COVID-19 update from the Kitsap EOC - May 5, 2021

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COVID-19 Testing Results Update for Kitsap County as of 2 p.m. May 5

5/5/2021 UPDATES: 

  • The Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center publishes this COVID-19 update on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Daily testing results (M-F) are still available on Kitsap Public Health's COVID-19 surveillance report.
  • Kitsap Public Health District reported two new COVID-19-related deaths on May 4. With the addition of these cases, 108 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in the county to date.
  • The Kitsap Public Health Board held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4. The full meeting recording and presentation slides are available here.

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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COVID-19 daily cases


Inslee announces two-week pause in recovery plan phases as COVID-19 activity shows signs of plateau

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that all counties will remain in their current phase of the Healthy Washington recovery plan for two weeks, as state health officials evaluate shifting COVID-19 case trends. 

Kitsap County remains in Phase 3 of the plan. Find a full list of activities allowed under each phase at

Local leaders call on all Kitsap residents to get vaccinated and keep taking precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19. "It's time to put the hammer down on COVID-19 in Kitsap County, and that starts with getting vaccinated," Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Gib Morrow said. "Every shot counts." 

To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, go to Find COVID-19 prevention tips and guidance on the CDC's website.


Variants fuel fourth wave of COVID-19 infections

The recent weeks have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in Washington. With this, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, especially among younger populations. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports a higher rate of infections than in the third wave.

Experts believe COVID-19 variants are causing more severe infections — raising hospitalization rates and ultimately, deaths. Over 600 hospitalizations were reported in the past week by state hospitals — the most seen in months.

Although people of all ages are vulnerable to COVID-19, the most recent wave seems to be impacting younger people more than others. People under the age of 50 currently make up half of Washington’s hospitalizations.

Read more about this fourth wave, how we got here, and what we can do in this latest DOH blog post.


Take the COVID-19 community survey

Kitsap Public Health District has launched a survey to better understand local impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and perceptions of COVID-19 vaccination. The survey will be open through May 16. All Kitsap County residents are invited to participate. Responses are anonymous.

After completing the survey, respondents will have the option of entering to win one of six $25 gift cards. Kitsap Public Health will choose winners at random after the survey has closed. Results from the survey will be used to help improve local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kitsap Public Health will share survey results in a special data report. 

The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Tagalog. 


KPHD community survey


Updates to guidance for events, religious organizations, and long-term care facilities

Gov. Jay Inslee approved an update to guidance documents for spectator events and religious and faith-based organizations that allows facilities to increase capacity by adding sections for vaccinated attendees. 

The governor also approved an update to guidance documents for Proclamation 20-66, Operations and Visitation, for long-term care facilities. The amended guidance aligns with recent CDC recommendations regarding infection control practices when planning for or allowing group activities or communal dining. 


Weekly Outlook from Kitsap Public Health

Kitsap Public Health's Weekly Outlook newsletter is now available. View the full report here or download a printable PDF to share with others. FIX LINKS

Here are some key numbers to know:

  • As of May 4, 47% of Kitsap residents 16 and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 38% were fully vaccinated.
  • 273 COVID-19 cases were reported in our county in the most recent week with full data available (April 18 - April 24): 3 cases in Bainbridge, 77 in Bremerton, 61 in Central Kitsap, 30 in North Kitsap, 102 in South Kitsap. 
  • Kitsap County's rate of cases per 100,000 population over 14 days — a key metric in state reopening plans — has dipped slightly in recent days to about 190. COVID-19 continues to spread widely in the county.
  • 108 COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported in Kitsap to date.

Find more local COVID-19 data at


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