On Wednesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed an additional COVID-related death, bringing the countywide total to 121 since the pandemic began in March of 2020 and 74 since the new year.
Information on the two most recent death was unavailable before press time. Of the 119 prior deaths, 54 were community members 80 and older, 30 ages 70-79, 20 ages 60-69, 10 ages 50-59, three ages 40-49, and two ages 30-39. The first 43 people who died all had underlying health conditions, but the district quit releasing that information.
Additionally, 25 new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the countywide total to 8,973 since the pandemic began.
Of the new cases, two were in North Kitsap and one on Bainbridge Island. Bremerton had 11.
A total of 44 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.) 94 “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 44.5, which is below the “high level” of coronavirus activity — per state guidelines that means any rate 75 and above.
To date, the number of Kitsap County residents 12 and older who have initiated vaccination is 64%, and the rate of positive tests over the last seven days is 3%.
Of the 8,973 total cases, 318 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 2,429 in Bremerton, 2,050 in Central Kitsap, 1,329 in North Kitsap and 2,847 in South Kitsap.