COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - August 17, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. Aug. 17

* 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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COVID-19 Utilities Scams

Utility companies in Washington can’t disconnect your service for unpaid bills right now. Anyone who says otherwise is a scammer. If you get a phone call stating your service will be disconnected, hang up and call your utility company.

Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the statewide ban on all utility shutoffs for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic through at least October 15. No one should lose access to their water, energy or phone services right now.

Please note: these provisions do not relieve customers from their obligation to pay utility bills. If you are unable to pay your utility bills, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission may be able to help. Call 1-888-333-WUTC (9882) or visit their website.


Wastewater and COVID-19

You may have read in recent news stories that ribonucleic acid (RNA) from the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in untreated wastewater. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection. Standard treatment and disinfectant processes at wastewater treatment plants are expected to be effective. 

While septic tanks do not disinfect, EPA expects a properly managed septic system to treat COVID-19 the same way it safely manages other viruses often found in wastewater. Additionally, when properly installed, a septic system is located at a distance and location designed to avoid impacting a water supply well. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no information to date that anyone has become sick with COVID-19 because of exposure to wastewater.


Keep calm and wash your hands


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