53 more in Kitsap test positive for COVID-19

N. Kitsap nears 600; S. Kitsap over 1,000

On Sunday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed that 53 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the total number to 3,425 since the pandemic began in March.

Of the new cases, 17 are in North Kitsap and two on Bainbridge Island.

On Friday, the district confirmed two more deaths, with the total now 33 since March. While details on the last two deaths have not been released yet, the previous 31 all died with underlying health conditions. A large majority were over the age of 65.

Over the past two weeks, Kitsap County’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 212.0, meaning the county is well over a “high level” of COVID-19 activity, per state guidelines, with a case rate above 75 over the previous 14 days.

A total of 150 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.) 823 “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.)

Of the 3,425 total cases, 157 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 826 in Bremerton, 830 in Central Kitsap, 599 in North Kitsap and 1,013 in South Kitsap.

Due to a high volume of testing at the state Department of Health, the total number of negative tests along with the percentage of positive tests over the last 14 days are not available.

Based on contact tracing work, the district believes the spread among families and households was a key driver of recent case increases. To prevent spreading it is important for all members of a household to stay home and avoid contact with others if any member of their household has symptoms.