COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - September 28, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. Sept. 28

  • Positive tests to date: 1,214

  • Negative tests to date: 38,217
  • Deaths to date: 13
  • View Kitsap Public Health's COVID-19 surveillance report - Disponible en Español
  • View the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard for the latest data.
  • Kitsap Public Health reported a new COVID-19-associated death for Kitsap County. The community member who died was an older adult (65 or older) with underlying health conditions. With the addition of this case, 13 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in Kitsap County to date. Find a summary on the Risk Assessment Dashboard.


KPHD test results 9-28-20


State and local COVID-19 cases at a crossroads: don't let your guard down now to crush the curve this fall

The latest local and statewide data show COVID-19 transmission at a crossroads in Kitsap County and across Washington.

The rate of new COVID-19 cases reported in Kitsap has declined somewhat since July and August, but a significant number of cases are still reported daily. On Friday, the Washington State Department of Health released a situation report showing case counts decreasing overall in both eastern and western Washington, though some counties are experiencing plateaus or increases in disease activity.

As a community, we can keep pushing case counts in the right direction by wearing masks, staying at least six feet apart from others, remaining home anytime we feel sick, and getting tested right away if we have any COVID-19 symptoms. Case numbers could climb again heading into fall if we let our guard down now.

As the Department of Health noted:

  • We can crush the curve heading into fall if we all make some small improvements to our current efforts to contain the virus. We’ve held the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) close to 1 across the state since July. As of September 10, the best estimates of the reproductive number were 1.14 in western Washington and 0.92 in eastern Washington. The goal is a number well below one, which would mean COVID-19 transmission is declining. 
  • We continue to see significant differences in disease activity from county to county. Benton, Clark, Franklin, Pierce and Spokane counties are experiencing plateaus in their case counts. This is a concerning trend, since COVID-19 risk may increase going into the fall.
  • We are at a crossroads statewide as people begin to spend more time indoors and some schools move to hybrid or other in-person models. Even slight increases in transmission due to these changes, may result in exponential growth. However, if we collectively make small improvements to our behavior and environments, we could decrease transmission enough to allow further K-12 school reopening.

“As the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors, we must all take precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “If you gather inside with people outside your household, it’s critical to keep the group as small as possible. Limit the length of time you spend together and the number of gatherings you have. Everyone should wear face coverings and stay at least six feet apart. Opening windows can also improve ventilation, even if it means wearing extra layers to stay warm.”


CARES grants available for arts and cultural organizations

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), in coordination with the Washington State Department of Commerce, is accepting applications for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding grants to be distributed to arts and cultural organizations statewide. The deadline for application is October 23, 2020.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including tribal organizations and fiscally sponsored groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. Organizations must have current federal tax-exempt status or be sponsored by a qualifying non-profit that has arts, culture, and/or heritage in its mission statement. Grants will be processed and paid by the end of December.

Applications will be evaluated under three main criteria: Financial Need, Arts and Cultural Programming, and Communities Served. To ensure geographic distribution, applications will be evaluated by regional panels serving the northwest, southwest, central, and eastern regions of the state.

Read the ArtsWA CARES Relief Grant Fall 2020 Guidelines for more information. For questions, contact Miguel Guillén at



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