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

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

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

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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A COVID-19 volunteer story

On their way in, Anne Moen sees mostly worry.

But as people leave Kitsap County’s drive-through COVID-19 testing sites, they show Moen and her fellow workers a different look.

“There’s a lot of relief, and gratitude,” said Moen, a member of the Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD) team that has spearheaded drive-through testing opportunities at several sites around Kitsap County since the end of October. “I’ve been in public health for 19 and a half years, and I’ve never heard so many ‘thank yous.’”

KPHD’s team staffs the testing sites along with volunteers from the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Center and – until the recent end of the fall academic quarter – first-year nursing students from Olympic College (OC).


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COVID-19 drive-through testing at the Fairgrounds


For those working behind the scenes, the events are more than just five or six hours of actual testing. There’s set-up at the beginning and tear-down at the end of each day, and the collected specimens must be sent to a lab for evaluation.

“I enjoy it, but it is very intense,” said Penny Garner, who drives to testing sites from her Seabeck home three times a week, and is onsite from beginning to end. “I would do more if they did them more often.”

Garner was volunteering with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as part of an Emergency Operations Center response at a local skilled nursing facility. When the first testing site opened, she was summoned along with other CERT volunteers to manage traffic. The team soon asked if she'd like to use her healthcare training as a medical volunteer, and Garner traded in her baton for a testing kit.

Garner said her volunteer experience has helped her feel like she’s doing something positive to slow the spread of COVID-19 – and, at the same time, get her back to her husband’s side.

“I haven’t seen him since March,” she said. “If I can help even one person, it might get me back to my husband faster.”


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Volunteer Penny Garner provides a COVID-19 testing site at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds


OC’s nursing students might not have expected such a hands-on experience from their first quarter in the program, said Dr. Alecia Nye, associate dean for OC’s College of Nursing. But they came to relish it.

“Some of them might’ve felt some trepidation at the beginning,” said Nye. “But we assured them we were following all the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and have all the personal protective equipment. And once they got started, they loved it.”

Since the testing sites opened, about 3,000 tests have been administered and more than 200 positive cases identified. View detailed data on COVID-19 test results throughout Kitsap County at Visit to find a test site near you.

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Story by Michael Moore, Kitsap Public Health District


Inslee proposes budget with focus on COVID-19 recovery

Gov. Inslee announced the details of his 2021-2023 biennial budget proposal today, which includes significant funding for public health, economic supports for workers and businesses, and other services that Washingtonians need to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19.

Inslee’s budget proposals would:

  • Continue an aggressive response to the ongoing pandemic and build more capacity for tackling future public health crises.
  • Rebuild the state’s economy and continue efforts to support households, students, workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic.
  • Address racial and economic inequity.
  • Protect previous investments in areas such as education, childcare and early learning, climate action, behavioral health reform, combating homelessness and access to health care.

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


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