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

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 1:30 p.m. on July 19

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Requirement for health insurers to cover telehealth service and COVID-19 testing extended to Aug. 16

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to help consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

His order is in effect until Aug. 16 and requires health insurers to continue coverage for telehealth service; cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible; and treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as a provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.

To help free up hospital beds, Kreidler is directing health insurers to waive or expedite prior authorization requirements for home healthcare or long-term care facility services to speed up discharging patients who are ready to leave. Read the release for more information.


Contact tracing helps control the spread of COVID-19; if you receive a call from the health district, please answer

With significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County, contact tracing has also expanded. As of today, there were 52 active cases and 261 active contacts.

The Kitsap Public Health District needs your help when reaching out to those identified as close contacts with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 during the time the person was contagious. Health district staff will check in with the close contacts daily for 14 days after their last exposure.

Contact tracing is one of the best tools to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community and prevent more people from getting sick. Effective contact tracing depends on everyone's participation. If you get a call from Kitsap Public Health, please answer.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, get tested. Start by contacting your regular health care provider or urgent care. A list of test providers in Kitsap County is available here.

To learn more about how Kitsap Public Health investigates COVID-19 cases, click here. The latest information on case contact investigations is available on RIsk Assessment Dashboard.

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