COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - August 4, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2:00 p.m. Aug. 4

Health District update:

Today, we reported one new COVID-19-associated death for Kitsap County. The community member who died was an older adult with underlying health conditions. With the addition of this case, five COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in Kitsap to date.

Meeting materials and video recording from today's Kitsap Public Health Board meeting are now available on the health district's website.


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Small business rental relief available

Phase 2 of the Kitsap County small business rental relief grant program opened today for those located in unincorporated areas. Funds are meant to reimburse business-related commercial rent or leases and will be awarded to the first 75 qualified applicants. Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000 based upon eligible COVID-19 impacts.
Qualifying businesses may apply through the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance.

Grants are made possible through the Corona Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Kitsap County committed up to $880,000 for small business assistance; $750,000 for businesses in unincorporated Kitsap County and $130,000 for those within Kitsap County cities.


Indoor fitness guidance updated

Gov. Jay Inslee announced updates for Phase 2 and Phase 3 fitness guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. The guidance is effective August 10, 2020. 

Updates include clarification on when facial coverings are required in indoor fitness facilities, changes to calculation of occupancy limits for large facilities, and allowance for fitness and sports training other than group fitness classes. See the governor's memo for more details.

The Kitsap County Pathway to Recovery Playbook was updated today to reflect these changes as well as latest guidance on overnight group summer camps. The Playbook contains a wealth of information to help businesses and individuals navigate the changes which have come with COVID-19.


Employment Security Department resolves claims and launches new dashboard

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has now resolved all claims included in its Operation 100% initiative and restored processing times to an average of four weeks. The initiative included all individuals who had applied for unemployment benefits between March 8 and June 18 who had yet to receive payment and needed ESD to take action to resolve their claims.

The department also launched a new benefits data dashboard to report information about payments, the claimant population, status of claims processing and more. The dashboard will be updated weekly as the pandemic continues.

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