News from the County's Emergency Operation Center - April 16, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. on April 16

  • Positive tests to date: 133

  • Negative tests to date: 2,577
  • Deaths to date: 1
  • Explore this data on Kitsap Public Health's interactive COVID-19 data dashboard.
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Kitsap's drive-up COVID-19 testing site has expanded testing criteria to include more groups of people. Learn more about the testing site, who is eligible to be tested, how to make an appointment, and what you need to bring with you.


A burning question

We know air pollution is not good for our lungs. It can cause asthma attacks, reduce our lung function, contribute to heart attacks, and even lead to death. Now a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that air pollution also makes it harder for us to recover from COVID-19. The study shows that people who live for years in areas of the country with more particulate pollution in the air are more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who live in areas with less air pollution from particulates. Read more about the health effects of burning.

What can you do instead of burning? Chipping, mulching, composting, and grasscycling are among the best choices. Many Kitsap residents can also subscribe to curbside compost pickup service. If you cannot do these things, keep yard waste at home for the time being. To prevent flooding, keep it out of ditches where it can block the flow of rainwater. Yard waste is not a public health threat and it's not essential to dispose of it during this pandemic. It's not worth risking your health and the health of others to tidy up your yard.


Business and workers weekly update

The state has a new weekly newsletter with information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


Staying Positive: Great Washington Camp-In

The Washington State Parks Foundation invites all Washingtonians experiencing cabin fever to attend the Great Washington Camp-In at 6:30 pm Friday, April 17, streaming live on YouTube. 

The evening consists of Washington State Parks ranger talks and stories, acoustic guitar sing-alongs, adventure poetry, and special campfire recipes like s’mores cocoa. To join in, “campers” can set up tents in their homes or yards, snuggle in their sleeping bags, and enjoy!

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