up its API to benefit data scientists and researchers

Dear Westside Seattle-

This is Scott Ge, living in Seattle. Two months ago I quit my 12 year career at Microsoft and started this Smartable AI startup to fight the infodemic problem occurring with COVID-19.

I have personally observed a family member in China going through the treatment and how fast the virus is spreading. I strongly believe in the importance to raise the awareness in US.

I built this coronavirus map

by leveraging AI to aggregate data from various credible sources including more than 100 government pages, and cross-check. It provides close-to real-time data, and offers county-level info in each US state - this is something very unique in my work.

For example, here is the WA state county distribution:


Highland Park Way SW and Holden Street get a new temporary traffic light; Bridge closure prompts SDOT action

information from the Highland Park Action Coaltion

With the closure of the West Seattle Bridge due to cracks, motorists have been asked to take alternate routes to get across the Duwamish River. That means already busy roads and intersections like the one at Highland Park Way SW and Holden Street SW are going to get even busier, despite the stay at home order in place.


UPDATE: Car flips on Alki, pregnant mom taken to hospital; driver arrested for DUI

UPDATE: March 30

information from Seattle Police Blotter

Officers investigated a rollover injury collision yesterday afternoon on Alki Avenue SW, and arrested the driver after it was determined he had been driving while under the influence.

On Sunday, at approximately 12:15 pm, a Honda Civic, occupied by the male driver, an adult female passenger, and three young children was traveling northbound in the 1500 block of Alki Avenue SW. The driver of the Honda struck a parked vehicle and rolled over. Witnesses rushed to assist the occupants and get them out of the upturned Honda. All of the occupants were transported to the hospital with varying degrees of injury.


Fire destroys boat house and multiple boats in Jim Clark Marina on the Duwamish

A fire in the Jim Clark Marina on the Duwamish River Friday night destroyed a boat house and multiple boats. The Marina is located just south of the West Seattle Bridge.

Jenn Dowell photo of Marina fire
The marina boat house aflame. Photo by Jenn Dowell.

It was reported around 9:30pm and firefighters spent nearly 2 hours knocking down the flames. No occupants were reported and no injuries.

The lower West Seattle swing bridge was briefly closed due to decreased visibility from smoke.

No cause has yet been determined and a damage estimate has not yet been made available.


Restaurant owners gathering to make meals for workers in need on March 30

A group of West Seattle restaurant owners, led by Peel & Press owner Dan Austin will gather next Monday March 30 his Morgan Junction pizza and pasta house to create 100 meals for as he puts it, "industry friends who lost their jobs, medical personnel working overtime who don't have time to cook after a long shift and seniors in need."

Participating are Paul Ritums and JP Vidicans from The Westy Sports and Spirits, Rita Dixson from The Bridge, Dave Montoure from West 5, Shawn Padilla from Mission Cantina and Todd Carden from Elliott Bay Brewing


Herbold: Update on West Seattle Bridge

Here are a few updates on the West Seattle Bridge, which SDOT closed on the evening of Monday, March 23rd.

Council Briefings update: 

SDOT’s briefing to the at the City Council’s Monday morning Council Briefing meeting is confirmed. The agenda is linked here. You can access the meeting on the Seattle Channel live feed or later at the Seattle Channel archive. You can listen by telephone at 206-684-8566.

Council meetings are being held by telephone due to the COVID-19 virus; in-person attendance is currently prohibited by Governor Inslee’s proclamation.


King County shares Covid-19 dashboard

King County has compiled and now provides an updated Covid-19 Dashboard that helps you keep track of where we stand in the fight during the pandemic. As of  shortly after 1pm on  Wednesday March, 25 it showed for example an increase of 82 new cases and 6 more deaths.

You can see the dashboard HERE

The first positive result was reported in King County Feb. 28

The number of confirmed cases in our coverage area, by zip code as of Friday morning March 27 was:


Zip Code: 98116

157 residents have a COVID-19 test result, at a rate of 581.9 per 100,000 residents

13 (8.3%) of those have positive results, at a rate of 48.2 per 100,000 residents


Mayor's Emergency order will fund childcare for first responders and essential workers for more than 700 children

information from the City of Seattle 

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced she will issue an Emergency Order later today to allow the City of Seattle to fund emergency childcare for essential workers including health care professionals, first responders and grocery store workers.