COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - March 31, 2021

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. March 31

3/31/2021 UPDATE: Kitsap Public Health District’s daily COVID-19 Surveillance report will no longer show daily negative COVID test results. The data dashboard still will show total number of positive tests and total number of tests for each week by hovering over the percent positive chart, which will be released Thursdays. This provides a more consistent metric for our community.

Community-based COVID-19 drive-thru test sites are available at locations across Kitsap County. To learn more and to pre-register, go to

For the updates and information on COVID-19 vaccination planning, visit Kitsap County Public Health at and the Washington State Department of Health at Sign up for vaccine updates from Kitsap Public Health here. 

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Vaccine eligibility expands to all adults April 15

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Over the past four months since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.

The governor and the state Department of Health have also prioritized equity issues in each phase to ensure vaccine access to populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including communities of color and low-income communities. 

The expansion of eligibility comes, in part, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the state. See the full announcement in the governor's news release.


Weekly outlook from Kitsap Public Health

Kitsap Public Health's Weekly Outlook newsletter is now available. COVID-19 cases are no longer declining in Kitsap; however, more people are eligible for the vaccine. View the full report here or download a printable PDF to share with others.

Here are some numbers to know:

  • As of March 29, 34% of Kitsap residents 16 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64% of residents 65 and older have received their first dose.
  • 103 COVID-19 cases were reported in our county in the most recent week with full data available (March 14-20): 3 cases in Bainbridge, 27 in Bremerton, 22 in Central Kitsap, 9 in North Kitsap, 42 in South Kitsap. 
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain elevated in Kitsap County. 
  • 94 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in Kitsap to date, including 48 since the start of 2021. 

Find more local COVID-19 data at


Planning for holiday and family gatherings

This weekend is a traditional time of gathering and celebration for many households in Kitsap County. As the spread of COVID-19 is on the rise in Kitsap County and across Washington state, consider the creative approaches you can use to create safer gatherings. The steps you take to protect yourself and others make a difference.

As Kitsap County Health Officer Dr. Gib Morrow noted, "With spring holidays and vacations just around the corner, we need to take extra caution to prevent another explosion of cases."

If you choose to gather with people from outside your household:

  • Keep your gathering small
  • Visit outdoors with plenty of space
  • Wear masks
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils and dishes

Find more tips for safer gatherings in both English and Español.


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Updated guidance for workers and facilities 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released several new guidance documents on March 29. Included is updated guidance for farm and agricultural workers, long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, and Phase 3 information for food workers and establishments.

COVID-19 reopening guidance for businesses and employers under the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan can be found on the governor's website. For additional industry-specific safety practices, including those above, visit DOH’s Resources and Recommendations Page.


Bainbridge Island COVID-19 drive-thru test site closed

The City of Bainbridge has closed its test site at City Hall. The last day of testing was offered on Wednesday, March 31. The City will be able to offer testing on an as-needed basis in other locations, should an outbreak occur and support is necessary.

Since November 2020, the COVID test site at City Hall has collected 2,146 tests and there were 16 positive cases. The planned closure of the testing site at City Hall will allow emergency management staff and volunteers to focus entirely on supporting vaccine distribution on Bainbridge Island.

Find a list of Kitsap County COVID-19 test providers at


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