News from the County's Emergency Operation Center - April 17, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. on April 17

  • Positive tests to date: 135

  • Negative tests to date: 2,534 

    Please note that the number of negative tests reported for Kitsap by the state Department of Health has been reduced.

  • Deaths to date: 1
  • View Kitsap Public Health's interactive COVID-19 data dashboard in English.
  • Kitsap Public Health District has created a new COVID-19 information page in Spanish. The page includes local data, fact sheets, and links to additional resources.
  • El Distrito de Salud Pública de Kitsap ha creado una nueva página de información COVID-19 en Español. La página incluye estadísticas locales de COVID-19, hojas informativas y enlaces a recursos adicionales.
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University of Washington announces antibody testing 

Washington now has another tool to fight COVID-19.

The UW Medicine Virology Lab announced today it will start performing diagnostic blood tests to identify if a person was previously infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These tests must be ordered by a healthcare provider and will be available next week. 

According to the UW, the medical community is still working to understand to what degree having these antibodies will protect you from future infection.

Watch today's press conference on YouTube to learn about antibody tests and the UW's work.


Eviction moratoriums

Governor Inslee has extended the eviction moratorium through June 4 and added additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants.

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is considering a moratorium on evictions of small businesses and non-profits for late or non-payment of rent. The proposed moratorium would extend at least through May. The Board is seeking input on the proposal. Read about the idea and submit feedback.


Honoring Officer Enget

Restrictions in place under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order have prevented community gatherings to honor Bainbridge Island Police Officer Kurt Enget, who died April 10 after being hospitalized for treatment of symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.

Despite the restrictions, tributes have poured in to Bainbridge Island Police, from the cards and flowers left at the police station to chalkboard messages and blue lights seen in neighborhoods.

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Bainbridge police are encouraging people to don or display blue ribbons to show support for Officer Enget, his family and his fellow officers. Ribbons, prepared by volunteers, have been placed in a basket outside the police station on Winslow Way.

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