COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - August 11, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. Aug. 11

Kitsap Public Health Data Update: Due to technical difficulties, the state Department of Health has not been able to provide consistent updates on negative COVID-19 test totals since Aug. 1. Because negative test totals are unavailable, Kitsap Public Health has temporarily stopped reporting the number of negative tests reported to date and the percent of total tests that were positive. We will resume reporting these numbers when regular reports become available from the state. This issue does not affect our ability to report positive cases.


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Inslee announces updates to Safe Start guidance

Gov. Jay Inslee issued additional guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan for agricultural events, indoor fitness, and religious and faith-based services. 

  • Agricultural events: These guidelines apply to livestock and horse exhibitions/shows/sales/auctions, companion animal (dog, cats, rabbits, etc.) shows, or any substantially similar event. Read the governor's memo for more information.
  • Indoor fitness: Gov. Jay Inslee released additional FAQ clarification related to indoor fitness guidance. The updated FAQs clarify guidance for larger indoor fitness and training facilities where adequate social distancing and sanitation protocols can be followed.
  • Religious and faith-based services: Updated guidance reduces restrictions for some religious and faith-based services.

The Kitsap Pathway to Recovery Playbook, developed by the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, has been modified to include these updates. This comprehensive collection contains all industry-specific guidance for individuals, employers, and businesses related to the state's Safe Start recovery plan.


Grant funding available for Kitsap small businesses

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) partnered with Kitsap County to administer the Kitsap CARES Small Business Rental Relief Grant Program, made possible by federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds.

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Phase 3 of the application process opened today to distribute an additional 26 awards, totaling $130,000. Funds are available to reimburse business-related commercial rent or lease expenses for businesses located in unincorporated Kitsap County. Applications are also open for businesses within the City of Port Orchard.

For more information, go to Please address questions to with Kitsap CARES in the subject line.


Tips for wearing cloth face coverings

Covering your face while in public is one of the easiest, least restrictive actions you can take to keep interactions with other people safe. The statewide face covering order requires face coverings in any indoor place that isn’t your home and in outdoor places where you can’t maintain six feet of distance from non-household members.

Find a face covering that is reasonably comfortable for you. Some have loops that go behind the ears, some have ties, and some stay on through other innovative designs. Remember, what works for you might not work for everyone.

For more tips and tricks to make wearing your face covering easy, convenient, and safe, read this blog post from the Washington State Department of Health.


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