COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - July 20, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of  4 p.m. July 20

KPHD test results 7-20-20


State returns Kitsap County's Phase 3 application 

Today, the Washington State Department of Health returned all pending Safe Start applications statewide, including Kitsap County's Phase 3 application, that were put on hold or pending review before Gov. Jay Inslee implemented a statewide pause on reopening plans until July 28, in response to increased COVID-19 activity.

By the time these applications are eligible for review, at least four weeks will have passed. Much has changed during this time period and information in the applications will be outdated.

Read the full release from the Department of Health here

COVID-19 cases in Kitsap linked to social gatherings

Kitsap County continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases with 86 new cases reported in the county last week. As numbers continue to rise, the Kitsap Public Health District has noted a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases linked to social gatherings at parties and dining establishments in Kitsap. 

Now is not a good time to host or attend a party. Staying home is still the safest. If you gather with others, fewer people is safer than more people. Six feet apart is safer than rubbing shoulders. Wearing face coverings is safer than not wearing face coverings. Outside is safer than inside.

Kitsap residents urged to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

▪️  Avoid large gatherings and crowded places.
▪️  Stay six feet apart from people outside your household.
▪️  Wear a face covering when you are around other people.
▪️  Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
▪️  Always stay home when you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild.
▪️  Get tested as soon as possible if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms. 
▪️  Be compassionate to people around you. We are all in this together!

Staying home is safest flyer


Applications for first round of Kitsap business rental assistance grants in unincorporated areas opens July 21

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is partnering with Kitsap County to administer Kitsap CARES Small Business Rental Relief Grant Programa small business grant program made possible by federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds.

Kitsap County committed $880,000 for small business assistance using federal CARES funding. Up to $750,000 will be awarded to businesses in unincorporated Kitsap County and $130,000 within incorporated Kitsap County cities. The grants are meant to reimburse business-related commercial rent or lease expenses paid between March 1, 2020 and date of the grant application.

Each business may receive up to $5,000, based upon eligible COVID-19 impacts. Program details for grants to businesses in unincorporated areas, eligibility requirements and the application timeline and process are available at

Applications will be accepted via an online application which will go live at noon on each of three predetermined dates (July 21, August 4 and August 11). Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible businesses. Phases 1 and 2 apply to businesses physically located in unincorporated Kitsap County. Phase 3 applies to businesses physically located in Kitsap's incorporated cities.

  • Phase 1: July 21 for unincorporated Kitsap County ($375,000 – 75 awards)
  • Phase 2: August 4 for unincorporated Kitsap County ($375,000 – 75 awards)
  • Phase 3: August 11 for incorporated cities ($130,000 – 26 awards) 

The City of Bremerton and City of Port Orchard recently released statements on CARES funding that will be available for businesses located within their boundaries.

For questions, contact with Kitsap CARES in the subject line. For more information on Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, available funding and resources for businesses related to relief from the pandemic, visit



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