News from the County's Emergency Operation Center - May 3, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. on May 3

  • Positive tests to date: 152

  • Negative tests to date: 3,742
  • Deaths to date: 2
  • View Kitsap Public Health's interactive COVID-19 data dashboard - available in Spanish and English.

Kitsap Public Health updates

The Kitsap Public Health Board will hold a virtual meeting from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. The agenda includes a COVID-19 update and discussion. Click here for details.

5.3.20 COVID-19 daily case update

Turning the dial

The governor extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31. Nearly all the restrictions that have been in place are still there, but soon there will be new guidance that will allow for retail curbside pickup, car sales, car washes, services, and drive-in spiritual services (you stay in your car like at a drive-in movie, but instead of watching a movie, you watch the religious service).

As we turn the dial and re-enter public life, we’ve got to be vigilant on the things that we do as individuals to keep safe. This blog post from the Washington State Department of Health describes the phased approach to reopen businesses and resume many of the activities we love.

phased reopening chart

Deductibles and copays for coronavirus testing waived for 30 days

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order to Washington state health insurers for 30 days, requiring them to waive copays and deductibles for anyone requiring testing for COVID-19.

Insurers also must continue: 

  • Allowing a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.
  • Suspending any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.

In addition, if an insurer does not have enough medical providers in its network to provide testing or treatment for COVID-19, it must allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost.   

The extension is effective immediately and applies to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term limited duration medical plans until June 3. 


Play a part in documenting COVID-19 history for the future

The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) wants to hear from you and capture your stories about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each person's story adds a unique thread in recording this global event, and future Washingtonians are going to want to know what happened during this pandemic.

Some ideas of what WSHS is looking for:

  • Digital content, for example screen shots of COVID-19 related web pages, emails, memes on social media
  • Audio recordings 
  • Videos (click here for an example)
  • Photos 
  • Written anecdotes or observations 
  • Anything related to the coronavirus pandemic and your experience that you think would be interesting to someone 10, 20, or 100 years from now


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