COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - January 19, 2021

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

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

To learn about community-based COVID-19 drive-through test sites, open six days per week at locations across Kitsap County, and to pre-register, go to

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 vaccine supply is limited; local appointments may not be available immediately

The state yesterday announced that COVID-19 vaccination would be opened to everyone 65 and older, and people 50 and older in multigenerational households. The state also launched a Phase Finder tool at to help people navigate the vaccination process. 

While eligibility has expanded, be aware that the supply of COVID-19 vaccine remains very limited and many healthcare providers are not able to schedule appointments at this time. 

“We know Kitsap residents are eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We are just as eager to get community members vaccinated and we are doing everything we can to speed up this process," Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Gib Morrow said. 

"More vaccine is on the way, but right now there is simply not enough vaccine in our county for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. We are asking community members to be patient as the supply increases and local providers are able to open more appointments. Everyone who is eligible for a vaccine will be able to get vaccinated.”

Key points to know:

  • Kitsap Public Health District and local vaccine providers are asking for your patience during this challenging phase of rollout. 
  • It will take weeks for everyone eligible under Phase 1B Tier 1 to get vaccinated. 
  • More vaccine is on the way. 
  • Kitsap Public Health is not administering vaccine to the public at this time, but we will be soon. 

Kitsap Public Health and local healthcare providers are receiving an extremely high volume of COVID-19 vaccine inquiries. We are asking for your patience and understanding as local vaccination efforts scale up to meet demand. See the full news release from Kitsap Public Health for more details.


State announces transition to next phase of COVID-19 vaccination

Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday, Jan. 18, that Washington state will begin transitioning to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination, Phase 1B Tier 1. See more details on these changes in this news release from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Gov. Inslee also announced formation of a Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center, a partnership with DOH and Washington business and labor leaders to coordinate available resources to deliver vaccine across the state as effectively and efficiently as possible. Read more about this public-private partnership here on the governor's Medium page.

These additional groups of people are now eligible for vaccination:

  • People 65 or older
  • People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households (a home where individuals from two or more generations reside, such as an elder and a grandchild)

People eligible for vaccination under Phase 1a can still get vaccinated. This includes healthcare workers, emergency medical responders, and long-term care residents and staff. 

Check and for information and updates. 




Plant hope, grow resilience

The Olympic Community of Health recently hosted a poster contest to encourage hope and resilience during COVID-19. Students grades K-12 across the Olympic region were encouraged to submit poster designs inspired by the theme “Plant Hope, Grow Resilience."

The poster contest was a part of a broader campaign aimed to provide messages and resources related to individual, family, and workforce resilience. One of the four winning posters, pictured below, was submitted by Etta Hovarter, age 7, of Kitsap County. Learn more about the poster contest and view all 22 submissions

Visit the Plant Hope, Grow Resilience website to download resources to help yourself and others as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


OPC award pic


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