COVID rates continue to drop in Kitsap, 21 new COVID cases confirmed

Over past two weeks, Kitsap’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped to 90

On Wednesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the countywide total to 8,456 since the pandemic began in March of 2020.

Of the new cases, North Kitsap had three, and Bainbridge Island none. South Kitsap had 10.

A total of 142 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.) 120 “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 is 90 and is at a “high level” of coronavirus activity — per state guidelines that means any rate 75 and above.

To date, the number of Kitsap County residents 16 and older who have initiated vaccination is 53.5 percent, and the rate of positive tests over the last seven days is 4 percent.

Of the 8,456 total cases, 297 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 2,257 in Bremerton, 1,941 in Central Kitsap, 1,280 in North Kitsap and 2,681 in South Kitsap.

There have been 111 COVID-related deaths in Kitsap since the pandemic began and 64 since the start of the new year. Of the deaths, 54 were community members 80 and older, 28 ages 70-79, 17 ages 60-69, six ages 50-59, three ages 40-49, two ages 30-39, and one ages 0-19. The first 43 people who died all had underlying health conditions, but the district quit releasing that information.