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Health district: 50 more positive cases of COVID-19

On Monday, the Kitsap County Health District confirmed 50 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total of positive tests to 2,476 since March.

South Kitsap had 22, while North Kitsap had seven and Bainbridge Island two.

There have been 27 COVID-19 related deaths in the county since March, two last week. According to the health district, all of the fatalities have been from individuals with underlying health conditions, the large majority over age 65.

Over the past two weeks, Kitsap County’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 163.9, meaning the county is at a “high level” of COVID-19 activity, per state guidelines, which are a case rate above 75 over the previous 14 days.

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.

A total of 125 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.) 650 “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 2,476 total cases, 114 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 635 in Bremerton, 622 in Central Kitsap, 407 in North Kitsap and 698 in South Kitsap.

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. Cases have increased across all age ranges, but during a four-week period ending Oct. 31, the rate of new cases reported among children 18 and younger jumped to its highest level to date.

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