The Kitsap Public Health Board and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved a COVID-19 County Variance request in separate meetings held Wednesday, May 27.

The Kitsap Public Health District administrator has submitted Kitsap County’s variance request to the Washington State Department of Health for review. The state Secretary of Health will make the final decision on whether the application is approved, approved with modifications, or denied.

If approved, the variance would allow Kitsap County to immediately move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 under Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan for recovery. Kitsap County will remain in Phase 1 until the Secretary of Health’s decision is announced.

Find more information in this Kitsap Public Health District statement.