COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - August 15, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 11 a.m. Aug. 15

* DATA UPDATE: Due to technical issues, the state Department of Health has been unable to provide consistent updates on negative COVID-19 test results. This issue is affecting our ability to update total negative tests and the percentage of total tests that are positive for Kitsap County. It does not affect our ability to report positive cases.


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Emergency order on telehealth extended for 30 days

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order again, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until Sept. 15 and requires health insurers to:

  • Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype and Go-to-Meeting. 
  • Cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible. 
  • Treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.  

Read the full press release here.


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What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Out of nowhere, you have a cough. Or a headache. You’re wondering if you might be feverish. You start sniffing things and can’t really tell if your sense of smell is normal. You googled your symptoms, you’ve used the CDC symptom checker, and you’re still wondering if this might be COVID-19. Now what?

  • Isolate yourself as much as possible, stay home and don't run errands.  If you generally need to go to work in person, call your supervisor to let them know about your concerns, and request time off. 
  • Call your health care provider, let them know how you're feeling and ask about getting tested. A COVID-19 test is free no matter what kind of insurance you have or don't have. If you do not have a health care provider or health insurance, call 2-1-1 to find testing sites and how to call ahead for an appointment.
  • Make sure you understand how you will learn the results and who to call if you haven’t heard in the expected amount of time. Stay home and isolate yourself while waiting for test results.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, a public health professional will reach out to you with help and advice for isolating yourself. They will also talk with you to understand how you may have caught COVID-19 and help contact others who may have been exposed. 
  • Practice compassion. Take care of your friends by canceling plans if you don’t feel well. 

Read more about steps to take if you think you might have COVID-19 to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care.


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