COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - December 16, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. Dec. 16

* View the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard for the latest data and additional details about this report.

12/16/20 UPDATE: 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, 31 COVID-19 associated deaths have been reported in our county.

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 vaccination planning, visit the Kitsap County Public Health site at and the Washington State Department of Health page at


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COVID-19 safety behaviors remain necessary, even as vaccinations begin

As the first COVID-19 vaccinations begin this week, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is reminding people that it is very important to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The initial distribution of vaccine is a major step forward. 20,475 doses arrived in the state as of noon today. While vaccines are a crucial tool in beating the virus, they can’t be used alone at this time.

We must all continue doing the things that keep us safe and avoid giving in to COVID-19 fatigue. In order to continue flattening the curve, it is crucial that we all continue the infection control practices that have become a part of everyday life for so many of us this year. That means wearing our masks whenever we leave our home and carrying our hand sanitizer. We’ll need to keep maintaining physical distance and reducing the time we spend indoors with people who don’t live with us. Learn more in the DOH news release.


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Inslee announces updated school guidance

Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal today announced an update in the metrics used to inform local school district decisions for in-person learning. They also announced $3 million from set aside funds to be distributed to implement health and safety protocols.

The update to the school health and safety toolkit comes after recent data showed limited COVID-19 transmission in school environments when state health and safety protocols are implemented. The governor will issue an accompanying proclamation requiring schools by law to implement health and safety measures, and mandates staff involvement in health and safety related decisions.

Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.


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