COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - December 18, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. Dec. 18

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

12/17/20 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, 33 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in our county to date.

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 year-end message from Kitsap County Commissioners

The Kitsap County Commissioners today released a message to the Kitsap community, extending gratitude to everyone who has joined in the fight against COVID-19: frontline healthcare workers, health district and county staff, community partners and hundreds of volunteers. Their appreciation extends to everyone doing their part to respond to this unprecedented health crisis. 

Kitsap’s resilience during COVID pandemic is stronger than ever. Read more about our community's response, including a summary of local allocations of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds in this full message from County Commissioners.

"Your outpouring of support and care for each other, endurance, safe practices and acts of generosity and kindness help strengthen the resilience in us all. Stay strong - we’ll get through this together!"

- Kitsap County Commissioners: Charlotte Garrido (Chair), Rob Gelder, and Ed Wolfe


Coping with COVID: Healthy communication

During the December holidays in the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many opportunities for tough conversations with family and friends. We may have differing opinions on how to celebrate the holidays while keeping ourselves and our families safe, and it can be hard to share those opinions when you want to keep the peace.


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In this episode of the Washington State Department of Health's (DOH) , Kira Mauseth, PhD and Doug Dicharry, MD discuss what’s happening with our emotions and behaviors, and skills for having challenging conversations during stressful times.

The stress of living through a pandemic influences the way we communicate. Having tough conversations can feel draining, especially with everything else going on right now. Because of the long-term stress we are experiencing,  can feel challenging. We might find ourselves snapping at others but wondering later why we reacted so strongly. Under stress, any conversation with disagreement or strong feelings can feel overwhelming.

It’s ok to feel worried about having hard conversations with loved ones, especially during a disaster. Fortunately, there are skills you can build for healthier communication that can make these conversations easier. Learn more on the DOH Medium page.


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