On Wednesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed another COVID-related death, bringing the countywide total of virus-related fatalities to 83 since the pandemic began in March of 2020 and 40 since the start of the new year.
Details on the most recent death were not available by press time. Of the 82 prior deaths, 46 were community members 80 and older, 23 ages 70-79, nine ages 60-69, two ages 50-59, and one each for ages 40-49 and 30-39. The health district didn’t list how many had other health conditions, but earlier reported the first 43 people who died all had underlying health conditions.
Additionally, the health district confirmed 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, bringing the countywide total of cases to 5,758 since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
Of the new cases, North Kitsap had two and Bainbridge Island none.
A total of 63 cases were considered in “isolation” by the health district, meaning they are “confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases who are in their recommended isolation period” (10 days after first symptoms.) 270 “total close contacts in quarantine” were also confirmed in Kitsap, meaning they are “residents who were determined to be close contacts of confirmed cases and are in their recommended quarantine period” (14 days after last contact with case).
Over the past two weeks, the county’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped to 59.9, meaning the county is now under a “high level” of coronavirus activity – per state guidelines that means any positive case rate 75 and above.
To date, the number of vaccine doses given by Kitsap facilities is 63,177. The total number of negative tests is 125,999, and the rate of positive tests over the last seven days is 3.1 percent.
Of the 5,758 total cases, 265 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 1,543 in Bremerton, 1,351 in Central Kitsap, 972 in North Kitsap and 1,627 in South Kitsap.