COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - July 22, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. July 22

KPHD results 7-22-20


Community action needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases surge

More than 180 cases reported this month

Kitsap Public Health District officials are urging Kitsap residents to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19, in response to a sustained surge in new cases reported over the last month.

Similar to much of Washington state, the rate of new COVID-19 cases reported in Kitsap has soared since mid-June, reaching the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

“We need everyone’s help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent additional hospitalizations and deaths in our county,” Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner said. “Most community members and businesses are taking the threat of this illness seriously and we are grateful for their commitment. We have a long road ahead and we must work together to protect the health of all Kitsap residents."


Why we need your help

We've seen a sustained surge in new cases reported. More than 180 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed so far in July, surpassing the combined total for March, April, and May.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Kitsap County

  March April May June July
(to date)
Total Cases 105 49 11 93 184
  • Find more detailed data in our daily COVID-19 Surveillance Report and weekly COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the rise, indicating more people are severely ill. 
  • Multiple long-term care facilities have reported COVID-19 outbreaks. Long-term care outbreaks are especially concerning because many residents are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization.
  • Many recent cases have been linked to social gatherings, celebrations, and groups at restaurants or taverns. This indicates some people are not following guidance to avoid large gatherings and crowded places, risking their health and the health of people around them. 
  • Many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 experienced very mild symptoms and didn't know they were at risk of infecting others. 


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Kitsap Transit resumes fare collection for services Aug. 1

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, Kitsap Transit will resume collecting fares on all of its services. Kitsap Transit temporarily stopped collecting fares on March 23 to minimize interaction at fare boxes and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Since then, steps have been taken to protect the health of passengers and employees, including mandatory face coverings, daily disinfection of the fleet and restricting passenger loads. Transparent physical barriers between the operator’s area and the entry door will be installed on buses in July, enabling fare collection to resume.

ORCA cards can be reloaded at the Bremerton Transportation Center which is open 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on weekends.

Current capacity on buses is still 25 to 30 percent, depending on the vehicle. On certain routes, Kitsap Transit operates additional buses to address potential overcrowding. Current capacity on ferries is still 46 passengers on each sailing; the fast-ferry reservation system remains suspended.

For more information, contact Kitsap Transit Customer Service at 1-800-501-RIDE or go to

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