News from the County's Emergency Operation Center - April 6, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. on April 6

  • Positive tests to date: 111

  • Negative tests to date: 1840

  • Deaths to date: 1

The Kitsap Public Health District has confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19 in Kitsap County. The Kitsap resident who died was an older adult who had underlying health conditions.

“We were saddened to learn of the death of this community member and our hearts go out to their family and loved ones during this difficult time,” Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner said. “As a community, we must do everything we can to slow the spread of this illness and protect our neighbors who are most at risk. Please continue to stay home, wash your hands, and clean your living spaces. These simple steps can save lives.”

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Public schools will stay closed for rest of academic year

Today Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that Washington schools will stay closed through the end of the academic year. Distance learning will continue, and schools are expected to resume on a normal schedule this fall. Read the press release.


Cloth face coverings recommended

Staying apart from other people and practicing good hygiene are the most important things we can do to protect our health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Washington State Department of Health and the CDC now recommend people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public places where they cannot stay 6 feet away from others. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

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  • Face coverings are not a substitute for other protective measures. It is still critical to stay home as much as possible, wash hands frequently, disinfect frequently used objects, and follow public health guidance.
  • Face coverings are not required. They are a personal choice.
  • People who choose to wear face coverings should use simple cloth coverings that can be made at home. Learn how to make a no-sew face covering.
  • Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and need to be kept available for health care workers and first responders who are helping patients.
  • Face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2.

Today the Department of Defense announced that, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

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Staying Postive: Teddy bear hunts

Teddy bear hunts are fun and safe scavenger hunts you can do while social distancing. People are teddy bear hunting all around the world (BBC News)!

Here's how to play: simply place a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in your windows for others to find during walks around the neighborhood. You don't need a stuffed animal to participate - a drawing works too.

Before you head out for a hunt, listen to the 1989 classic children's song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt!" (YouTube).


Photo by Sandra Young, shared with permission. These bears are hidden in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton.

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