COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - July 2, 2020

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


Health District update:

Today, the Kitsap Public Health District added the number of "active" COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County to the daily surveillance dashboard. “Active cases” are community members who tested positive for COVID-19 and are advised to isolate until they are no longer at risk of spreading the virus, per CDC guidelines. A Kitsap Public Health employee checks in with these cases every day. Cases will be listed as “active” until they no longer need to isolate. There were 22 active cases in Kitsap County on July 1.


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Gov. Inslee announces all Safe Start applications on hold until July 16, businesses must require face coverings

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee put a two-week pause on all county applications to reopen due to high levels of COVID-19 activity across the state. Counties will remain in their current phase until at least July 16. Kitsap County is currently in Phase 2 of the Safe Start recovery plan.

Gov. Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman also announced that starting July 7, businesses will be required to ensure their customers or clients and employees are wearing face coverings. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face-covering order.

The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state, and after last week’s proclamation mandating the same requirement of businesses in Yakima County. Read the full announcement here.

There are exemptions to the previous Department of Health face-covering order, including people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and children under the age of 2. The order does not require you to document or prove a reason for not wearing a face covering. If a business won’t allow you to enter their office or store, ask them what accommodations they can provide such as curbside pick-up, delivery or virtual meeting options.

More information on these new orders will be posted at



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Party like it's 2020

This weekend will be filled with celebrations. The continued spread of COVID-19 means we need to celebrate differently. Staying local and keeping our circle of contacts small will help Kitsap County stay on the path to recovery. Your home, away from people outside your immediate household, remains the safest place to be.

Here is a short list of things to remember when it comes to gathering together in the time of COVID-19:

  • Outside is safer than inside.
  • Small groups are safer than large groups.
  • Less time together is safer than more time together.
  • Within six feet, face coverings are better than no face coverings.

To learn more tips about keeping you and your family safe, click here



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Special phone line takes non-emergency calls to report concerns about fireworks use until July 6

Just a reminder: To reduce the impact of non-emergency calls into Kitsap 911, persons concerned about fireworks use who aren't reporting immediate threats to life or property can call a special line (360) 307-5811 now through 5 a.m. July 6.

Fireworks rules in Kitsap County vary between cities and unincorporated areas as well as on local tribal reservations. To learn more, visit the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's page at:



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COVID-19 impacts ferry schedules

Public health officials are asking Washingtonians to stay close to home this holiday weekend to help slow the uptick we’re seeing in the transmission of COVID-19. If you do happen to have plans that involve a ride aboard one of our state ferries, check before you travel.

Washington State Ferries is telling passengers to plan and prepare for extended waits. Several routes, including the Kingston-Edmonds run, are operating on reduced schedules dependent on their COVID Response Service Plan.

With more than 100 high-risk employees unavailable due to the pandemic, crewing has been a challenge. Due to a lack of crew members needed to meet U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements, there have been further schedule reductions over the past few weekends.


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