COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - April 27, 2021

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. April 27

4/27/2021 UPDATE: Kitsap Public Health District's data dashboard was updated with additional cases on Monday afternoon after data had already been pulled for the April 26 daily bulletin. This caused the numbers reported in the bulletin to not match the online dashboard. We apologize for the confusion.

Now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit Kitsap County Public Health at and the Washington State Department of Health at Sign up for vaccine updates from Kitsap Public Health here.

Community-based COVID-19 drive-thru test sites are available at locations in downtown Bremerton, Poulsbo and the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. To learn more and pre-register, go to

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Phase 3 status at risk with COVID-19 on the rise in Kitsap

As COVID-19 activity continues to surge across the region, Kitsap County is at risk of being moved back under the state’s Healthy Washington recovery plan.

Kitsap is currently in Phase 3 of the plan. On May 3, the state will evaluate COVID-19 activity in each county and determine which counties can remain in Phase 3 and which will move back to Phase 2. A move back to Phase 2 would mean tighter restrictions on gatherings, indoor dining and retail, sports and entertainment, and other activities. Learn more about what’s open under each phase.

To remain in Phase 3, we need to meet at least one of these two metrics set by the state:

  1. Our county’s rate of new COVID-19 cases reported per 100,000 population over 14 days must be less than 200.
  2. New COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 population over 7 days must be less than 5.

As of this week, Kitsap County is failing to meet the case rate metric and is on the edge of failing the hospitalizations metric. Our rate of cases per 100,000 has surpassed 200 for the first time since late January and dozens of new cases are being reported daily. If Kitsap’s rate of cases remains above 200 and our rate of hospitalizations rises above 5, it is likely the state will move our county back to Phase 2. See the state’s Roadmap to Recovery data dashboard here.


Tax credits available for small employers to provide paid leave for COVID-19 vaccine appointments

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations. Self-employed individuals are eligible for similar tax credits. See the news release for more information.

The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for leave from April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021. More details are available on this fact sheet.


Help Kitsap stay on the road to recovery

To prevent more people from getting sick and keep our county on the road to recovery, we need to do everything we can to curb the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how you can help:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine and encourage family and friends to get vaccinated too. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available at no cost. Appointments are available across the county. Go to to find a vaccine appointment near you.
  • Keep your guard up: Assume that COVID-19 is spreading in every setting you visit and take precautions. Wear a mask, keep space between yourself and others, avoid crowded places (especially indoors), and encourage people around you to take precautions too.
  • Stay apart from others and get tested if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We continue to conduct case interviews and contact tracing for all positive COVID-19 cases reported in our county, in partnership with the state Department of Health. By interviewing people who test positive for COVID-19, we can make sure people they’ve been in close contact with are notified and help them take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others.
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