COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - November 19, 2020

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

View the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard for the latest data.

11/19/20 UPDATE: Kitsap Public Health reported two new COVID-19-associated deaths for Kitsap County. Both community members who died were older adults (65 or older) with underlying health conditions. With the addition of these cases, 25 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in our county to date.

DATA UPDATE: The number of "Close Contacts in Quarantine" reported in the Nov. 18 COVID-19 data update included some duplicate contacts. Kitsap Public Health removed duplicates from today's data update, resulting in a reduction in the number of close contacts reported. Read more about these new measures in data reporting in our Nov. 18 bulletin.


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Safe Start report card update

The Kitsap Public Health District has updated the Safe Start report card with data available as of November 17. The report card tracks targets to be met to move to the next phase of the Safe Start recovery plan.

Kitsap County is currently in Phase 2 of Safe Start; however, the four-week long restrictions implemented by Gov. Jay Inslee this week apply to all counties in all phases.

More details are available in the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard.


Safe Start report card


COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts, and is hopeful a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 will be available before the end of the year. See the DOH news release for details.

To see Washington’s interim plan that addresses who might get the vaccine in what phases, go to


Unemployment benefits update

Gov. Jay Inslee announced this week that job search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits will remain suspended through December 7. This means the soonest claimants will be required to actively seek work is the week of December 13. For more information, see the alert about Gov. Inslee’s order to protect public health.

The Employment Security Department (ESD) has changed its unemployment claims center phone hours so it can process claims and get eligible claimants their payments faster.

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the claims center is experiencing an extremely high claims call volume and wait times to speak with an agent are long. People with hearing or speech disabilities may dial 711 to be connected to a Washington Relay Service operator.

ESD is sharing the new tips to avoid delays page for new applicants/weekly claim filers to address common issues that cause delays.


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