COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - July 24, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. July 24

COVID-19 daily cases


COVID-19 Case Characteristics Report released

The Kitsap Health District released a six-page Case Characteristics Report providing more detail about COVID-19 cases reported in Kitsap County through the end of June.

A sampling of case characteristics:
👤 The average age of cases was 44
😷 Cough was the most common symptom reported (72% of cases), followed by fever (63%); and headache (59%)
😐 8% of cases reported no symptoms
👩‍⚕️ 17% of cases were healthcare workers or first responders
🏥 13% of cases were hospitalized
👥 47% of cases reported or were found to have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19
✈️ 19% of cases reported having recently traveled to a different state

This report will be updated monthly moving ahead.


Kitsap County Elections expands services to keep voters and workers safe

Though voters will see little to no difference this year in how they receive and return ballots, Kitsap County Elections has made significant adjustments. Expected high demand of registrations and changes because of a presidential election year sparked modifications that turned out to be a well-timed response to conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington voters have received their ballots by mail and returned them via drop boxes or mail for more than a decade. That doesn’t change.

For voters needing to use services in person, though, Kitsap County Auditor Paul Andrews worked to open an additional in-person voting center in the county, with all three centers open three days instead of one.

“We expanded the operation from one day to three and added a site because we knew there would be a much bigger demand in a presidential year,” Andrews said. “Adding the extra days will, we believe, make the sites less crowded, allowing voters to safely register and vote.”

The move was also a response to a change in state law last year allowing in-person new voter registration and changes to happen through election day. The voting centers, located in Port Orchard, Bremerton and Poulsbo, give voters a chance to do what’s necessary to participate in the election in person safely.

The most apparent changes are in the work environment of Kitsap County’s temporary elections staff. Workers enter the Elections Office through a single door at the beginning of their shifts where they have their temperatures taken and disinfect with hand sanitizer. Workers who are feeling sick are asked to stay home. In the processing room, workers are wearing cloth face masks or plastic face shields, operating in split shifts and often behind plexiglass dividers at their workstations.

Ballot pick-up teams who travel to drop boxes each day go in separate cars unless they are from the same household. They still work together at the boxes while practicing social distancing, and the ballots are put in boxes and closed with tamper-proof seals.

Due to the pandemic, state driver’s licensing offices were closed, which is often where new Washington residents also became new Washington voters. The Elections Office invites residents to make an appointment to register in person at the Port Orchard office, located inside the Kitsap County Administration Building at 619 Division Street. Residents can fill out a short online form available at or email the office at to sign up for an appointment.

The latest information on Kitsap County Elections is available at

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